Chile’s slender shape yields a variety of experiences: sawtooth horizons, a seaside town that inspired the country’s most famous poet, a mysteriously energetic wine region, and a desert known as the driest on earth.
Stretching from the belly of South America to its foot, Chile – the No. 1 country on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 list – is nature on a colossal scale. Travel here is surprisingly easy if you don’t rush it. Start amidst the granite spires of Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, and then travel north to Valparaiso, a poetic and boisterous seaside town. Succumb to the spiritual magnetism of the Elqui Valley before striking out for the arid canyons and volcanoes of the Atacama Desert.
1 Witness Patagonia’s mountain masterpiece in Torres del Paine National Park. 2 Ascend the famed hillsides of Valparaiso, Chile’s bohemian port city. 3 Follow the Chilean hippie trail to the vineyards and starry skies of the Elqui...