This huge territory is around 2,600 miles long, and even more than 3,700 miles if you also include the Antarctic areas claimed by Chile. On the other hand, it is only 110 miles wide between the Andes Cordillera and the Pacific Ocean. This is a remarkable geographical configuration that is unique in the world! As a consequence, there is a multitude of very contrasting landscapes from the north to the far south: from the Atacama Desert
, the most arid on the planet, to the famous Cape Horn through the central valley holding the capital, Santiago, and the colonial town of Valparaiso. Add Tierra del Fuego and the many fjords, volcanoes and lakes to that, and you have a thousand reasons for leaving to discover this country!
To discover one of the more unknown parts of Chile, visit Isla Robinson Cruscoe - a small island 13 miles long and 4 miles wide - which hosts plants and animal species native to the island, including the Juan Fernandez fur seal. The island was made a National Park in 1935 and today visitors can explore either alone or with a guide to discover the wealth of endemic flora species. Booking return flights from Santiago to Isla Robinson will usually set you back around 300 dollars but the fact that the island is still relatively unknown to travellers means you really will experience tranquility hard to find elsewhere in Chile.