Bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes Mountains to the East, Chile is one of the longest countries in the world, but also one of the narrowest. From the lunar landscapes of the Atacama Desert in the far north to the dramatic, windswept scenery of Southern Patagonia, Chile is astoundingly diverse and with excellent domestic flights, it is easy to explore much of what this wonderful country has to see in just ten days.
Santiago, the capital, is more of less right in the center of the country and acts as a springboard for exploring all there is to do and see. The city itself is one of the most cosmopolitan in Latin America, home to excellent hotels and restaurants, but head out into the surrounding countryside and you will find yourself in the heart of Chile's winelands. This beautiful region, not far from the city, is a must for those seeking a little relaxation before, during or after their trip.
Up in the north, the Atacama Desert receives virtually no rainfall throughout the year (which might come as a welcome break from those Monsoon rains) and there is certainly no shortage of things to keep you occupied. Salts flats, geysers, sand dunes, lagoons and snowcapped mountains are just some of the spectacular sites you can visit, either on horseback, by bike or on foot. The area is also rich in culture with some fascinating archeological sites and museums nearby.
To the south, Patagonia is split into the northern Lake District, an adventurer’s paradise filled with stunning lakes, forests and volcanoes, and Southern Patagonia, home to fjords, rivers, lakes and glaciers and the magnificent Torres del Paine National Park. As well as the spectacular scenery all around, the wildlife in the region is also excellent (puma, guanacos and condors are just some species you might see) and despite being such a remote region, the accommodation here is some of the finest in the country.
Last but not least, lying thousands of miles to the west of mainland Chile, is Easter Island. Learn about the ancient Rapa Nui culture as you explore the most remote inhabited island on earth.
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