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The longest, thinnest country in the world, Chile is a land of extremes and staggering beauty, from the surreal and bewitching red desert landscape of the north to the extraordinary granite peaks and glaciers of the south. Chile squeezes an extraordinarily diverse range of landscapes into its long frame, from the world's driest desert through rolling vineyards, past snow-dusted volcanoes down to the dramatic granite peaks of Torres del Paine and the magical Isla de Chiloé. With Easter Island only five hours away by air, you can see why Chile is such a compelling destination.

Chile's capital Santiago lies in the centre, in one of the most fertile regions of the world. From here you can head south to Chile's Lake District where glittering blue lakes are interspersed by waterfalls and thermal hot springs, edged by the Andes. Even further south is Patagonia and Chile's most famous national park, Torres del Paine, where vast granite towers plummet to a dramatic valley of lakes, waterfalls, glaciers and icebergs. In total contrast, thousands of miles north is the Atacama Desert. This magical place is most beautiful at sunrise and sunset when the surfaces and sky appear to turn orange, crimson and gold. During the day, explore its geysers, lunar landscape valleys and salt lakes; at night the skies are littered with thousands of stars. From here you can head west to the remote Easter Island, 3,200km off the coast of Chile and one of the most isolated places on Earth.

Chile Holidays 2016, 2017 with A&K 
Returning clients frequently tell us about extraordinary, unexpected moments on their A&K holidays in Chile. Here's a hot contender for the top ten. One of our traveller's helicopter had landed on a Patagonian glacier to find the guides had chipped off ice and laid out a frozen selection board of cheese and meat.

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