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Chile has over 5000 km of coast on the South Pacific Ocean and narrowly stretches along the southern half of the west coast of South America. The bordering countries are Peru and Bolivia in the north and over the Andes to the east lies Argentina. Chile has a remarkable geography which ranges from parched northern deserts to the icy glaciers of the south. Defining the country’s easterly border is the rugged and beautiful Andes mountain range.
Travellers are offered a rich natural setting when visiting Chile offering a wealth of possibilities for outdoor adventures. Chile offers excellent skiing, horse riding, trekking and rafting, and an adventure playground for adrenaline junkies. Set between the Andes and a coastal mountain range is the country’s capital, Santiago, which is a vast and often smoggy sprawl. The capital offers many museums and attractions together with a reasonable choice of restaurants and accommodation.
Chile is well known for its copper industry as this is the mainstay of the country’s income although Chile now faces a challenge to diversify it’s exports. The country is presently a stable political nation after emerging from Augusto Pinochet’s 17-year dictatorship in 1990.
Chile is the land of contrasts with Arica basking in tropical heat at the tip and Punta Arenas shivers at its icy tail just short of Antarctica. This country offers snow-capped peaks, the world’s driest desert, ancient forests, rich vineyards, shimmering lakes and milky blue glaciers. Not only are there opportunities abounding for outdoor fun there are also hot springs for you to relax and soak in until your skin wrinkles, stargaze alongside top international observatories or soak up the urban buzz of Santiago. Chile promises travellers an inspiring, surprising and never, ever disappointing experience.