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Although just one and half times the size of France, Chile resembles a continent in its own right, with its 4,300km of Pacific coastline running along the length of South America, stretching from one of the world's most arid deserts in the far north of the country to the glacial and unforgiving waters of Antarctica to the south. No wider than 150km at any point, this narrow country ranges in altitude from sea level to 6,000m, and holds the record for the greatest altitude differential in the world, with two mountain ranges, the coastal mountains and the Andes (the latter forming the border with Argentina), and a long central plain.
From Arica, the country's northernmost town, to Punta Arenas in the far south, Chile boasts a wide variety of stunning landscapes along the length of the Austral Road, an extension of the Pan-American highway: the beaches, salt deserts and oasis of the Norte Grande; the active volcanoes, lakes and fast-flowing rivers of the Sur Chico; the mist-covered fjords and archipelagos of Patagonia; the enormous glaciers of Tierra del Fuego; as well as the vine-covered hills of the Valle Central and the clear skies of the Norte Chico, where scientists have established their observatories. This natural beauty is preserved in the country's national parks, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Mention should also be made of the rich heritage left by the Incas, Spanish and Europeans, all of whom have contributed to the country's long history. With its magnificent archaeological sites, fascinating museums and wooden churches, Chile's heritage and culture have been immortalised by the words of Chilean poets, such as Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral, both of whom were awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Chile : Must-see towns and regions

  • Santiago

    From the Cerro San Cristóbal, enjoy a view of Santiago, a city of six million inhabitants. To a backdrop of the Andes, explore the city’s bustling markets, residential districts, verdant parks, impres...

  • Situated at the mouth of the Río Biobío, Concepción marks the end of the Valle Central and the beginning of Southern Chile, and Araucania, the heartland of the Mapuche. Traditionally left-wing, it is ...

  • Iquique

    Surfing, sandboarding and paragliding are all popular activities in Iquique, the capital of the Norte Grande, and nowadays the leading coastal resort in Chile, which has developed along a stretch of g...

  • San Pedro de Atacama

    This small oasis in the desert attracts numerous tourists and comes as a well-earned reward after visiting the salar de Atacama. Admire its picturesque adobe houses, streets made from beaten earth, an...

  • Punta Arenas

    It’s hard to believe that the Magellanes, made up of myriad islands battered by the wind, and only accessible by boat or plane, have a capital, the hugely hospitable city of Punta Arenas, located on t...

  • Puerto Natales

    It is tourism rather than wool that is now the mainstay of Puerto Natales’ economy, a small fishing port on the fjord of the “Last Hope”, facing the Patagonian Andes. It is the last stop on the ferry ...

  • Valparaíso

    Valparaíso, the “inconsequential” cultural capital of Chile so dear to Pablo Neruda, is dominated by the 42 hills which rise up in an amphitheatre behind the port located at the mouth of the Rió Maipo...

  • Valparaíso, the “inconsequential” cultural capital of Chile so dear to Pablo Neruda, is dominated by the 42 hills which rise up in an amphitheatre behind the port located at the mouth of the Rió Maipo...

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