Chile is nature on a colossal scale, but travel here is surprisingly easy if you don’t rush it.
In Chile, adventure is what happens on the way to having an adventure. Pedal the chunky gravel of the Carretera Austral and end up sharing ferries with SUVs and oxcarts, taking a wrong turn and finding heaven in an anonymous orchard. Serendipity takes over. Plans may be made, but try being just as open to experience.
Chile stretches from the belly of South America to its foot, reaching from the driest desert on earth to vast southern glacial fields. Diverse landscapes unfurl over a 4300km stretch: parched dunes, fertile valleys, volcanoes, ancient forests, massive glaciers and fjords. There’s wonder in every detail and nature on a symphonic scale. For the traveler, it’s boggling how so much has stayed intact for so long.
Interesting facts about Chile:
- Chile printed a number of 50 peso coins in 2008 that misspelled the name of their country as “Chiie”. No one noticed until 2009.
- Chile has the worlds largest swimming pool with a length of 1,000 yards, an area of 20 acres and a maximum depth of 115 feet!
- Chile has one of the longest coastlines in the world.