Long and slender, Chile stretches more than half the continent - from the driest desert to the highest volcanoes, to beaches, rainforests and massive glaciers.

Stretched out along the Pacific coast, Chile is packed with phenomenal and diverse vistas. Geological idiosyncrasies – the highest volcano and the driest desert in the world, rainforests and hanging glaciers – have created striking landscapes, each inspiring unforgettable adventures. Four-wheel drive over the lunar landscape and glistening salt flats, dotted with flamingo-filled lakes, in the Atacama Desert; trek through vast ice fields, tropical forests and watch the Andes disappear into the Patagonian Sea; spend days battling white water rapids or gently floating on quiet lagoons, scaling icy blue glaciers or soaking in hot springs amidst ancient volcanoes; trot on horseback over rolling green hills in the Central Valley, the heart of Chile’s wine country.

Chile’s natural gifts are spectacular but urban culture vultures also have plenty to sink their teeth into. Santiago, the country’s cosmopolitan capital, has both the energy of a thriving metropolis and the quaint nostalgia of a colonial town and a thriving scene of art galleries, boutiques and restaurants make this exuberant city the perfect base from which to explore.

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Why we like it

  • The dramatic Atacama Desert
  • Remote & impressive Easter Island
  • Torres del Paine trekking
  • Chilean wine and the good life among the vines
  • Hiking, kayaking, climbing & more
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