Chile is described in its national anthem as Eden’s Happy Copy. With more than 2.500 Miles from North to South, the Andes mountain range on the East and the Pacific Ocean on the West, its geography and colors change constantly, just like its flora and fauna. Nature is the real protagonist in Chile and “geotouring” you´ll have the opportunity to be part of it and enjoy it.
The North offers a unique contrast between the Atacama Desert, world´s most arid desert, and the fertile valleys and oasis of the plateau. The imposing geography gives way to awesome scenery, like the Valley of the Moon, the Atacama salt flats, geysers and volcanoes. Indian villages, archeological sites and museums add to the culture of the place. Old salt mines, now ghost towns, and some of the biggest mines of the world are also to be seen here. Perfect clear skies year round are the perfect scenery for many astronomical observatories placed throughout the zone. Green valleys immersed in the desert appear farther south and are home of the famous Pisco liquor. Warm water beaches cover almost the entire coast and invite you to try the awesome Seafood dinning choices.
Recommended places: Chungará lake, Pampa del Tamarugal, Valley of the Moon, Humberstone Saltmine, San Pedro de Atacama, Tatio Geysers, Chuquicamata Coppermine, Pan de Azúcar National Park, Flowering desert, National Park, Punta de Choros y Chañaral de Aceituno, Elqui Valley, El Tololo Observatory, Fray Jorge National Park, all coastal areas.
Chile´s Center Area perfectly combines mountain ranges, the coast and the green fertile central valleys. The short distance between the Ski centers and the beaches let you switch from skiing to surfing in a matter of hours. Port towns and fishing coves fill the coasts with charm and colors. Meanwhile extensive vines invite you to a wine tasting experience. Dining is a highlight in the coast as it is in the central valleys. Old beach towns add to the history and culture of this zone.
Recommended places: Valparaíso Port and Viña del Mar, Isla Negra, Skicenters, Vine route, Rapel and Vichuquén lakes, Zapallar, Cachagua and Maitencillo beach towns; Cajón del Maipo, Matanzas, Pichilemu.
Lakes, rivers, forests and volcanoes frame the scenery of Chile`s South. Farther south ice fields and glaciers win over the scenery. German settlers add culture to the place, influencing their house styles and gastronomy. Chiloe island still keeps most of their mores, influenced by mythology and Catholicism; their wood constructions, stilt houses and churches are also a highlight. Reaching the “Carretera Austral” a mixture between native forests, lakes, rivers and glaciers begins, ending at the beginning of the northern ice fields. The beautiful scenery and people are again the highlight. At the far south the Patagonia appears, where much of the scenery appears to have been never touched by man: ice fields, national parks, fiords and the mountain ridges mark the scenery that appears to be Eden’s Copy.
Recommended places: Termas de Chillán, Conguillío National Park, Volcanoes route, Lakes route, Puyehue National Park y Termas Aguas Calientes, Chiloé Island, Carretera Austral, Torres del Paine National Park, Cabo de Hornos, Estrecho de Magallanes, Tierra del Fuego.