Due to its long and narrow shape, Chile is a land of extremes. Stretching from the Andes Mountains to the very southern tip of the continent, each region of Chile is unique and full of natural beauty. In the far north is the Atacama Desert, the most arid in the world. In the south, the climate is cold and wet, giving way to lakes and rivers. In the middle, the climate can fall anywhere between the two. So for travelers looking to get the most out of their vacation, Chile is the place to go. From vineyards, to hip cities, from adventure travel to UNESCO Heritage sites, Chile has it all.
Peru’s fabled city of Machu Picchu, its magnificent ruins perched 8,000 feet above sea level, high in the cloud forest where the Andes meet the Amazon basin, is one of the great mysteries of the world. Its massive stones fit together flawlessly without mortar, this architectural wonder was built, occupied and abandoned within one hundred years. To this day, no one knows why this extraordinary city, invisible from below, was created and deserted so quickly. Another enigma is how these colossal rocks were carved from the mountain, fit together with such an exactitude and transported. Dubbed “The Lost City of the Incas,” it was missed by the plundering conquistadors and remained hidden from Western eyes until 1911 when American explorer Hiram Bingham re-discovered it.