Unfathomably long and sandwiched between the Andes and the Pacific, Chile stretches along the southern half of the west coast of South America, encompassing a surreal desert and vast glacial fields.

Home to highly diverse landscapes, the country is a bewitching place of extremes. Chile’s topographic schizophrenia starts south with its famous Torres del Paine National Park, the perfect place to enjoy the views of the jagged Patagonian icons or indulge into the world’s best trekking routes.

Further north, the dazzling white Atacama salt flats represent its absolute natural counterpart. Whether you intend to pedal through the idyllic fjord landscapes of the Lake District, wander in the evergreen Araucaria woods in the country’s centre, stargaze in the Elqui wine valley or admire the Polynesian-esque Easter Island’s Moai heritage, Chile’s natural and cultural variety will leave you flabbergasted.

Another outstanding aspect is the enormous hospitality shown by the locals when sharing maté tea in Patagonia, strolling through Valparaíso’s cultural hub or exploring the vibrant capital of Santiago.