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This extraordinarily long and thin country offers a fascinating chance to explore vastly different landscapes and terrains. Stretching across over 2,500 miles of scorched dunes, lush valleys, volcanoes, ancient forests, epic glaciers and fjords, yet averaging a width of just over 100 miles. And with this ribbon of a country nestling between the might of the Pacific Ocean and the majestic scale of the Andes, you’ll discover dramatic natural wonder at every turn. With a hotel in Chile you can live an adventurer’s delight.
Northern Chile — This area of Andean highlands is home to both the world’s most arid desert, and some spectacular ancient ruins. It’s also blessed with spectacular beaches, seaside hotels and startlingly consistent year-round sunny weather. Lauca National Park is also in this region, and home to the renowned and beautiful Lake Chungara.
Central Chile — The main political and cultural hub of Chile, the central region is where you’ll find the country’s capital Santiago. More than just a perfectly situated base to explore further, Santiago also boasts a rich selection of museums, events, theatres, restaurants, bars and top hotels. If city life is not what you’re after though, be sure to check out Vina del Mar, home to the country’s most renowned and spectacular beachfront.
Southern Chile and the Extreme South — As you start heading south you’re really setting out on a spectacular journey of contrasts. From the scenic Mapuches, lakes, rivers and volcanoes further north, to the fjords, ice caps, lakes and forests of western Patagonia further south, a road trip covering this stretch of the country is a journey of endless wonder.
Easter Island — This distant and isolated island packs more mystery and magnetism into its tiny area than pretty much any other place on earth. Home to the enigmatic giant stone statues that make its name, the island is some 2,300 miles adrift in the ocean from the Chilean mainland, bestowing it with an unrivalled sense of breathtaking isolation.
Chile is a unique land that boasts pretty much every type of natural wonder you could hope to discover. So the best way to see it is to take your time and prepare to be astounded. Weave through deserts and forests en route from the world’s driest desert in the north to the endless glacier fields of the far south.
Perhaps unsurprisingly for a country of such dramatically shifting landscapes, those looking for adventure won’t be disappointed by Chile. Mount Osorno alone for example offers skiing in the winter and wonderful sightseeing the rest of the year. And with trekking, fly-fishing, rafting and kayaking nearby too, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Don’t forget as well though that Chile is also home to one of the world’s proudest and finest wine cultures. Not just one of the finest wine producers in the world, Chileans also know how best to enjoy it - with good company and leisurely conversation. Which perhaps sums this delightful country up better than anything else.