Chile, that thin, long country with mountains to the east and the ocean to the west, has astounding geographic diversity as one of its principal attractions for travelers.
From the Atacama Desert of northern Chile — some parts of which have not received rain in 200 or more years — to the massive glaciers of the south, where visitors are likely to experience weather that takes them through four seasons in a single day, Chile delivers on its promise.
Here are 8 natural wonders that should move Chile to the top of your trip list:
1. The sand dunes of the Atacama Desert
2. The massive glaciers of Tierra del Fuego
3. The 6000ft granite walls of Torres del Paine
4. The penguins of Punta de Arenas
5. The active Volcán Villarica, just outside of Pucón
6. The surreal world of the Atacama Desert
7. The pristine beaches of Easter Island
8. The quiet bays of Chiloe
Have you been to Chile? Thinking about going? Share your favorite natural wonders or questions about Chile below. Read Matador member VickiElizabeth’s blog, “10 Things I Have Learned in Chile.” Check out Matador organization Patagonia Volunteer, which offers numerous opportunities for travelers to volunteer in the Southern Cone.
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Julie Schwietert Collazo is a writer, editor, researcher, and translator currently in New York, formerly of Mexico City and San Juan.
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