Chile has always been a firm favourite with Wanderlust readers. With extraordinary landscapes and a range of experiences to suit every taste, it really is no surprise that it tops most travellers' wish lists and inspires repeat visits.
Chile stretches more than 4,300km from the Peruvian border, inside the tropical zone, to wind-blasted Cape Horn. It is bordered by the Pacific on one side, and the Andes on the other. An adventure playground, its landscape embraces glacial wilderness and moonscapes, lakes and volcanoes, beaches, salt flats and the burnt colours of the desert.
Wildlife nuts can spot everything from flamingos to penguins, pumas to whales. Active types can experience some of the best trekking, cycling or horseriding in the world. Combine this with world-class wines, vibrant culture, and superb accommodation, and you will soon see the appeal.