Along the Pacific Ocean, long and thin Chile stretches 4300km, from the driest desert in the world to the massive glacial fields at the southern tip of South America.
In between, the varied landscape of this super-skinny country ranges from the sands of the Atacama Desert in the north, down through the lush valleys and vineyards of the Central Heartland and ancient forests of the Lake District, to Patagonia’s spectacular mountains, islands and dramatic landscape of icebergs, glaciers and fjords.
Chile has a long viticulture history dating to the 16th century. For wine lovers, the Casablanca Valley is where Chile’s best Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot grapes are produced.
Beyond all this in the Pacific Ocean lay Raya Nui (Easter Island), a UNESCO World heritage site and the Juan Fernández archipelago, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve mainly for its singular flora.