beyond the beaten path
Spanning over 33 degrees in latitude, it is not surprising that the longest country in the world is also the one with the greatest variety of climatic zones, ranging from tropical in the north, Mediterranean in the center, and Antarctic in the South. The surreal landscapes of the Valley of the Moon in the Atacama Desert, the driest non-polar desert in the world, are crammed full of mysteries and truly unforgettable adventures. The Altiplano region is also home to imposing volcanoes, the spectacular Taito Geysers and the hallucinatory expanses of the the Atacama Salt Flats. The beating heart of the region remains the amazing Licanantay culture with its mind-opening rituals and traditions that can transport us back to ancient times in the blink of an eye. Bathed by the lapping waters of the Chilean Pacific, the volcanic Pacific Islands are another treasure trove of natural treasures and ancient cultures shrouded in mystery: the Juan Fernandez Archipelago, with its endemic flora and fauna; Easter Island with its unique cultural development led by the Rapa Nui people; and Mocha Island, riddled with the myths and legends of the Mapuche culture, birthplace of stories such as Moby Dick. The Lakes District could keep you busy a whole lifetime with its variety of landscapes and outdoor activities: white water rafting on glacier-fed rivers, fly-fishing, hiking through ancient forests or up the side of volcanoes, rock climbing, kayaking, wildlife sightseeing, just to mention a few... And how can you travel Chile without wanting to make it all the way down to the “end of the world”, the southernmost landscapes of Patagonia? Surrounded by mountains, forests, ice fields, islands, fjords and rivers, the Patagonian wilderness is home to, without a doubt, some of the most spectacular sceneries that you will ever witness, such as Torres del Paine National Park, where you can experience an endless list of activities, including bird watching, sailing, trekking, climbing and kayaking.