Chile is the longest country in the world, stretching 4,270 km (2,653 mi) from the tropical zone in the north to the icy fjords of Patagonia in the south. Bordered but the great Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, it is isolated from the rest of South America, lending to a high number of endemic and range-restricted species. The vast mountain landscapes and dozens of natural areas and national parks make it an adventurers playground.
All together, Stephanie and I spent about 2.5 months in Chile. We started in the nations capital of Santiago, then flew to the most northern city in the country; Arica. There we explored the amazing Lauca National Park. Then we made our way south, visiting the desert, wine country, volcanoes, and ultimately southern Patagonia. It’s incredible to say that we saw the most northern and most southern city on Chile’s mainland!
Want to plan your own Patagonian expedition?
Here I breakdown the costs and logistics of our time birding and exploring Chile’s southern Patagonia, including Torres del Paine National Park.
Check out the latest posts about our trip through Chile!
More Chile content will be coming soon!