Chile stretches over half the length of South America, its deserts, fjords and volcanoes offering amazing holidays and tours.
Chile is also home to vineyards, towering glaciated volcanoes and some of the most best trekking on the continent.
The country is almost 4,400km long yet only 160km at its widest.
Chile’s unusual geography and sophisticated cities ensures it offers a lot to the adventure traveller and the luxury holiday seeker alike.
There are lots of internal flights linking this long country together, along with some fantastic cruises and bus journeys connecting attractions.
In the south is Patagonia trekking heaven. Paine National Park, with its famous W or circuit trek, or perhaps a remote hike in northern Patagonian regions.
Above this region lies the Lake District and its snow-capped volcanoes to walk, bike, raft, cruise and drive your way around, relaxing next to stunning glacial lakes by evening.
Central Chile includes the capital Santiago, an area replete with vineyards and enormous peaks and a key transport hub. From here, you can fly to Easter Island.
Northern Chile features the Atacama, the driest desert with the clearest skies in the world. The area is alive with active volcanoes and spitting geysers and boasting archaeological wonders and fantastic rock formations.
Don’t forget to read our Chile Travel Highlights Guide.
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Below you will find a few of the many attractions Chile has to offer for your holiday.
The Aysen region is one of the great undiscovered destinations of Chilean Patagonia.
Here you will find the world renowned white-water of the Futaleufu river, the marble caves on Lake General Carrera, the San Rafael Glacier, the Quelat Hanging Glacier and stunning scenery.
This part of the country is the least densely populated, so if you want to get away from the crowds this is the place to come.
Access has always been difficult to the region – the principal airport Balmaceda and it was only opened up less than 30 years ago, with the construction of the Austral Road from north to south.
The central coast is a rugged coastline very reminiscent of California – here you will find a string of small fishing coves, holiday towns and cities.
The ramshackle city of Valparaiso, with its colourful houses perched on the hills overlooking the bay, is a cultural icon, with its Museum home of Pablo Neruda, the Chilean Nobel prize-winning poet.
The coastal town of Zapallar is a great place to get away from it all and recharge the batteries.
The Humboldt current means cold water temperatures and currents that are not conducive to sea swimming, but does provide some of the best seafood in the world.
There are plenty of seabirds, including pelicans, and seals as well as sea lions.
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A. McArthur, UK, 2011
» Tailor Made Chile
The Atacama stars were all I was hoping for. Some excellent shooting starts and clear nights. Good tours of flamingos, geysers and ancient forts there too.
G. Austin, UK, 2010
» Alto Atacama Hotel, San Pedro Desert Tours
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Larry and Gillian are coming to the end of their month of travelling with Andean Trails in Patagonia. We put together a tour designed to take them off-the-beaten-track – read the first instalment in their blog – covering Santiago and Aysen and remote border crossings. Once in Argentina, Gillian and Larry trekked to the base of Fitzroy and Cerro Torre, and took a day tour to Perito Moreno. They then set off for Torres del Paine on a self-guided trek. Their tour has ended with a few days in Ushuaia and a flight out from Buenos Aires. Check their progress below …
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