In Chile there are 6 sites declared World Heritage by Unesco, according to the provisions of the Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage of 1972, ratified by Chile in 1980.
These sites of cultural interest are the Rapa Nui National Park (1995), the churches of Chiloé (2000), the historic quarter of the port city of Valparaíso (2003), the saltpeter offices of Humberstone and Santa Laura (2005) and the city Minera de Sewell (2006).
We invite you to know these incredible places and connect with the history and cultural identity of Chile:
Rapa Nui National Park
This place the testimony of a unique cultural phenomenon in the world. Established on this island around 300 AD, a society of Polynesian origin created, outside all external influence, great architectural and sculptural forms endowed with great strength, imagination and originality. From the 10th to the 16th century, it built sanctuaries and carved numerous «moai», gigantic stone characters that form an incomparable cultural landscape and fascinate the whole world today.
Churches of Chiloé
In the magical island there are a series of churches that possess elements and particular characteristics that have earned them worldwide appreciation. These were built with an exquisite architectural technique unique in America, based on assemblies, joints and wooden joints, which were reinforced with plugs and clavicotes. Knowing the patrimonial churches is an excellent starting point to enter into the discovery of the most authentic Chiloe culture.
Historic Sea Port of Valparaíso
It is a remarkable example of the urban and architectural development of Latin America at the end of the 19th century. The city has preserved interesting structures from the beginning of the industrial era, for example, the multiple funiculars that run along the steep slopes of the hills. Valparaíso witnessed the early globalization and intercultural encounter during the nineteenth century, and today flourishes as one of the cities with more stories, magic and life of the whole country. Come and discover it!
Humberstone and Santa Laura
Today these towns / museums are a must see destination for those who visit the north of Chile. It is currently the main reflection of the period of splendor and contrasts that the Tarapacá region experienced at the end of the 19th century. Inside there are iconic places that you can not miss, such as the grocery store, the theater or the church, areas that impress with their strong heritage from the past. The contribution and cultural value that they give to our history is very important because, in their time, they influenced tremendously in the economic development of Chile, when the Germans demanded the nitrate to make their explosives, and other countries used it as fertilizer.
This legendary mining camp is located in the middle of the Andes mountain range and has more than 100 years of history. located just 150 km from Santiago, it served as a room for the miners of the El Teniente Mine. The only way to visit this unique place is through private tours.