Chile is an unusually-shaped thin, narrow country running down the majority of the western coast of South America, flanked on each side by the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. The vast latitudinal span of Chile means it has an extremely varied series of weather patterns and climates, from the arid Atacama Desert to the rainy, temperate southern regions.
Chile is home to some popular tourist destinations, such as its vibrant capital Santiago, the naturally magnificent Villarrica with its sprawling lakes and volcanic landscape and the ski resorts of the south of the country. Chilean food is gaining popularity worldwide, and it’s not hard to see why. The hearty stews, meat dishes and empanadas are filling and delicious, and visitors should be sure to sample as much of the local fare as possible as Chilean restaurants are unusual in the rest of the world.