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Chile

Transposed to Western Europe, Chile would stretch from Norway to Tunisia, some 4,300km. A skinny coastal strip backed by the Andes mountain range, it has a variety of climate and landscape to match its changing latitudes. The country is proud of its arts and culture, producing world-famous poets and authors.

But it’s the awe-inspiring scenery that provides the greatest appeal: wildlife-filled countryside, from scorched volcano-dotted desert through fertile lake-land to a Patagonian wilderness strafed by enormous glaciers. This is a country of the great outdoors, and there is a range of activities on offer to match. The icing on the cake is fascinating Easter Island, a remote Chilean territory with a Polynesian culture two time zones away in the Pacific Ocean.

Following a history of upheavals, Chile is a peaceful and welcoming place with a good infrastructure and, in spite of the distances it is easy to get around, with excellent hotels, abundant fresh seafood and cheap, delicious wines.

Our insider tips for Chile

David

The first sight of the towering granite massif of Torres del Paine, it’s heaven-seeking spires and turquoise glaciers, in one of the most photogenic national parks in the world.

Sarah Beard

Exploring the back-roads of the deeply traditional island of Chiloe in the lake district, the tiny fishing villages with their wood-shingled churches and homes supported by stilts in misty bays and narrow creeks.

Jack

Discovering the Carretera Austral (Austral Road) in the most remote, fractured part of Patagonia, negotiating its lakes, hanging glaciers and forested fjords.

Alex Walker

The moment when, at dawn, the Tatio geysers in the Atacama Desert hiss, bubble and spit into life – worth the early start!

Jim

Sitting back at one of Chile’s world-famous vineyards, shafts of afternoon sunlight shining down, a glass of the best Cabernet Sauvignon on your hand.

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Client Comments

  • Breathtaking!

    "We have travelled a lot in our lifetime but nothing prepares you for the breadth of landscapes that you will encounter in Chile. We had three weeks there and felt we only scratched the surface."

    CM, Trowbridge | June 2013
  • Amazing!

    “Chile was AMAZING!!! We loved the country, the scenery and all the people we met. Glad we had warm clothes for the trip or we would have come unstuck in Atacama, especially when going to the geysers as it was minus ten degrees. As we approached the cruise time we wondered if we'd cope with the Zodiacs, but everyone was so helpful and safety conscious. The all-time highlight of so many on our holiday was, standing in silence at the Pia Glacier."

    RW, Cyprus | June 2013
  • Wonderful

    "We have had two of the most memorable weeks in one of the world’s most varied geographical environments and the friendly Chilean people. Thank you JLA.”

    | June 2013
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