Beautiful Chile is a destination of prized contrasts with dramatic landscapes that vary from the starkness of the Atacama Desert, the world’s driest, in the north and the Patagonian ice fields in the south to fertile valleys, forests as old as time, temperamental volcanoes and unspoilt beaches. These regions are set along the incredible geography of Chile, which is a wonder in itself. The country has been hailed as the world’s longest, whilst its width of just 175 kilometres, defies logic in it slenderness. Stretching from the centre of South America right to its base, Chile is home to a vibrant melting pot of cultures that include charming alpaca herders, the rough and tumble huaso countrymen of Patagonia and the white-collar society of Santiago, all engaging and incredibly gracious in their hospitality.
Undeniably a jewel in the crown of South America’s must-see destinations, Peru’s enticing array of attractions are infinite. Celebrated for its medley of landscapes and ancient cultural heritage, this enchanting destination has something to offer every avid traveller. Home to the iconic Incan remnants of Machu Picchu, Cusco and the glorious Sacred Valley, as well as the mystical Nazca Lines, the country is a veritable “nirvana” for cultural and history enthusiasts. Outdoor and wildlife fanatics are equally spoilt for choice with fantastic explorations of the emerald jungles of the Amazon and journeys to the world’s second deepest canyon, Colca, and Lake Titicaca featuring as unmissable highlights. Let’s not forget the cuisine; and oh, what wonderful delicacies await you.
As the eighth largest country in the world, you’d be forgiven for losing yourself in the beautifully vast and contrasting landscapes of Argentina. Here, truly breathtaking destinations chop and change from lush wetlands and rain forests dotted with sparkling waterfalls to ragged snow-capped mountain ranges and the lush plateaus of the Pampas. It is here that the sprawling cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires beckons travellers to indulge in its fine eateries, exceptional shopping experiences and vibrant nightlife. Argentinians are a proud people who strongly hold onto their many traditions. They are also incredibly accommodating in their hospitality. Each of the country’s 23 provinces boasts its own folklore and customs, ensuring travellers have an eclectic mix of cultures wherever they roam.
Small in stature, yet abundant in its offerings, enchanting Ecuador is one of South America’s most sensational attractions. A must-see destination for any adventure traveller, Ecuador is filled-to-the-brim with a vibrant culture that still guards its pre-Incan and Spanish roots. A dramatic patchwork of landscapes awaits. Here, visitors can explore the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, navigate their way around one of the country’s many volcanoes, put one foot on each side of the equator, don their explorer’s hat to travel deep within the Amazon, unwind on a pristine beach and, the highlight of any Ecuadorian itinerary, embark on an unforgettable cruise to the ecologically diverse Galapagos Islands.
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