Get Inspired / South America / Chile Experience Chile Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / South America / Chile Experience Chile story by: Contiki Cut off from the rest of South America by the ramparts of the great Andean Mountain chain and the driest desert on the planet, Chile has a distinctly different character to the rest of the continent. Stretching more than 4000km from north to south it also has a spectacular array of landscapes and climates – you can truly go to extremes in Chile. Equally fascinating is its unique Pacific territory of Easter Island, the most isolated inhabited island in the world. Chile’s breathtaking diversity can create dilemmas for travellers – how to fit everything in. After all what could you leave out – certainly not the out-of-this world arid moonscapes of the Atacama Desert, paddling the Patagonian fjords or absorbing the mystique that surrounds Easter Island’s massive stone moai. Chile’s capital Santiago is the stepping stone to these adventures. Located against a backdrop of the awesome Andes, it is a city that is starting to reflect Chile’s position as one of South American’s most economically successful countries.The most unique of Chile’s cities however is just to the north, the atmospheric vibrant port city of Valparaiso. Far to the south lies Patagonia and the indescribably spectacular Torres del Paine National Park. At the northern extremity is the Atacama with its hot springs and geysers, active volcanoes and ancient ruins. Chile Fast Facts: Country Name: Republic of Chile Population: 17 Million Capital: Santiago Languages: Spanish, Mapuche, Aymara, Rapanui Currency: Chilean Peso Time Zone: 16 hours behind New Zealand (17 hours with daylight saving) Electricity: Current is 220/230V, 50HZ Plug is a 2 point round-pin adaptor Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Wining and Dining in Santiago Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire Magazine - Leap into Adventure Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.