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Chile voted WORLD’S Leading Adventure Tourism Destination!

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Drum roll, drum roll, drum roll! For the first time EVER, Chile was selected as the WORLD'S LEADING ADVENTURE TOURISM DESTINATION at the end of 2017! This recognition was bestowed at the 23rd version of the World Travel Awards, considered the "Oscars" of tourism. That means that Chile was voted the best by people around the world making their choices online.

In 2016 and 2017, Chile was voted the regional Leading Adventure Tourism Destination in South America, but this time we took on the world and we conquered! Competing against strikingly beautiful countries such as Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Japan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the United States, Chile shone and was awarded the prestigious award.
Among the natural landscapes that Chile has to offer, several stand out as particularly unique such as locations with undiscovered routes or Torres del Paine National Park, which was selected as the 8th Wonder of the World with some of the best hiking in Patagonia.

San Pedro de Atacama is one of the most popular destinations among foreign tourists, an oasis of life in the midst of the barren desert. The surroundings reveal the area's extraordinary geography with smooth plains ending in a chain of mountains and volcanoes that tower over 6,000 meters above sea level and contrast with white salt flats.

San Pedro de Atacama Sol y Nieve Travel Adventure Pucon

The Austral Highway has been chosen several times as one of the most photogenic routes in the Americas. At over one thousand kilometers long, it traverses a large part of Northern Patagonia in the Region of Aysén. Here, one can access attractive destinations such as Queulat National Park, San Rafael Glacier and the spectacular Marble Cathedrals in General Carrera Lake, the largest in Chilean territory.

Marbel Caves Sol y Nieve Travel Adventure Pucon

Easter Island (Isla de Pascua) is an ideal place for scuba diving and snorkeling. Its crystal clear, unpolluted waters offer some of the best visibility in the world at approximately 50 meters. Thanks to its volcanic origin, the underwater topography is striking and distinguishes the island from other such locations around the world.

Easter Island Sol y Nieve Travel Adventure Pucon

And of course we cannot forget our very own Volcano and Lake District, a place where volcanoes stand proud at every turn, pristine lakes shimmer, winding rivers meander, temperate rainforests home to unique wildlife, with German architecture and food the Alpine mid-south is a must.

Huerquehue National Park Sol y Nieve Travel Adventure Pucon

Pucón has long been dubbed the adventure tourism capital of Chile and it just happens to be located right in the middle of the Volcano and Lake District. This means that by default, it is the most perfect place to begin your trip. Why not start off in style by tackling our full day non-technical ascent of Villarrica volcano?!

Here are our top eight reasons why you should do the Villarrica volcano ascent today with Sol y Nieve:

#1. Anyone can give the day trek a go! As long as you are not on crutches, have recently had back surgery or are really really really scared of heights, then there is no reasonable reason why you cannot get yourself up to the summit! There is no denying that it is not a walk in the park, and yes, you do need to be in relatively good shape, but a positive attitude is way more important, oh, and trust in your guide! If you still need more convincing check out our previous "Do you think I can make it?" blog here.

#2. Our guides are fully qualified, totally competent cheery fellows who have been up to that summit many more times than you could believe! It will actually harder to believe that they do that for a living after you have summited yourself and are reflecting on your day over a cold beer thinking "wow, what a once in a lifetime experience"!

#3. Our equipment is well maintained, clean and cared for, and it is renewed whenever it begins to show signs of unacceptable wear and tear. You will be asked to wear a helmet, carry an ice axe and crampons, and will be handed a wind jacket and over trousers too for the descent. The amount of stuff you have to take with you looks quite a lot at first sight, but it is all essential gear and without it you are simply not allowed to ascend.

#4. You will be able to peak into the crater and (maybe!) see the lava lake, usually! No other words necessary! That is simply really very cool! We must add that we cannot guarantee you see lava when you are at the summit, some days there is too much vapor, some days the lava is deeper in the crater than others. There is definitely more chance of seeing it there though than if you stay downtown wondering whether you could have actually gotten yourself to the peak!

#5. You also get to slide down on your bottom on a manmade snow toboggan run. That is more than cool (literally!) and is often quoted as the best part of the day by our clients!

5 sliding down villarrica volcano sol y nieve pucon

#6. You get to see views like this from the crater.

6 Views from Volcan Villarrica sol y nieve pucon

#7. This will never EVER have tasted so good!

7 beer after ascent villarrica volcano sol y nieve pucon

#8. And while you are enjoying it you will marvel that you were standing right there not too many hours ago!

8 peak from Pucon after ascent villarrica volcano sol y nieve pucon

If you are fit, healthy and have a spirit of adventure there really is no reason why the full day ascent of one of the world's most active volcanoes would not be at the top of your bucket list!

For more detail of our other exciting adventure excursions such as white water rafting, hydrospeed, horseriding, canyoning, as well as the Villarrica volcano ascent, please contact Sol y Nieve heretoday!

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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