Destination Inspiration: The Andes, Chile

In Chile, there is an infusion of magical realism and epic landscapes that offer a unique travel experience. It’s not just about gawping at out-of-this-world scenery, it is about how we relate to it, and by doing so, understand the sheer beauty, tranquility and diversity that Chile offers.

Chile has it all, from the Atacama Desert – the driest desert in the world where rain hardly ever falls – to the snow-covered Andes mountains with over 1300 volcanoes, some of which are still active, and over 4000 km of coastline. Try to conquer them all, or just marvel at the scale and largess of differences here. From sand boarding, to skiing, diving, hiking and trekking, Chile is the place where your body can catch up with and embrace your adventurous spirit.

Take the Torres del Paine National Park, which will astound you with its diversity: razor-like peaks, spectacular granite spires and glaciers can all be found, and form part of the world’s most diverse challenges on foot, a trekking mecca. Let your feet take you on an unforgettable voyage that starts at Laguna Amarga, the reflective metallic-looking lake, leading on through ancient beech forests to the final destination of 50,000 year-old glaciers. It’s three worlds in one, all in the Chilean Andes.

Nature has never been so wondrous and whether you’re an experienced trekker or a mere beginner, the Andes, the spine of Chile, will change the way you relate nature and traveling and show you that it doesn’t all need to be one way.

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