Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific, Chile is sometimes called the longest country in the world. It is never more than 180 km (112 miles) wide, but its coastline extends over 4,300 km (2,672 miles).
Chile is home to the world’s driest desert, stunning views of glaciers and fjords, and numerous volcanoes along the Pacific “Ring of Fire”.
Preposterously thin and unreasonably long, Chile stretches from the belly of South America to its foot, reaching from the driest desert on earth to vast southern glacial fields. Diverse landscapes unfurl over a 4300km stretch: parched dunes, fertile valleys, volcanoes, ancient forests, massive glaciers and fjords. There’s wonder in every detail and nature on a symphonic scale. For the traveler, it’s mind-boggling to find this great wilderness so intact. The human quest for development could imperil these treasures sooner than we think. Yet for now, Chile guards some of the most pristine parts of our planet, and they shouldn’t be missed.
In Chile, close borders foster backyard intimacy – bookended by the Andes and the Pacific, the country averages just 175km wide. No wonder you start greeting the same faces. Pause and it starts to feel like home. You’ve landed at the end of the continent, and one thing that stands out at this final frontier is hospitality. Buena onda (good vibes) means putting forth a welcoming attitude. Patagonians share round upon round of maté tea. The ritual of relating and relaxing is so integral to the fabric of local life, it’s hardly noticed. But they do say one thing: stay and let your guard down.
In Chile, adventure is what happens on the way to having an adventure. Pedal the chunky gravel of the Carretera Austral and end up sharing a ferry with SUVs and oxcarts, or take a wrong turn and find heaven in an anonymous orchard. Serendipity takes over. Plans may be made, but try being just as open to experience. Locals never rush, so maybe you shouldn’t either. ‘Those who hurry waste their time,’ is the Patagonian saying that would serve well as a traveler’s mantra.
A visit to the Los Pingüinos Natural Monument in Chile is an experience unlike anything. This is the largest penguin colony in southern Chile, and it is located on the small Magdalena Island.
The Chiloé Church in Chile’s Chiloé Islands is a unique architectural phenomenon in the Americas and one of the most prominent styles of Chilota architecture. Chiloe’s church is made entirely of native wood. The church was built with materials to resist the wet and rainy marine climate of the Chiloe Islands.
Valparaiso is the main city, seaport, naval base and educational center of the Chilean city of Valparaiso. Valparaiso, the capital of Chile’s second most populous administrative region, has been the headquarters of the Chilean Navy since 1817 and the seat of the Chilean National Assembly since 1990.
Currency Chilean Peso
Flight time from Kuala Lumpur 21h 5m
Official languages Spanish and English
Time difference + 11 hours
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