Shop­ping Des­ti­na­tion in South Amer­ica

FOR AR­GEN­TINEANS, URUGUAYANS, PARAGUAYAN­S, AND OTHER CI­TI­ZENS IN THE RE­GION, THIS COUN­TRY HAS BE­COME THE BENCH­MARK FOR THIS KIND OF TOURISM AS ITS PRICE AND PROD­UCT OF­FERS ARE VERY AT­TRAC­TIVE

Excelencias from the Caribbean & the Americas - - Tendencias / Trendsette­rs - BY ANA MARIA DOMINGUEZ CRUZ PHOTO EX­CE­LEN­CIAS AR­CHIVES

Chile is the world's long­est na­tion in the world and trea­sures awe­some places for cu­ri­ous trav­el­ers. The land of poet Pablo Neruda is world ref­er­ence, as it is the coun­try where the old­est mum­mies in history have been found. The dri­est desert on planet Earth (Ata­cama) is lo­cated there as well as the largest cop­per and gold mine ex­ca­vated on sur­face (Chuquica­mata). The na­tion with im­pres­sive gas­tron­omy records is the same na­tion with great­est bread con­sump­tion in Latin Amer­ica. The same coun­try where in 2017, the long­est foot­ball game in history was ever played.

The puz­zling Eastern Is­land's Moai stat­ues, the glam­orous cap­i­tal city, the Pa­cific Jewel Val­paraiso, Tor­res de Paine Na­tional Park, fan­tas­tic beaches…chile may well be, no doubt, one of the most at­trac­tive tourist des­ti­na­tions in South Amer­ica due to its di­verse geog­ra­phy, nat­u­ral land­scapes, and an­cient relics.

How­ever, Chile has be­come, for Ar­gen­tineans, Uruguayans, Paraguayan­s, and other South Amer­i­can ci­ti­zens the bench­mark to go shop­ping, as prices and prod­ucts of­fers are very at­trac­tive, com­pared to the rest of the coun­tries in the re­gion.

You can travel there and find ev­ery­thing you need in any of the two free trade zones or duty-free ports (Iquique and Punta Are­nas). Be­sides, you can meet all your needs in ev­ery Chilean city, which houses ma­jes­tic shop­ping cen­ters or malls, made up of shops of any kind. In trad­ing terms, Chile is heaven. Free trade agree­ments with China, Ja­pan, South Korea, and the United States are still in ef­fect. Such agree­ments al­low im­ported ar­ti­cles from those na­tions go­ing up to 70% cheaper than those we can find in Ar­gentina, for in­stance. Don't you dare to cross the moun­tain chain and take a plane just to go shop­ping on week­end? You just have to be pa­tient as cross­ing the bor­der may re­sult in a three or more hours de­lay in cer­tain days or hours.

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