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Chile.

´Chile´, Pablo Neruda wrote, ‘was invented by a poet’. Bordered on one side by the Andes and on the other by the Pacific Ocean, it extends over 4000kms north to south and averages only 177kms east to west.

From the Atacama Desert, the mainland stretches south through vineyards, lakes, fjords and snow-capped volcanoes to the breathtaking Torres del Paine National Park and beyond to Cape Horn, southernmost point in the Americas.

Chile’s geography is perfectly honed for adventure and exploration, with some of South America´s finest lodges and most unspoilt landscapes.

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Capital

Santiago

Language

Spanish

Time Difference  

GMT -3

Currency

Chilean Peso (though USD widely accepted)

Read

Pablo Neruda’s Twenty Love Poems & a Song of Despair

Listen

Folk legend Violeta Parra

Eat

Seafood!

Drink

Pisco Sour

 

Locations

  • Easter Island
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  • Santiago and Wine Country
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  • Valparaiso and The Pacific Coast
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  • The Lakes
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  • Southern Patagonia and Torres Del Paine
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  • The Atacama Desert
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  • We have just come back from a three month trip with our 9 year old daughter, incorporating Argentina, Chile and Uruguay - all organised by PlanSouthAmerica. Originally we had intended to make the arrangements ourselves, thinking it would save costs - thank goodness we didn't! It would UNDOUBDTEDLY have been a false economy. PSA not only gave us access to the most fabulous estancias and properties in general, but more importantly, they tailored our trip allowing us to get a real flavour for the culture. We had wanted a mix of 5 star luxury with the occasional self-catering reality check -their knowledge of the region is second to none and they pitched it perfectly. One overriding aspect is their superb organisation. All transfers (both by air and ground) ran without fault. We had the most delightful (and knowledgeable) drivers, who were always prompt and when we had flights, boarding passes were emailed to our location, printed off and presented to us, saving us a lot of time and angst. There was always someone on-hand at PSA, able to give advice on local activities, sort out problems etc. It was comforting to know that there was someone permanently covering our backs. Thank you Harry, Cecile and Hero for organising and executing the most wonderful trip!

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