Chile

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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...

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