At a glance
- The world’s longest country offers everything from deserts to glaciers
- Chilean hospitality is a delight – get to know the locals over mate (tea)
- Spot the penguins and rare birds that call the Patagonian steppe home
Why we love Chile
- Torres del Paine has got to be one of the most beautiful national parks in all of South America. We’ve taken plenty of hiking holidays here.
- There’s nothing like stargazing at night in the San Pedro de Atacama desert – it’s otherworldly and invigorating
- We go a little crazy for the seafood of Barrio Lastarria in Santiago – particularly delicious when enjoyed with a glass of Chilean wine!
Long, skinny Chile stretches from the very heart of South America nearly to Antarctica. It’s a land of contrasts, from the world’s driest desert in the north to vast glacial fields in the south. In between you’ll find huge sand dunes, valleys of vineyards, volcanoes and plenty of Buena Onda – good vibes. Chileans have got to be some of the warmest people on the planet; there’s nothing better than getting to know the locals over a round (or three) of mate – tea .
Allow plenty of time to explore Chilean Patagonia in the south of the country. The locals here never rush; it’s just not part of the culture. Breathe in the crisp glacial air of Cape Horn and Puerto Natales, and marvel at Mother Nature on a truly grand scale in Torres del Paine national park. Make time for charming El Calafate – gateway to the national park. There’s wildlife galore; look out for the rare birds and penguins that make their home on the Patagonian Steppe.
For those that love to discover where the world’s best wines are made, Chile is a delight. Wine has been ingrained in Chilean culture for hundreds of years – humble casks were placed on every table at dinner time; and the clink of two glasses often led to long, languid conversations by firelight. And it’s the essence of this wine culture that makes the reds taste so rich and the whites taste so crisp. An afternoon of wine tasting in the Casablanca Valley, near Santiago, leaves a warm glow.
While Chile is the world’s longest country, its list of incredible places to see and things to do is even longer. Let one of our travel designers help you enjoy the very best of Chile when you visit South America.