Stretching from the barren deserts of the Atacama in the north to the lakes and mountains of Patagonia in the south, Chile offers a destination of untouched nature and is one possibly South America’s most European influenced countries, with a history of settlement and trade.
Chile Holiday Highlights
• See the buzzing city of Santiago, the port of Valparaiso and visit one of Chile’s vineyards
• Experience the driest desert in the world, see salt lake teeming with flamingos and witness the amazingly clear night skies.
• Stay in the oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama and stay in the heart of the Torres Del Paine National Park
• Explore Patagonia in the far south and the unforgettable natural scenery of Torres del Paine
• Visit Chile’s lake district, where small Alpine towns with European influences sit on shimmering lakes amid volcanoes and untouched forests
Chose an optional extension to mysterious Easter Island
Where is Chile?
This long thin country has one of the world’s longest coastlines, and is flanked by the Pacific Ocean on the west coast and the Andes chain on the east of the country. To the north Chile shares a border with Peru and Bolivia and one of the world’s longest borders with Argentina to the east.
Due to its proximity to the ocean, Chile is notable for its excellent fish and seafood dishes. The lakes and rivers of the south also provide excellent freshwater fish such as trout. Food influences are very European, with meat dishes and pasta, regularly enjoyed with excellent Chilean wine of course. A popular snack is the empanada, a bit like a Cornish pasty, which is handy to eat when on the go!