Chile is one of South America's most prosperous nations. A thin ribbon of land several thousands of miles long, the Pacific coast on the west quickly rises to become gigantic Andean summits in the east on the border with Argentina. The Atacama desert in the north is the world's driest desert.

Santiago has a beautiful location at the foot of the Andes. Cross into Chile on the road from Mendoza, Argentina, over a high mountain pass and down the 17 switchbacks of Los Caracoles. Easter Island is easily reached on flights from Santiago. Far to the south, near the Chilean Fjords lies the hiking and climbing paradise of Torres del Paine National Park.


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Why you should go:

There is nowhere else quite like it on earth.

Why you shouldn't:

You are looking for a resort holiday. Chile is just too interesting to stay in one place.

Map of Chile