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Chile, the land of diverse landscapes bordered by the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, makes an exciting country to explore. The weather here is not as hot as it sounds from its name, as only the northern part is a desert area. Down below at its foot are glaciers that form in the cold climes near the Antarctic. Such surroundings make it attractive for the adventurous hikers trudging up or down the country, as well as those who want to check out the coastline in a cruise of the waterfront.

 

Those curious about Chile will find a rich history that spans across the time when colonisers divided South America between them. The division made Chile turn out the way it is today as a narrow and elongated country in the western part of the continent. One will also learn about the country's independence in 1818 and its relatively stable growth under authoritarian rule in the 19th century. It also managed to retain a prosperous condition even after the coup'd'etat in 1973, making it intriguing for various tourists to visit this area of the West. 

 

What to see & do

When visiting Chile, tourists have a variety of choices in terms of outdoor activities. One can check out Atacama, the driest desert in the world. One can trudge through the barrenness of the landscape, which is broken by the fertile Azapa Valley and the Pica Oasis. There is also the fascinating terrain of the Valle de la Luna, with its rock formations resembling the surface of the moon. One will also find here the salt flats and the impressive Tatio Geysers and hot springs such as Mamiña. Lakes and volcanoes also dot the country such as the Nevados de Chillan, a range of volcanoes in the part of Andes stretching over Chile. The Termas de Chillan Ski Centre can be found here, which is a great destination for winter. Those looking for more ski locations can set down their equipment by the Antuco Volcano in the Laguna del Laja National Park. Just nearby is Laja Falls, a place of outstanding natural beauty in the area. 

 

Those in the Patagonia can also explore the wild country. Its northern part features driving territory which allows travellers to enjoy more outdoor activities. There is the Pumalin Park, a reserve where one can visit to view the biodiverse environment. Futaleufu is also an ideal place for those who want to brave the white, stormy rapids. Kayaking and rafting are only a few of the active pursuits to experience here. Those who would like to see a hanging glacier can go further south to Queulat National Park. From here, one can go on to the Southern Patagonia where the Torres del Paine National Park can be found. Lakes, lagoons, snow caps, and a rich wildlife are the major attractions here. One will also find here the Tierra del Fuego by the Strait of Magellan. Nearby here is Porvenir, the biggest city in area in front of Punta Arenas. Travellers going further down the country, on

the other hand, will reach the Chilean Antarctic Territory which marks the end of the country's borders in the south.

 

Others looking for leisurely countryside tours can head over to the Central Valley, an idyllic spot to relax and enjoy nature. Nature reserves are wide ranging in this area from La Campana National Park in Valparaiso and other reserves in O'Higgins and Maule. Prestigious ski centres can also be found here, making it a prime destination in winter. One can also dine well here with selections of empanadas, cazeula (traditional stew), porotos granados (bean stew) and longanizas (sausages). Savouring wines from places such as Aconcagua, Casablanca, San Antonio, and many others is also recommended, as this part of the country is known for its liquor. 

 

How to get around within Chile

Travellers going around Chile will find a variety of transport options that make tours fairly comfortable. The bus and metropolitan networks run smoothly and on time with trains ready to and from some parts of the country. Boats, ferries, and domestic flights make the range of alternatives for those going on long-distance travel. Cruises are more concentrated in the south at the time of writing, however. 

 

When going to the countryside's national parks and other remote areas, travellers can hire cars for more convenience. Those staying in the cities, on the other hand, can go around via taxis.  

 

How to get there

Those going to Chile can schedule connecting flights to Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago. Airlines serving here include Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, American Airlines, Avianca, Avianca Costa Rica, Avianca Peru, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Gol Transportes Aereos, Iberia, KLM, LAN Airlines, LAN Argentina, LAN Colombia, LAN Ecuador, LAN Peru, Qantas, Sky Airline, TAM Airlines, TAM Paraguay, and United Airlines. 

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