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Contrast the salt flats, geysers and moonscapes of the arid north with the lakes, glaciers and temperate forests of Patagonia.

Chile is a country defined by its diverse landscapes, which range from the pristine lakes, towering peaks and glaciers of Patagonia to the huge rock formations and geysers of its arid north, via the lush Andean vineyards of the Central Valley.

One of the most iconic images of Chile is that of the the distinctive ‘Los Cuernos’ horn-shaped peaks in the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, one of the best national parks anywhere in the world, particularly for hiking enthusiasts. Both north and south of here you can embark on expedition cruises to immense remote glaciers. Northern Patagonia is dominated by the Chile's Lake District, an outstanding area of natural beauty, whose glistening lakes, verdant forest and European style towns give it a distinctly alpine feel.

Heading north, Chile's central region is charactarised by its pristine vineyards, especially those clustered around the capital Santiago and in the Santa Cruz wine region. The spectacular Atacama Desert spreads out across the north of the country, famed for its cinematic rock formations, vast salt flats, flamingo-filled lagoons and billowing geysers, in total contrast to the landscape experienced in the south.

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Be transported to Mars in the world's driest desert

 
3981 Santa Cruz Vineyards

Santa Cruz Vineyards

Sample some of the world's best wine in the stunning Colchagua Valley

 
Vira Vira Region

Pucón & Lake District

Mountain town on the shore of Lake Villarica in the heart of the Lake District

 
Carretera Australe

Puerto Varas & Lake District

Survey the shimmering lakes in the Switzerland of the south

 
Skorpios II is small enough to get close to a glacier

Northern Ice Field Skorpios II Cruise

Cruise fjords to lush mountains, sculptured icebergs, colourful fishing villages to the spectacular San Rafael Glacier.

 
Cruising the Chilean Fjords

Southern Ice Field Skorpios III Cruise

Cruise the Southern Patagonia ice fields with Veloso Tours | Latin America Specialists

 
Happy days in the wilderness

Patagonia and Torres del Paine

Hike below the granite peaks of this prestigious national park

 
Cape Horn at dawn on a rare calm, sunny day with M/V Australis waiting

Tierra del Fuego & Cape Horn Cruises

Follow the icy waters to the end of the world in wild Patagonia

 
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