Joint Masters in International Tourism and Events Management
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Development of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences and Klaipeda University international Master’s study program
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Global Conference on Sustainability, Tourism and Hospitality on January 23, 2015
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Chile - a Country of Contrasts
Author: liga.tuca Date: 21.08.2013

By Prof. Tim Knowles, Manchester Metropolitan University

Since 1990 travel to South America has grown many fold and particularly to Chile. On arrival to its capital Santiago de Chile, via usually Brazil or Argentina, there is a feeling you have just arrived in a city like Geneva, surrounded by high mountains capped with snow and many internationally designed modern buildings. The mountains - Andes- are however considerably higher than the Alps! A quick look at the geography of Chile shows it is a long thin country. To travel by plane from Arica in the north to Punta Arenas in the south could take 10-12 hours.

We should not forget Easter Island which is part of chile - 4 hours flight from Santiago in the middle of the Pacific close to French Polynesia. Within a 2 hour drive from Santiago the traveller could be skiing 3000 or even 4000 metres up in the Andes at the resort of Portillo on the Chilean - Argentina border. There are other ski resorts Valle Nevado 40 minutes drive from the capital. The photo of Portillo below was taken in August. Take a different turn in Santiago and within an hour you can arrive in Vina del Mar and Valparaiso on the Pacific coast. Such cities are not far from the home - Isla Negra - of the Nobel prize winner for literature Pablo Neruda.

Four hours to the north of Santiago by plane is the Atacama desert - the driest place in the world. This is where the town of San Pedro de Atacama is located. Close by are 4 of the 5 species of Flamingos located in the salt lakes and towards the Andes- spectacular geysers. Five hours plane journey to the south of Santiago brings you to the Chilean Lake District - much bigger than England and further south Patagonia, glaciers and penguins. The final city at the tip of chile is Punta Arenas, the most southern city in the world, or as what the early explorers would say Finis Terrae - that's Latin for the end of the world!

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