Tokanao is a village in the northern part of Chile, located at 2485 meters above sea level, near the Atacama Desert and the Andes mountain range. The air is extremely dry, which creates a condition for its perfect transparency and with the naked eye you can see the salt deposits even at 70 km. distance.
The village is like a small oasis in the heart of the salt desert. The buildings are built entirely of stone of volcanic origin, with which nature abounds here. The name Tokanao means stone. Despite the lunar landscape of the surrounding area, the village is famous for its orchards and flower alleys. The most remarkable building in Tokanao is the church, whose bell tower was erected in 1750.
The Atacama is 15 million years old, and NASA experts are using it to test their technology for future missions to Mars. Beneath the thick and rough crust, layered with salt and dust in the valley, is a lake that contains one of the largest lithium deposits in the world.
Tokanao is a flower in the heart of the most barren desert in the world. Surrounded by the salt lakes and fields of the Atacama, the village offers both ghostly white views and conditions for rest and relaxation.
Vina del Mar
Viña del Mar is a resort town in Chile, located in the central part of the country on the Pacific coast and is close to Valparaiso. With its 300,000 inhabitants, the city is the fourth largest in the country. Translated from Spanish, its name means “vineyard by the sea”.
The resort has gained worldwide fame with its long stretches of white sandy beaches and turquoise ocean waters. In addition to conditions for sea tourism, Vina del Mar offers its visitors cozy parks and gardens with lots of greenery and fountains. The symbol of the city is the huge clock, the numbers of which are made of blooming flowers. The botanical garden and the racetrack are visited by tens of thousands of tourists all year round.
Easter Island is an island possession of Chile, located in the Pacific Ocean and is 3600 km away. in a westerly direction from the country. The island is formed by three volcanoes, and the locals are only 3800.
The first European to set foot on the mysterious island was Jakob Rogeven. This happened on April 5, 1722, Easter, whence the name of the island. Later, the ships of James Cook and LaPerouse docked at this place.
The island is famous for its moai – upright stone statues in the shape of human heads. The unique monoliths are over 900 and are from 1 m to over 11 m high. The faces of the silent inhabitants are characterized by unusually long and sharp noses and elongated ears. Dozens of unfinished statues still stand in the stone quarry, as if the unknown sculptures had suddenly left their studio. To this day, it is not clear for what purpose the bizarre stone heads were made and what happened to their creators, who failed to complete what they started.
In the crater of the largest volcano is the ceremonial village of Orongo, which is 53 stone houses without doors and windows. There is a legend that after a 1-2 minute stay in one of the houses a person’s eyes begin to see in the dark.