Strikingly long and thin, Chile is the supermodel of South America in terms of stunning good looks. And in a continent of physical contrasts, Chile has plenty to celebrate. Hemmed in between the Andes mountains on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, this land stretches for over 4,300 km and is home to deserts, lush valleys, towering peaks, terraced vineyards, volcanoes, beaches, glaciers, and fjords. The sophisticated capital of Santiago is a mix of modern skyscrapers, neoclassical, and colonial architecture. Home to nearly half the population, the city is the cultural hub and boasts many fine restaurants, clubs, world-class shopping, pedestrian malls, and green public spaces. Head south to check out the magnificent Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, a untamed mountainous area with vertical peaks, lakes, and where the distinctive rhea, and other wildlife roam freely, or relax on the beaches of Arica in the north, where it’s sunny all year!