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Smart Cities: Santiago, Chile

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National Geographic TravellerChile’s capital city is rising to its dramatic setting next to the Andes. And beneath these majestic mountains, Santiago’s rincones (nooks) now delight locals and visitors alike.
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Chile's pristine skies are key to astronomy's next generation of telescopes

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Exoplanet hunters at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile. Credit: ESOExoplanet hunters at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile. Credit: ESO
 
Forbes.com - Long known for its copper, sea bass and merlot wine, Chile’s most profound export may be data that its astronomical observatories mine nightly from its pristine skies.
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Lonely Planet names Chile the world's top travel destination for 2018

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LA Times - Lonely Planet selected Chile as the top world destination you should visit next year. The travel guide company also named Detroit as the second must-see city in the world after Seville, Spain.
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First Venice and Barcelona: now anti-tourism marches spread across Europe

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Guardian - With the continent sweltering under a heatwave nicknamed Lucifer, tempers have been boiling over, too, as a wave of anti-tourism protests take place in some of Europe’s most popular destinations. Yet, as “tourism-phobia” becomes a feature of the summer, the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has defended the sector, calling on local authorities to do more to manage growth in a sustainable manner. 
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Museum dedicated to Vanderbilt archaeologist’s work to be built in Chile

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Architect’s rendering of the Museo Monte Verde, to be built in Puerto Montt, Chile.Architect’s rendering of the Museo Monte Verde, to be built in Puerto Montt, Chile.
 
Vanderbilt University - The government of Chile, in conjunction with UNESCO, has announced plans to build a museum in the southern tourist city of Puerto Montt featuring the discoveries of Vanderbilt archaeologist Tom Dillehay. Dillehay’s excavations of a nearby site called Monte Verde revolutionized understanding of how and when the Americas were first peopled. Puerto Montt is a tourist hub for cruise ships that draws around 800,000 visitors from around the world every year. The museum is scheduled to open sometime in 2018.
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Norway wants tourists to slow down and travel more sustainably

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TreehuggerCruise ships and Disney's 'Frozen' have led to crowds of unprecedented size, about which Norwegians are not entirely happy.
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Magallanes, Chile’s ideal region for development of non-factory industry

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Latin American Herald Tribune - Chile’s far southern Magallanes region is the ideal spot for the development of “industry without smokestacks” because of its experience with Antarctic nature and adventure expeditions and so-called special interest tourism.
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An iceberg flipped over, and its underside is breathtaking

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Smithsonian MagazineSnow-covered icebergs dominate the scene near the shore of the Antarctic Peninsula, the northernmost part of the icy south polar region. Between the sun, the water and icy peaks, the beauty can be quite literally blinding.
 
“Everything is reflective and everything’s white,” recalls filmmaker Alex Cornell, who vacationed there last month with his family. “People had said that the first time you go, you’re kind of so overwhelmed that you take a lot of pictures of your feet and you don’t really know what’s going on … I definitely felt that,” he says with a laugh.
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