A backpacker’s guide to Chile: a one-month itinerary

From historic Santiago to boho Valparaíso and into staggeringly beautiful mountains and desert, this is a pulse-racing trip. Explore Chile with our guide on what to see and where to stay

Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific and stretching from the Atacama Desert to the glaciers of Patagonia, this strip of a country opens its secrets to backpackers prepared to push into the lesser-known quarters: to the lava fields of Conguillío national park with its monkey puzzle trees, or to the wild beaches of Hueicolla. Along the journey you can sip bitter-sweet pisco sours, squirm at salty raw piure (bizarre red-fleshed sea creatures) and fill your boots with world-class Chilean wine.

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