The dramatic Chilean landscape is literally alive. Geysers burst from the earth in the north, 50 of the country’s 2000 volcanoes are still erupting, and as the sun goes down over the Salt Mountain range, you can hear the white-crusted rock formations cracking as they contract. This is a wild country of never-ending horizons, the world’s driest desert, snow-capped mountains, and folk tradition.

Despite dark periods of military dictatorship under Pinochet, Chileans are warm, friendly, and open to visitors; descended from the Spanish, they are also known for their looks. Traditions include playing panpipes and bamboo flutes known as quenas, and, aside from football, the national sport is the controversial Chilean Rodeo.

Being the longest country in the world vertically, Chile varies hugely in landscape and culture along its 2700 miles, making it a vastly diverse and fascinating destination. The mighty snow-capped Andes run like a spine down the length of the country, passing alongside the world’s driest desert, the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park and humid monkey puzzle rainforest, all the way to the southernmost point of civilization, Tierra Del Fuego.

The scorched Atacama is filled with surprising rock formations, and if you look a little closer you may find faces carved into Incan forts and flamingos gathered around its bordering oases. Walking, riding, and 4x4 tours are the best way to see these up close, after which, a spot of Class III white water rafting will be the refreshing antidote you need.

Whether you’re looking for a photographer’s dream trip, a wild desert adventure, complete escapism, or an unusual cultural experience, Chile has it all.


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The Patagonia Explorer

Duration: 16 days, 15 nights
From: $8,860.00
Beginning in Buenos Aires, travel south to El Calafate and Ushuaia before cruising to fjords to Punta Arenas and Torres del Paine National Park.

Lakes Crossing - Argentina to Chile

Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
From: $1,968.00
Combine Argentina and Chile with the Lakes Crossing from Bariloche to Puerto Varas.

Across the Altiplano To The Atacama

Duration: 15 days, 14 nights
From: $5,798.00
Starting in beautiful La Paz, this trip takes you through the city and country scapes of Bolivia, including Sucre and Salar de Uyuni, before crossing over into Chile.

Our Favorite Hotels in Chile (See more)

Explora Patagonia

Explora Patagonia

Explora Patagonia is the only luxury hotel located within the Torres del Paine National Park, anchored like a white ship on the shores of turquoise Lake Pehoé.
The Singular Santiago

The Singular Santiago

The Singular Santiago combines the style of early 20th-century buildings with neoclassical French architectural influences. The result is a striking new addition to the Santiago cityscape.
Awasi Atacama

Awasi Atacama

Located in the town of San Pedro de Atacama, Awasi Atacama has just 10 rooms. Each guest is assigned a private guide and 4WD so you can explore at your own pace, go where you want, when you want.

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