From the Atacama Desert down to Punta Arenas, Chile is an astonishing destination filled with intrigue and wonder! Take advantage of its captivating diversity and culture by hiking through its varied terrain from the Pacific Coast to the top of the Andes!
Chile is a country in South America known for tall mountains and long rivers. It borders the Pacific Ocean to the west and Argentina to the east. It also shares a border with Peru and Bolivia in the north. Its unique geographic shape lends itself to a compelling history, including a biodiversity and network of ecosystems that are the rare byproduct of its longitudinal range. Santiago serves as a major transportation hub in the center of the country, with many exciting programs taking place further to the north and south. The Andes Mountains on the border with Argentina serve as a hiker’s playground. The arid north offers a very different trek than the other elevated programs throughout central Chile and further south to the glaciated parts of the country.
The weather varies greatly across the country. In the north, the climate is arid, The ice field and high altitude weather can be volatile, with extreme temperatures in the south.
Flying into Santiago is the most reliable mode of transportation to Chile. In the north, Arica and Antofagasta are great jumping off points for the Atacama Desert. Further south, Concepcion is a possible point of entry. Punta Arenas is considered a disembarking destination for Antarctica.
Depending on when you are traveling, you can visit Chile year round! Some of the higher altitude hikes are reserved for the summer months (December through March).
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