Chile is a land of startling contrasts and extreme beauty offering dramatic landscapes from the Atacama Desert to shimmering lakes, towering volcanic mountains, glaciers and rolling hills with bountiful flora and fauna. In describing Chile one must resort to a number of superlatives. This is the longest country in world; home to Atacama, the driest desert in the world; Punta Arenas, the southernmost city in the world and on it goes. Central Chile is a long and expansive river valley, a five hundred mile corridor occupied in the north by vineyards and great farms and in the south by primeval forests and enchanting lakes. To the south we find the Lake districts and the some of the most pristine places left on earth such as the Payne National Park in the heart of the Patagonia. Beyond that lies the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego, an island divided between Chile and Argentina. Few places on earth provide such varied and diverse travel opportunities.