The narrow country of Chile stretches along the Pacific coast of most of the South American continent. Not surprisingly, Chile is an incredibly diverse country as it encompasses the lunar landscapes of the north, right down to the glacial fjords of the southernmost parts of Patagonia, some 2700 miles south. The central region is home to the capital city of Santiago and fertile valleys famous for their wine production.
San Pedro de Atacama
This little town in the middle of the driest desert in the world serves as a comfortable base to explore the area. It retains its charm as all buildings are constructed in the traditional one-story, mud brick style. The Licancabur volcano stands tall just outside the town.
The capital city of Santiago lies in a privileged location between the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, and the fishing towns and sandy beaches of the Pacific coast. The centre is filled with grand colonial architecture, tree-lined avenues and busy commercial streets.