Chile a Land of Many Contrasts


Chilean tourism officials say there’s much about their country that nature enthusiasts will find “n-ice.”

Juan Lopez, North American market manager for TurismoChile, says the country has many distinct regions, including Patagonia, the southernmost part of South America, which is a land of dramatic mountains, fiords, glaciers and icebergs. The northernmost part of the country, on the other hand, is home to the Atacama Desert, the driest desert on the planet and the skies of which are remarkably clear, attracting people eager to see nighttime celestial displays. Volcanoes are another side to the Chilean landscape.

An influx of immigrants from other Latin countries is making the capital of Santiago a more cosmopolitan destination, while the Santiago region has around 50 of Chile’s hundreds of wineries, Lopez adds.

Other Chilean locales include Eastern Island – famed for its huge stone monoliths – and Robinson Crusoe Island, so named because of its inspiring the Daniel Defoe novel of the same name.

Pictured are Lopez and Dallyce Macas, Canadian representative for Australis, which has Patagonia cruises.

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