Chile

Along the western flank of the Andes, you will find Chile. The country’s narrow (only 150km wide on average) and very long (over 6,000km of Pacific Ocean coastline!) geography is full of surprises. It is also home to Five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Transportation is easy, and if planned properly you can pack a lot of experiences in a relatively short stay. One of Chile’s most poular attractions is the Easter Island; the planet’s most isolated island, is located 2,300 miles (3700 km) off shore. There, you will witness the renowned 887 ‘moai’, these enigmatic giant figures carved in volcanic stone. Some of Chile’s other highlights include touring world-class wineries; touring the Atacama Desert, at 2200 meters (7,500ft) above sea level, it is also the driest place on earth; hiking on snow-capped active volcanoes in the Andes, strolling through the old town of Valparaiso (UNESCO World Heritage site), Chile is also a dream destination for those who love nature and the outdoors. You can enjoy anything from seeing penguins on the island of Punta Arenas or buying a lift pass to catch some powder in one of the country’s many Ski resorts. In Chile there is no shortage of great cultural experiences packed with adventure. It is a must-visit on your travels to South America.