Chile South America is a place of contrasts and spectacular beauty.
Stretching from southern Peru south along the coast of the Pacific
Ocean to the tip of Patagonia, Chile contains an array of diverse landscapes from the Atacama Desert
in the north, the driest desert in the world, through the rich fertile
soil of Chile’s wine growing regions in the centre, to the ice caps of
Torres del Paine in the south.

Of all the South American countries, Chile can
be proud of having a prosperous economy, good infrastructure and
excellent outdoor activities. This serves to consistently swell Chile
tourism numbers year round. Most sporting activities and local
festivities can be found most of the year. A predominantly Catholic
country, religious celebrations like the Fiesta del Carmen in Los Loros
attracts visitors from around the world. For summer activities like
exploring the wine regions and crystal clear lakes of the mountains,
tourists should visit between November-April. Also famed for great
skiing, if you want to catch the ski slopes and blanket snow cover,
June-October proves the best time to travel Chile.

The northern most region of Chile sits atop an altiplano,
some 7,500 feet above sea level and stretches into Bolivia
and Peru. You can enter
neighboring Bolivia via this region by traveling across
the vast salt plains of Salar de Uyuni, the world’s
largest salt flat, full of sparkling salt crystals and
mirror image lakes. This remote northern region of Chile
contains a landscape not dissimilar to what you might
find on the moon. As such, NASA uses this vast expanse
to test their moon exploration vehicles. The diverse geography
is brought into focus as large volcanic geysers and the
arid dry Atacama Desert nestle alongside lagoons, springs
and farmland with grazing llamas and alpaca’s. The
region is set amongst a rich cultural heritage where ancient
relics of indigenous human habitation are reflected by
human and animal figures that have been carved out on
barren hillsides. The gateway to exploring this fascinating
geographic region is through San Pedro de Atacama and
ecotourism friendly Lauca National Park. This part of
Chile also contains the world’s largest open copper
mine at Chuquicamata. At the Tres Cruces National Park
located in the Chilean Andes, there are vast opportunities
for mountain trekking and climbing. Exploration of the
colorful vegetation will often end in an unexpected confrontation
with pink flamingos.

The bustling capital of Santiago
and surrounding wine producing valleys contain the country’s oldest and
largest vineyard of Concha y Toro. This fertile region produces world
famous wine is often one of the top tourist attractions in Chile. The
region extends into the alpine lakes and volcanoes of what’s generally
referred to as the Chilean Lake District. This middle region of Chile
is dotted with Colonial townships and the popular national parks of
Conguillio and Huerquehue.

Off the Pacific coastline of Chile, is the isolated yet intriguing spot of Easter Island,
where you can visit ancient sculptures called Moai. Images of these
mysterious images were carved out of stone and can be found dotted
around the island. The enormous sculptures were made from the rocks of
a now extinct volcano and are believed to honor the inhabitant’s
ancestors. Those that make the long trip to the island rate these
iconic scul