Stranded in Paradise with Easter Island Statues
After travelling around the Cape in Patagonia, Mark Bibby Jackson heads to the Pacific for a meeting with the famous Easter Island statues or moai, and somewhat outstays…
Few countries can have such a long coastline for its landmass as Chile. The country hugs the Pacific Ocean in the small space allotted it by the Andes Mountains. The climate in the country is diverse from one of the hottest places in the world in the North in the Atacama Dessert, to the ice-cold fjord region in Chile Patagonia.
Much of the southern coastline is dominated by fjords and narrow inlets, ideal for cruising but not so east for land travel. This is some of the most spectacular landscape you will encounter anywhere. Along with the lake district to the south of the capital Santiago, this is what make the country such a hit with holidaymakers.
The country also owns the Easter Island (Rapa Nui); you fly there from Santiago. A visit to see the amazing Easter Island statues should be a must on anyone’s travel bucket list. Try to combine your trip to coincide with the Tapati Rapa Nui festival, which features sport, music and dance
The very north of the country becomes much more arid as you enter the Atacama Dessert, the driest place on Earth. It is towards the north of the country that Chile’s best wine is grown.
Chile is renowned for the quality of its wine, and one of the best festivals to participate in during your travels through the country is the Fiesta de la Vendimia, when the grapes are harvested.
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