Chile will be welcoming 700 industry leaders representing 63 different countries for the adventure travel summit at the beginning of October. The summit is a great excuse to spend a few days discovering Santiago first. Chile and its people welcome tourists with open arms. Speak to us, learn from us and have some adventures with us !
Adventure travel summit in Chile – Great news for Chile and even greater for those attending
Chile will be welcoming 700 industry leaders representing 63 different countries for the adventure travel summit at the beginning of October in the glorious and unscaved province of Llanquihue en Puerto Varas. The region is known for its wooden colonial homes built in the 1900’s by German immigrants on the shores of Lago Llanquihue, Chile’s second largest lake. It’s no surprise that the summit will be situated beside vast lakes and high mountaintops. The fresh air entices people to venture into the outdoor playground that cusps the city.
The summit aims to connect people in the adventure travel industry enabling them to build networks, relationships, and discuss new business ideas. The body of the summit begins on the 5th of October beginning with a ‘day of adventure.’ Such words will have the tourism experts already packing their water flasks and wooly socks grinning to themselves in anticipation.The following 4 days are a string of events, plenary sessions and inspirational and insightful keynote speeches. These speeches are given by some of the most influential people in tourism such as Minesh Shah from TripAdvisor and Keira Powers from Spirit of America. The theme of sustainability is going to be a main topic throughout the summit with the global warming’s effect on tourism present throughout the talks.
Chile has great potential to be a top ranking country for activity tourism. Chile stretches over 4,300km from North to South giving it a diverse geography and climate. The North is home to the world’s driest desert – the Atacama. The more central areas contain parts of the Andes (the longest continental mountain range worldwide) blessing Santiago with pink painted peaks come dusk and dawn. The more south you venture you’ll be presented with mind bendingly beautiful lakes that are deafeningly peaceful, large farmland areas, snow peaked volcanoes and lush native forests. Chile was created by the gods of adventure luring global : hikers, bikers, boarders, kayakers, cliff jumpers, adrenaline junkies, fly fishermen, bungee jumpers and horse riders… to name a few! Chile has embraced the development of sustainable tourism with the government’s commitment to developing standards and regulations. Hosting the summit is a great method of promoting the beautiful country whilst inspiring members of the industry to spend more time in Chile and get the word out.
It is a known and wonderful fact that the tourism industry has been growing rapidly in the past decade. It’s economically benefitting many countries whilst simultaneously educating and inspiring people that are global wanderers. Many countries aim to build around tourism. Dubai for example hosts many tourists annually and is designed to impress visitors. Chile on the other hand is naturally appealing due to its nature, people, culture and geography. Chile’s tourism industry generated $24.3billion USD in 2013. This is impressive compared to Costa Rica’s USD$5.9. However it seems there is certainly room for improvement with the world average being at $55billion USD. The summit aims to increase this number and put Chile at the top of the map for an outdoor tourism destination. The mountains, lakes and landscapes have their work cut out for them. Ensuring that they stay the same as they have been for the last thousand years… everything should go as planned!
As previously mentioned the whole country offers a variety of activities even though the conference is being held in the southern lake district area. However there will be many adventurous people needing to kill time in the country’s capital of Santiago… Contrary to some beliefs the city isn’t just for killing time, it’s a city to have a time… A BLOODY GREAT TIME!! If you’re here for one day or one week the choices are vast. So I present to you the top of the charts, the dogs bollocks, the bee’s knees, the best options to have a grand time here in Santiago !! It’s always best to start your time with an introductory tour of the city. Tours4tips are a great option because they give you an taste of the city, its culture, take you off the beaten track and introduce you to places that you might want to explore further… Sound good? Well wait till you see the fantastic looking guides in their ‘Wheres Wally’ outfits. Tours start at 10am and 3pm daily in front of museo de bella artes and it costs you as much as you wish to tip ! These tours will give you a taste of the city so you can venture off alone and explore more.
Popular destinations include the funky boutique area of Bellavista, the infamous St cristobal hill, La Vega market which stretches over 4 blocks and the Gran Costanera building (Latin Americas tallest building). Following these destinations if you are keen to get a taster of adventure already you can rent some bikes at La Bicicleta Verde. Providing mountain bikes to those who are already eager to break a sweat. Or if you’re just in for a warm up rent one of the city cruisers to wander the streets freely and with ease. Also offering wine tours if you want to get out the city for the day and check out some of the world’s finest wines !
All of the exploring of Santiago is thirsty work. But you’re in luck – Santiago is the perfect place to grab a Terremoto (translation – earthquake, named for good reason, after just one the ground below your feet may feel a little shaky). Head to Bar the Clinic for a true local experience and soak up the atmosphere and unusual decor !
Chile is not world renowned for its food. However if you look hard enough you will be pleasantly surprised. With a country so rich in fresh fruit, vegetables and fish you can always find a mouth watering dish here ! Tío Willy is a seafood treasure with a selection of some of Chile’s finest wine! Or if you’re still not convinced by the Chilean way of cooking then you can easily pick up the world renowned Peruvian cuisine. Donde Guido is a good place to start offering Peruvian Sandwiches with more sauce options than you can shake a ketchup bottle at ! Hopefully all that will be enough to oil your gears and excite the soul ready to make the trip down south.
The summit is a great excuse to spend a few days discovering Santiago first. Chile and its people welcome tourists with open arms. Speak to us, learn from us and have some adventures with us !