Chile is not among the most sought after destinations by the Spanish, but the truth is that this South American country has a lot to offer the traveler: space observation in the driest desert in the world, forests and lakes located at the foot of impressive volcanoes, ancient glaciers located in the southernmost areas of the planet, islands full of legend, wine tradition, an interesting culture and very friendly people and hospitable.
Today we move to this country located in the extreme southwest of South America to discover some of its most important cities. To be more specific, we are going to talk about the eight largest urban agglomerations with more than 50,000 inhabitants. These are large urban conglomerates made up of different communes. Would you like to discover them? Well you know what you have to do! Be very attentive to what we tell you next!
First of all, we want to talk about Greater Santiago, a metropolitan area that includes 37 communes, including Santiago, the capital of Chile. In fact, it houses the main organisms administrative, cultural, financial, commercial and governmental of the country. From the capital we must highlight its parks, its sports and cultural activities, its first-class gastronomic offer and its lively nightlife.
The second most populated metropolitan area in Chile is Gran Concepción, made up of 10 communes, including Concepción, capital provincial and headquarters of the Regional Government of Biobío. Here you will find numerous bridges, parks, lagoons and murals. In addition, it houses numerous colleges and universities, and 24 national monuments.
Gran Valparaíso is the third urban conurbation in the country in terms of population. Formed by Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, Quilpué, Villa Alemana and Concón, this metropolitan area is a considerable pole of industries and services, a great university center and, most importantly, one of the most touristic places in the country.
Great La Serena
In fourth place we find Gran La Serena, which includes the communes of La Serena and Coquimbo. Both places are among the most tourist of the country thanks to its beaches, its architecture, its green areas and its gastronomy. Also, it is important to note that this is a place of university studies.
We should also talk about Gran Temuco, an urban conglomerate formed by the communities of Temuco and Padre Las Casas, in addition to the towns of Cajón and Labranza. The main activity of this place is the Commerce. It is important to note that during the winter months the conurbation has a serious contamination problem.
In sixth place on the list we find Antofagasta, a commune, city and port in northern Chile, which is considered the area mining par excellence of the country, although in recent years it has stood out for its sustained growth in the areas of construction, commerce and hospitality.
Another of the most populated conurbations in the country is Gran Iquique, made up of Iquique and Alto Hospicio. In recent years, tourism activity has expanded in this place and, in fact, Iquique is one of the most important destinations in the country, among other things thanks to the value patrimonial from the central streets, from the nitrate offices of the pampa and, of course, from the coast.
Finally, we want to talk about Gran Rancagua, a conurbation made up of the Rancagua and Machalí communes, as well as the town of Gultro. It is important to note that in recent years Machalí has suffered a great increase. In fact, it has gone from being a rural commune to a city that has increased its population and its added value.
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