The North has the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth, scattered with a lunar like landscapes and home to the ancestral indigenous Inca and pre-Inca civilisations. Central Chile is similar to the Mediterranean, containing the nation’s capital Santiago, a city surrounded by fertile wine producing valleys and world-class ski resorts.
Continuing south takes you through Chile’s Lake District, 12 beautiful lakes create a line running north to south surrounded by lush green forests, rapids, waterfalls and active snow capped volcanoes that dominate the landscape.From Puerto Montt Chile’s land has been broken up into a land of glaciers and fjords, with access to the south being solely by boat or plane.
Chilean Patagonia is almost a separate country, and at one time even had its own government. Offering unrivalled views, untouched wide-open spaces, and the spectacular Parc Nacional Torres del Paine, it is one of the world’s last true wilderness retreats.
Deep into the Pacific Ocean lies Easter Island, the worlds largest ‘open air’ museum, and home to over 600 Moai – giant stone statues thought to be over 800 years old. It is one of those places that stir the imagination.
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