Preparing for a travel to Chile means looking in a travel guide, on wonderful pictures and through the internet. While doing so, you might think if this shows the reality of what Chile is. Or some will not have any imaginations, only knowing Chile as a country on the other side of the world.
This was actually, what I was thinking. There is almost no other country further away from my hometown and I only knew that it is the small and long country in the far south of South America. It stretches 4300km from the north to the south and 240km from its east borders of Argentina and Bolivia to the Pacific Ocean.
Thanks to this tremendous extension, it is a country offering more than only one or two highlights of wonderful landscape.
When flying into the airport of Santiago it is the first impression will get you when looking out of the airplane window and having this awesome view to the Andes that makes you fascinated to explore this beautiful spot on earth.
There is one little Chilean Legend, which I like a lot as it describes the enormous variety in view words – “In the beginning of time, God created the wonders of the world. When he was finished, he saw that he had many leftover pieces. He had parts of rivers and valleys, of oceans and lakes, of glaciers and deserts, of mountains and forests, and of meadows and hills. Rather than to let such beauty go to waste, god put them all together and cast them to the most remote corner of the earth. This is how Chile was born.”
In the North, you will be witness to the natural beauty and environmental extremes of snow-capped Andean volcanoes, sand-preserved mummies and pre-Incan artifacts that prove human inhabitation dating back to 5,000 BC. Clear blue and emerald lakes, extensive steps, the exotic flora and fauna of Lauca National Park, hot springs and huge geysers just to mention a view more. Further down, the driest desert on earth – Atacama – waits for you. Visiting the little town of San Pedro de Atacama with its impressive rock fortresses that were built by a Paleolithic culture to encircle the green valley is a must. It contrasts with the eerily silent landscape of the nearby Valley of the Moon with its tiny but beautiful salt ponds and the backdrop of snow-capped volcanoes.
Getting to the central of Chile the landscape starts to look totally different. Green valleys, beaches and the country’s capital Santiago de Chile are forming one part of the picturesque surrounding. The middle of the country is also famous for its wine valleys stretching from Santiago down to the region of Bio Bio.
Coming to the south green forests, volcanoes, crystal clear rivers and lakes with a huge variety of impressive flora and fauna and a background of the majestic Andes will be making you breathless.
South of the Lake District starts Patagonia – another world full of untouched nature. Islands, fjords, glaciers until you reach the ice packed Antarctica.
Thanks to that distinctive variety of geographic, you can make all kind of activities – Watersports, biking, hiking, horseback riding, mountaineering, canyoning and much more. Did you know that in winter (June-August) you can find world-class ski resorts to ski in Chile
Although the country is full of adventures you do not need to be an adventurer to visit Chile. On classical trips with busses, boats or rental cars, during day excursions or guided adventure trips you can find comfortable Chile tours.
Very recommendable are tailor made tours which can be arranged by incoming agencies like Protours Chile.
Pack your suitcase and come to see this world of fascinations.