Chile's extraordinary variety of natural wonders includes the driest desert in the world, the altiplano
, lakes and volcanoes
and southern canals and glaciers. It's a country of contrasting and overwhelming landscapes, where contact with nature is guaranteed and it's still possible to find unexplored areas.
This narrow territory has over 4,000 km of coastline and beaches for all tastes. Chile is home to all of the climates of the world save for one (humid tropical), which has allowed for the development of multiple natural landscapes. The northern area is arid and cold at high altitudes. It also receives brief bouts of precipitation that allow plant life to bloom in the desert. The central area is temperate and warm, perfect for wine producing. In southern Chile, the landscape becomes rainy, lush and rural, and the temperate jungle begins. Southern Patagonia is marked by intense cold and strong winds as well as fjords, lakes and raging rivers. The variety is completed by the archipelago of Chiloé, the pristine Juan Fernández (Robinson Crusoe) Islands, and magical Easter Island (Rapa Nui) with its warm subtropical climate.
Nineteen percent of the country's territory is a protected park or natural reserve. This is excellent news for fans of bird watching, who can experience different species of penguin, condor, sea birds, woodpecker, flamingo and ñandú up close. You can also take in Chile's abundant native flora and animals like vicunas, foxes, pumas and pudúes in their natural habitat. All of this is accentuated by the more than 500 active volcanoes scattered throughout the territory, part of mountain ranges that crown many of the country's majestic landscapes.