Chile is famous for politics, delicious new world wines and some of the most dramatic landscapes you will encounter anywhere in the world. From the world’s driest desert in the north, The Atacama, to the dramatic granite massifs in the Torres Del Paine National Park in the south, Chile offers even the most well travelled something to wonder at. There is a myth that Chile comprises everything that God had left over.
In total contrast to the green lushness of the Andean Alps is the world renowned Atacama Desert. It is truly desolate. San Pedro de Atacama, makes a good base for excursions to the Valle de la Luna which is a bizarre desert landscape and the El Tatio geysers at over 4000 metres, the world’s highest, are also worth a visit.
For a city adventure head to Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003, this historic port is the most striking city in Chile. It is filled with delightful examples of colonial and Victorian architecture and has lots of imposing monuments and squares.
Not on the main continent but belonging to Chile is Easter Island otherwise known as Rapa Nui. Situated in the Pacific Ocean just south of the Tropic of Capricorn it is one of the most isolated places on earth. It is thought that it was originally colonised by the Polynesians. The island’s most unique features are the huge stone figures called maoi. These can stand up to 10 metres tall and rest on ceremonial altars. These are iconic images that will last a lifetime.