A dramatic, living landscape of gushing geysers and active volcanoes, Chile presents a wild land of dramatic fjords, remote coastline and a rich history of cultural traditions.
Home to the world’s driest desert, its landscape is pock-marked with an astonishing 2,000 volcanoes, 50 of which are still active and, as the sun goes down over the Salt Mountain range, you can hear the white-crusted rocks cracking as they contract. Sandwiched between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, the country is only 350 kilometres at its widest point, but stretches over 4,300 kilometres from north to south, passing through a landscape of remarkable climatic and cultural diversity.
Emerging from the dark days of Pinochet’s military dictatorship, the Chileans have retained their wonderful warmth and humour and provide a cheerful welcome to any visitor. Chileans love their sport as much as their traditions; panpipes and bamboo flutes play as much a part in their culture as football and rodeo. But it is Chile’s landscapes that leaving leave an everlasting memory, from the scorched deserts of the Atacama to the breathtaking mountains and glaciers of the Torres del Paine National Park, Chile is a land just ripe for everything from wild desert adventure and white water rafting, to complete escapism where photographers and culture buffs alike can relish a truly inspirational landscape.