The territory of Chile forms a long and narrow strip that is naturally squeezed between the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andean mountains to the east. The country is 2,653 miles long, yet just 110 miles wide on average. To the north and northeast Chile borders Peru and Bolivia, while to the east it borders Argentina and shares much of the Andes, and the Drake Passage lies to the south. Its extreme length creates a deep diversity of climates and terrain, with the mountains playing a prominent role.
The mountainous sections of Chile receive temperatures that are much cooler than other regions of the country, as well as experiencing a windy and dry climate.
Visit between October and April for ideal paralpinism conditions.
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