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Chile is basically one-stop shopping for the traveler with Attention Deficit Disorder. The country has all types of terrain and does not skimp on its landscapes. Sometimes it's tough to leave the beaches, like Viña del Mar, where vendors cater to a sweets-loving nation by delivering ice cream right to your towel, but it has to be done- especially when the rest of the country is home to Easter Island, the Atacama desert, and Torres del Paine National Park- not to mention world-class skiing, wines, and salsa dancing. It’s also worth noting (for people who have spent one too many nights on local chicken buses), Chile has an equally impressive bus system, and Santiago is one of the major travel hubs in South America.

Highlights: Santiago is a must, but also visit Vina del Mar and Valpairso … surf and snowboard in the same day … Visit Easter Island … Whale watch at the southern tip of the country … Sandboard in the “Valley de la Muerte” (Valley of Death) … Raft down the Futaleufu River …


  • Best time to visit: September to December
  • What it costs:
    • Student Airfare: as low as $576 Los Angeles to Santiago
    • 7 nights in a hostel: $98 in Santiago
    • Can of Coke: 57 cents
    • Exchange rate: $1 US = 485 Chilean Pesos (as of April 2012)
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