The Republic of Chile is situated in South American that occupies a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. It is bordered to the north by Peru, to the northeast by Bolivia, to the east by Argentina and to the south by the Drake Passage. Its territory includes the islands of Juan Fernandez, Salay y Gomez, Desventuradas, and Easter Island in Oceania. Chile is the longest north-south country in the whole world making it one of the unique countries in the whole world because of its narrowness. The country is a mixture of Spanish and other immigrant cultures where influences and traditions come together into a wonderful and fascinating country that is worth discovering. A nation that stays true to its nationalism and cultural pride that continuously flourishes into abundancy of admiration from the entire world. Its national cuisines, rich marine life, and mysteries that wow the world.
1. National Dance to Enjoy and TreasureZamacueca or cueca for short has been and always been the national dance of Chile. It was firstly used in the 1970s to promote Chilean nationalism, cultural pride and used as a strong form of expression of their patriotism. During a cueca dance, the Chileans are expected to wear their traditional clothes mostly in the color of blue, white, red and black. For men, riding pants and boots with a short jacket accessorize with a Huaso’s hat makes up the traditional Chilean clothes for men. Chilean women can wear a floral dress or skirt and accessorize it with a beautiful necklace. In dancing the traditional cueca, never forget the handkerchief as it plays a big role in letting the audience know you’re about to begin the dance. Maintaining contact through facial expression with your partner and synchronized body movements beautifully is the perfect way to enjoy dancing.
2. Traditional Food at its FinestWith a large influence from the Spanish culture and other European migratory like the Italians, French, British, and Germans, it is no surprise that Chilean cuisines are a mixture of traditions and various styles of cooking. The French style of cooking left a big marked on Chilean cooking and has been long used. The traditional food of Chile is Curanto that comprises of seafood, meat, potatoes, and vegetables. The traditional preparation starts with digging a hole covering the bottom with heated stones and set a bonfire until the fire is looking red. The different layers of ingredients are covered with Chilean leaves or fig leaves and cooked up to one hour. Now, the delicious curanto can be cooked in a grill or pressure cooker with the same ingredients, procedures and more surprising aromas.
3. Unforgettable Waves for SurfingOne of the best places to go in South America for a great surfing action is in Chile as it is possible to surf almost all year round with exemptions to the months of July to August. Its rich wave coastline and undiscovered surfing spots are every surfer’s dream and even photographers dream to catch best waves with the amazing surfer’s jump in unison with the high waves. From warmer water to chilly waters, you can definitely have the spectacular once in a lifetime experience playing with the good waves and perfect sceneries of the beautiful coastline. Unforgettable memories will sweep you into your surfboard with waves rolling perfectly chasing your dream surfing experience.
4. Famous Classic RodeoIn the rural areas of Chile, Rodeo has been a long popular sport and continuously making its history. The team or collera is consists of two riders and two horses ride laps around in an arena trying to stop a calf with no lassoing and bull-riding. The Rodeo is not only a sport but also a part of the historical practice of Chile country folks. Chilean Rodeo is different from the other rodeo of other countries. It’s fun, a series of excitement and a little bit of danger all rolled into one so it’s definitely a must-do in the country of Chile.
5. Mysterious Moai StatuesMoai Statues is found in the Eastern Island of Chile. It is a form of a single large block of stone carved into human figures with an overly large head and each faces wears a proud and mysterious expression. The face carries heavy brows, elongated noses and protruding lips in a thin pout. This magnificent work is done by the Rapa Nui people, the inhabitants of Easter Island. These statues are known as the living faces od the aringa ora. The statues are known as a symbol of authority and power and to the Rapa Nui people, they believe that the statues are a place where the sacred spirit lives and it carries a mystery on the other world.
6. Best Wine RegionsCheer up your heart with Chilean wines. The country is the fifth-largest exporter of wines in the whole world. Due to the perfect weather condition of Chile, it has maintained a perfect temperature in maintaining the grapes’ acidity levels. So, where can we really spot the perfect wine for almost every occasion? In the region of Atacama, Coquimbo, Aconcagua, Central Valley Region and its sub-regions even the Valleys of Cachapoal, Colchagua, and Maule. Some famous vineyards offer wine tasting tours to visitors and even got an unlimited taste of these wines. Chile even won the high ranked award for being one of the top wines in every Wine tasting event in the whole world.