Discover the best spots to visit during your time in Chile...
An epic string bean of a country hemmed into its position on the western flank of South America by the colossal line of the Andes, Chile is so lengthy that it offers an exceptional variety of landscapes within its 2,670-mile-long mainland. Broadly speaking, this expanse is roughly divided into two zones: a high-and-dry northern half dominated by the Atacama Desert, which pitches steeply down to a smattering of coastal cities; and a cooler, greener southern half covered by pastures, pocked with lakes and volcanoes and indented with a labyrinth of glacier-excavated fjords as convoluted as a cortex.
But that’s not all. In splendid South Pacific isolation some 2,300 miles west of the Chilean mainland is Easter Island – its monumental statues ever on the lookout. Despite its unique qualities, Easter Island does have one thing in common with many of Chile’s other main attractions – utter remoteness.
Thankfully, though, the country’s transport system is among the most comfortable in South America, so covering the distances is simple enough.