A land of extremes waiting to be discovered, Chile is a traveller’s nirvana.
In the far north of Chile the driest desert in the world, the Atacama, is a mix of lunar-like valleys and dazzling sunsets. This huge expanse of sand sweeps down the coast before giving way to the fertile valleys that delight wine connoisseurs worldwide.
The capital, Santiago, sits snug between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountain range. This vibrant city is a wealth of museums, street art and fine dining, delicately surrounded by some of the best vineyards South America has to offer. Day trips out to these wineries are a must for visitors to this part of the world.
Travel south down Chile’s extensive coastline and you will find the enchanting forests that line the Carretera Austral – widely known as one of the best road trips on the planet. Hummingbirds flit between the lush vegetation, and fishermen anchor their colourful wooden boats along the shores of the silent fjords.
Whales, dolphins and otters can be spotted around the mysterious Isla de Chiloe, a coastline thick with maritime history and mythological folklore. This exciting and prehistoric setting takes the intrepid explorer down towards the jewel of Chile – Patagonia.
In Torres del Paine National Park dramatic granite peaks topped with snow, multi-coloured flowers and impossibly turquoise lakes make it easy to see why this area was recently voted the ‘8th Wonder of the World’.