Chile

With more than 4,000 km of coast, Chile offers a wide variety of travel scenarios for every taste.

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Chile is a famous family-friendly destination offering a huge diversity of things to see and do. Not only does it have wide-open natural landscapes, but also its people are always smiling and open to novelties.
It is home to the driest place on earth, the Atacama desert, but no need to worry about getting dehydrated, the Pacific Ocean will refresh your mind and body. Its waves beat against cliffs and coast all the way to the Patagonian bridge.
Want some action? Chile is just what you were looking for. Those who “like it hot” will find here the region with the largest number of historically active volcanoes.
Here the bond between man and nature finds its finest expression. Think of exploring pristine areas such as hidden lakes and meet the funny Magellanic penguins and the tiny deers called Pudú.

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Say ¡Hola! to Santiago de Chile, the fifth largest city in South America only 60 km away from the ski centres, and a step far from the beautiful Pacific beaches. Just south of Santiago lie the rich and beautiful vineyards of the Maipo Valley, one of the world's most esteemed wine producing regions. You will always find exciting activities to get involved into, the snowy and glimmering Andes offer slopes for the adventurous skiers while horseback lovers can visit the marvellous Lakes District named Los Lagos, explore the crystalline glacial lakes and gaze at the snow-capped volcanoes.

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Many countries have their own unique style or genre of music, but Chilean music, totally in line with the open-mindedness of the country, speaks to diversity. Get inspired by the most traditional music and dance of Chile, the cueca (short word for zamacueca), which carries influences of present and past sounds. If nature’s song is what pleases your ears, then listen carefully to the strong winds rumble in the salt desert of Atacama while the sea lions scream in the port of Iquique at dusk. Moving towards the Andean region, you can hear in the distance the busy Chilean bees working to make delicious honey.

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There are places that you would recognize just by their smell alone and Chile is one of these. When walking in the coastal villages of Chile you will definitely bump into local fish markets and experience the salty smell of the Pacific ocean. Wine connoisseurs can do tasting tours in the vineyards and enjoy the aromas of black fruit, violet and green bell pepper of the rich Cabernet wines paired with different types of meat.

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Chile enjoys a privileged position in South America having both indigenous and European DNA. You can’t miss the corn casserole with meat stuffing known as pastel de choclo or a bite of an on the go empanada, a rounded shape pastry filled with meat, cheese or mussels. If you are into meat, the cazuela homemade stew with beef, chicken, corn, rice and potatoes or the asado are a dream. Any fish lovers? Enjoy the saucy Chilean sea bass or a taste of ceviche. If travelling in the summer, don’t forget to have a sip of the traditional non-alcoholic drink Mote con Huesillo.

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Feelings are travel companions. Just think of the texture of mussels on your tongue, the arid heat of the salty Chilean desert and the tingly sensation on your skin after surfing in the northern regions where the waves are strong. Who wants to play Indiana Jones? Feel energised by a visit to the Easter Island where the origin of the Moai giant head statues is still a mystery.

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