Chile is twenty-four times longer than it is wide; therefore the coastline of the country is extensive. With deserts to the north and forests to the south, you will experience a land of extreme contrasts and overwhelming beauty while traveling in Chile.
Most of the population is concentrated in the middle of the country in the cities. The extreme northern and southern ends of the country are very sparsely populated. The gateway and capital of Chile is Santiago, a very elegant and vibrant, modern city. The backdrop of the majestic Andean mountains is always a presence from the city's cobblestone plazas and colonial streets. Coastal cities such as Vina del Mar, Valparaiso, and San Antonio offer sandy white beaches and thermal hot springs; numerous vineyards surround the capital and there are seventeenth-century colonial haciendas, national parks and world class ski slopes within easy access for those endless opportunities for relaxing, sunbathing, skiing, hiking, mountain-climbing, horseback riding and rafting during your vacation to Chile.
Two of the most fantastic areas to travel to are the Atacama Desert (one of the most arid deserts in the world with an "otherworld" landscape and mysterious geoglyph designs), and the Lake District, famous for its spectacular scenery of deep blue mountain lakes, snow-capped volcanoes, and the pristine beauty of its forests. A trek for the more adventuresome will include a visit to Patagonia, the southern-most region of South America with its rugged scenery and wildlife. The city of Puntas Arenas is considered the gateway to Antarctica. Easter Island, despite the fact that it is over 2,000 miles away, is a possession of Chile having been annexed in 1888. A highlight of any tour to Easter Island will be seeing the huge images carved from volcanic stone that are positioned along the island.
Most visited cities: Santiago, Valparaiso, Punta Arenas, Atacama, Puerto Montt