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No other country on earth combines so many climate zones as Chile. The country offers a cocktail of contrasting natural landscapes, from shimmering blue glaciers to snow-capped volcanoes. There’s beaches, mountains, forests and more. Here’s a handy guide to some of Chile’s top natural wonders.
Only in Chile could you find a tiny slice of tropical beach in the middle of the driest desert in the world. Bahia Inglesa is a cove of heavenly white sand and turquoise waters. Enjoy this magical part of the coast by relaxing on the gently lapping ocean, while pondering the strangeness of its location.
A trip to Chile’s oldest National Park promises a true sensory feast, with its range of natural wonders. You will hear the sounds of the Petrohue Rapids gushing down a volcanic rock canyon while seeing luminous lava flowing into rivers. The park’s star attraction has to be the Osorno Volcano, but be sure not to miss the Tronador and Cayutue valleys and Los Santos Lake.
Located 37km (23 mi.) from the charming lakeside town of Pucon, Los Pozones, or ‘the pools’, are a set of seven natural hot springs. The temperature of the beautiful springs varies and offer the perfect cool down after a hard day’s trekking in the surrounding hills. Clear days offer spectacular views of the smoking Villarrica volcano, while nightfall is perfect for stargazing.
Stretching along the border of the country, Tierra del Fuego is a true adventurer’s playground. From jagged mountains, alpine lakes and glaciers, to sub-Antarctic tundra; this park has it all. Its highest peak is Monte Vinciguerra standing at 1,450m (4,750 ft.). Make sure to give yourself enough time to truly explore all its spectacular offerings.
Set on the enchanting Lake General Carrera, the Marble Cathedral is a truly awe-inspiring sight. Formed over 6,000 years, this network of caves sparkles with blue hues thanks to the reflection of the glacial meltwater below. The Cathedral is experienced by floating through the hallowed marble on a tiny boat – unmissable.