Chile and Argentina share the southernmost part of Latin America - Patagonia. The name itself can conjure up vivid images of desolation, wilderness, endless mountains and screeching wind and storm. It has been called 'el fin del mundo' or 'the uttermost part of the earth.'
It is where the Andes mountain range shows its true beauty with some of the most spectacular mountains on the planet. We can only gasp at the near vertical granite towers of Las Torres del Paine, (Chile) the sheer buttresses of Cerro Fitzroy and the rock spires of Cerro Torre (Los Glaciares N.P. - Argentina).
Chile is a long thin strip of a country stretching for over 4300 kms and barely 180kms at its widest point. It stretches from the Atacama desert with its salt pans, pink flamingos and surreal volcanoes to the fjords, peaks and glaciers of Patagonia and beyond to the wild seas and windswept islands at the very tip of South America. In between these extremes, Central Chile, where most of its 16 million people live, ranges from the Mediterranean scenery of the Central Valley to the picturesque lakes, forests and volcanoes of the Chilean Lake District and Araucania. And always in sight along the breadth of its eastern border, the endless chain of the mighty Andes.