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Country Introduction



Chile's scenic variety and stunning beauty rank among the finest in Latin America. Within this long, slender country alongside the Pacific can be found large parts of the mighty Andes mountain range, with volcanoes and glacier-capped peaks; the driest desert in the world; incredibly beautiful, remote fjords; wide coastal beaches; dense old-growth forests; powerful rivers and sparkling crystal-blue lakes; unique, enchanting flora and fauna; salt flats stretching to the horizon; the mystic culture of Easter Island; outstanding wines and excellent cuisine; and a thriving, cosmopolitan capital.


On your arrival in Chile, the bustling, modern city of Santiago – overflowing with museums, music, restaurants, and so many other sights and activities – provides the perfect introduction to Chilean culture. There's also plenty to do just outside the city: spend an afternoon touring famous nearby wineries, or add a few days to your local stay with a visit to the coastal towns of Valparaíso (a splendid UNESCO World Heritage site), Viña del Mar, or Isla Negra, with accommodations at local haciendas.

For some of the country's most pristine beauty, head south to the Lake District towns of Pucón and Puerto Varas and wander the magical landscape of lakes and volcanoes, or go farther still to Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia – the southern end of the world. Throughout this part of Chile, adventure travellers will discover world-class whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, mountain biking, horseback riding, trekking, and mountain climbing all within easy reach. Try an all-day hike amongst the glaciers and towering granite spires of Torres del Paine, then return to a new deluxe campsite offering large domed tents with cots, down comforters and heat, plus adjacent shower & bathroom. Truly luxury camping in this unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime setting!

Waterborne options include trips through the southern fjords to memorable San Rafael Glacier at the heart of its huge national park; scenic interior "lake crossing" programs by bus and boat; and cruises through the Straits of Magellan to Tierra del Fuego, with spectacular visions along the way of mile-long fjords, brusque cliffs, pristine forests, endless glaciers, and high, snow-covered mountain peaks – not to mention all the wildlife, on land, in the air, and in the sea!

Easter Island, far out in the Pacific, is a special treat for history and archaeology buffs – and nothing can surpass the isolated, remote feeling you'll have as you land on Rapa Nui. Traditional sightseeing, trekking and diving trips are all available.

And in Chile's far north lies the spellbinding Atacama, the driest desert on earth and home to shooting geysers, vast salt flats, exquisite landscapes, national parks, and remarkable archaeological sites.


Discover Chile, a very special travel destination – a land of contrasts, with endless scenic diversity. Discover Chile, with its delightful range of activities for everyone – lovers of nature or culture, day-hikers or trekking adventurers. Discover Chile – plan your holiday now and prepare to be inspired!

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