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- Posted:Monday, March 8, 2010
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Following the recent horrific earthquake that hit Chile it is understandable that people can be reluctant to travel to the area. Many travellers tend to avoid places like Chile after a natural disaster like an earthquake as they have an image of the whole country being hit and in turmoil over it. However, more often than not, this is far from the truth, especially in Chile at present.
On February 27th the earthquake that hit was centred close to the city of Concepción, about 350 miles south of Santiago. The rest of the country was largely unaffected; however the countries tourism agencies and businesses are of course starting to worry as they are forecasting a significant drop in Chile's tourists this year. Tourism is a big source of income for the country and Chile is anxious to spread the word that they are 'open for business' and welcoming tourists to unaffected areas. In fact, many are encouraging tourism to the country as it will bring in some much needed revenue to help the country back on its feet. Some of Chile's top tourist destinations, from Patagonia in the south to the Atacama Desert in the far north are hundreds of miles from where the quake struck. Many of Chile's tourism officials are saying that while the situation in and around Concepción is tragic, the rest of Chile should not be avoided in 2010 as it still has so much to offer all kinds of travellers.
So if you are looking to visit somewhere beautiful and exciting, and know that the money you spend there is helping to rebuild a nation, then include Chile in your travel plans for 2010.You can take a look at some of the great hostels we have listed for Chile here