Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population. Surely, one of the best cities to visit. Here the places you cannot afford to miss in the city.
Pichilemu, originally known as Pichilemo, is the capital of Cardenal Caro Province. This paradise for surfers will make you fall in love with the gigantic waves. Here are the top 10 places to visit within this beautiful beach resort.
Playa Punta de lobos
Punta de lobos is a very special spot belonging to the Big Wave surf tour. In winter there are huge swells and surfers from all over the world come to enjoy the cold waters and delicious seafood. Escape into the gorgeous crystal waters and have a relaxed stop at this breathtaking beach full of rock cliffs.
Las Salinas de Cáhuil
If you want to relax, enjoy some nature and have a quiet afternoon, Cáhuil is the place you’re looking for. Visit this salt harvesting region, largest in the country, and witness the harvesting process from a foot away. Apart from salt, this is the place to find a number migratory birds on their way, so don’t forget to keep your camera ready to capture some beautiful fights.
25 kilometers from Pichilemu, in the center of Chile, lies this small quiet village. Famous for the Molino de Agua (Water Mill) built in 1952 by José Elizardo Muñoz Vargas. It has become quite the tourist attraction in the recent years. Stay for a day in the village resorts or just hop skip through this beautiful tranquility.
This nice walkway above the beach provides a rather different feel from the conventional concept of a square. A perfect getaway for families especially kids. You can reach the old-fashioned playground and skater park below the main park form either the road along the beach, or a stairway from the park.
Playa la Puntilla
If you haven’t had any surfing experience before in your life, but cannot hold the overwhelming need to brush up against the waves, then you have to visit this beach. You can learn surfing in one of the surfing schools. As the beach is not too crowded and the sea level is not very high at the shore you can have the most relaxed time bathing in the sun with the occasional touch of cold water running through toes, just remember to keep the beach clean so that everyone can enjoy the same that you do.
Museo del Nino Rural
The local initiatives of the people of Ciruelos along with a professor of this rural area has created this museum. The professor urged each of his former students to cooperate one way or another, and they made this little wonder in Ciruelos. It has 4 rooms, and it’s quite interesting. They have an old cinema projector, money from old “salitreras” from the North of Chile, a giant turtle, even some animal fetus.
Marcelo Pino Sommelier
While walking down the streets of Ortuzar, if you feel like taking a break or get totally knocked off to match yourself to the unsettling waves of the water make sure you find this nice little wine shop, providing a taste of their own gourmet products, wines, and food, and get accompanied with the very nice people of Pichilemu.
Centro Cultural Agustín Ross
Formerly known as Casino Ross (Ross Casino), it is the cultural center of the city of Pichilemu. Constructed between 1906 and 1909 at the request of politician Agustín Ross Edwards this three floored structure of the cultural center is very similar to that of the Grand Trianon in Versailles, France. Though known for housing the first casino in Chile, which later came to be declared illegal and closed down, the main attraction of this place is the of underground caves. Though a myth in it’s crude form several stories and clues all over the place suggests a good spot for exploration.
Plaza Arturo Prat
Located a few meters from Costanera Avenue, between Avenida Ortuzar and Angel Gaete. It is named after the hero of the Iquique Naval Combat, Arturo Prat Chacon. Beautified and remodeled after the 2010 earthquake. It has a monument in memory of the patriotic hero who gives his name.
Beach located at the southern end of the city. Its main feature is represented by the rock formations where the waves break, constituting the attraction of the place. 500 meters south of Punta La Puntilla, there is this black sand beach and spectacular rock sturctures. It is possible to practice fishing and various water sports here.
Set yourself up for some luxurious voyages. Here are the 5 best cruises in Singapore.
1. Mariner of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
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It is the best ship to board with your family. Get lively in this highly facilitated cruise with 3 pools, 17 bars, an ice-skating rink and a rock-climbing wall. Relax at the spa or shop duty-free from the designer boutiques. The ship also has specially arranged activities for kids of every age. Cruises are available to Malaysia and Thailand, and you can choose between packages for 3, 4 or 5 nights. The Mariner never lets get you bored. If activities inside the cruise is not enough opt for island-hopping in Phuket or trekking through Langkawi rainforest.
Cruise packages start from $678 SGD per person.
2. Sapphire Princess (Princess Cruises)
This luxurious cruise has all the comforts of a four star hotel. Grab some popcorn for the outdoor movie theatre, enjoy in the plush balcony suites and or if you’re feeling lucky visit the wedding chapel. Explore Asia through the various routes available. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for the Southeast Asia package. This epic 11-day cruise drops anchor in Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.
Cruise packages start from $1,300 SGD per person.
3. Celebrity Millennium (Celebrity Cruises)
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Staterooms with spa, Broadway shows and epicurean restaurants this cruise has it all. Choose indulgences from hundreds of activities, but don’t miss the wine tasting and the ball room dancing. Celebrity offers two-week cruises through thrilling destinations like Yangon, Boracay, Ha Long Bay, and Hong Kong. Pick anyone and spend the best time of your life.
Cruise packages start from $1,600 SGD per person.
4. SuperStar Gemini (Star Cruises)
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This ship offers 2 nights or 5 nights cruises to Malaysia at very considerable prices. Keep yourself entertained in the karaoke lounge, the open deck barbecue and 24-hour casino. The ship sets sail for Penang or Malacca. If you’re a newbie to the world of cruise ships, this is the perfect way to discover what all the hype is about.
Cruise packages start from $838 SGD per room.
5. Azamara Quest (Azamara Club Cruises)
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This one of a kind ship specialises in longer cruises with a number of excursions so that you can fully let the local culture absorb yourself. Enjoy a train ride through the lush valleys of Sri Lanka or visit a spice plantation in Goa- it’s all up to you! For the full royal treatment, make sure to book Azamara’s divinely decadent Club Suite, which comes with the services of an English-trained butler.
Cruise packages start from $3,800 SGD per person.
Enjoy your stay at these wonderful cruises to experience the royal nature of life on waters.
The fascinating, assailable, hustling hillside port of Valparaíso, the ‘Jewel of the Pacific’, is known for its susceptivity to earthquakes and as being one of the homes of the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Valparaiso is recognized worldwide as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a well justified award for its architecture, design, history and cultural contributions. If you love history, street art, and bohemian life, Valparaíso is must. Here are ten original options that this lively city offers the percipient traveller.
- Street Art
Valparaiso is one of the graffiti capitals of South America, and no place represents this art better than the Museo a Cielo Abierto. Students from the Universidad Católica’s Instituto de Arte in Chile created the 20 colorful vistas between 1969 and 1973. One of the elevators, Ascensor Espíritu Santo, will take you there. But street art and graffiti covers the city, and assures to hold it’s pathways and avenues in the colourful vibrance of life. Templeman Street on Cerro Alegre is the best place to see street art.
- Caleta Portales
While visiting Chilean cities that are located on the coastline you cannot miss out on visiting the country’s very own conventional fishing caleta. Valparaíso has its own Caleta Portales, a fishing town where you can taste the delicacies prepared in the surrounding restaurants. If you are really feeling to get on the task then go and wait for the fishing boats and buy directly from them, fresh fish from sea.
- Bar Cinzano
A long-standing traditional bar near the harbor Cinzano is a place that has been receiving ‘parishioners and guests’ (as they call their visitors) for over 116 years. If you want to feel the mood with good porteñas cuecas and Latin American music with Creole food you have got to visit Cinzano located in the Plaza Anibal Pinto 1182.
- Bar La Playa
A more contemporary bar standing as an alternative to Cinzano is Bar La Playa. Good music, drinks and the irresistible beer, are just a few of the choices the bar has to provide. Bands perform tribute gigs which makes it a space to look out for different emerging bands.
- Cerro Alegre
One of the cultural quests of Valparaiso is this mythical mountain offering a deep insight to the culture, the colors of street art, bars and restaurants. Take the Peral elevator, located on one side of the Plaza Sotomayor. A multicultural place where in every other corner you’ll find foreigners and Chileans making art in various ways, juggling, and performing poetry and music.
- Paseos and Walks
Mainly, hills border Valparaiso, but the center is a strict city plan. There are many lovely walks along the city’s well fashioned paseos like Ruben Dario walk and the Carvallo walk, both which run along the city’s coastline and beaches. The best way to cross this beautiful city in the traditional and nostalgic ‘troles‘, old buses will also give you a ride through this historic land.
- La Sebastiana
An integral part of the life of Chile’s Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Pablo Neruda, was in Valparaiso. This is incorporated in his modernistic home in the city, ‘La Sebastiana’. If you wish to know part of this story, come and visit this house museum. There is also an exhibit space along with the main museum. It is a bit of a hike uphill, and entrance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore it is advised to plan your visit in advance, and to get here early. Neruda loved the crazy beauty he saw in Valparaíso, and even wrote an ode to the city.
- Cerro Concepcion
An elevator with the name of the place will take you to today’s one of the most beloved tourist attraction. Visit the well known restaurant Abtao, the Mirador (viewpoint) Atkinson, and of course the beautiful Paseo Gervasoni.
- Playa Torpederas
Situated in Playa Ancha, this beach is an optimal release point from the city and world for a while and to go to rest. You may try out fishing and just take a dive in the water to wash away the stress. It is a particularly small retreat which in recent years has included innovative activities.
- Naval and Maritime Museum
If you have reached Playa Ancha don’t forget to step into this museum on the Paseo May 21. Protected and managed by the Navy of Chile. Learn about Chile’s maritime history and the most significant names.
San Pedro de Atacama attracts tourists from all over the world for the desert tours and thrilling hikes but don’t rush your stay in this dusty little town. Here are 10 prominent places to go to within the town or within its close proximity that will help you capture the true essence of San Pedro de Atacama.