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• • • • • C H I L E • • • • •
The Chilean Patagonia.

Visiting Chile is like touring a dozen different countries at once. Due to its topography and immense length from north to south, Chile has a great variety of climates. Desert climate in the area between Arica and La Serena, Mediterranean in the central Valley and Coast, temperate and rainy from Concepcion to Punta Arenas and cold on the polar ice of Antarctica.

It's in the center of the country where you can expect to find the larger cities and the cultural nucleus. All of Chile's largest industries are located there, as are most of its universities and vineyards, finest agricultural lands, colonial and early republican architecture. In fact, central Chile is something of a microcosm of the country, balanced between deserts to the north and forests to the south, with the capital poised between the highest peaks in the Americas and a host of premier beach resorts.

When you're in Santiago, you can drive 45 minutes to a ski resort, or you can drive to the coastal cities of Viña del Mar, Valparaiso, and San Antonio. Like Santiago, the central coast enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with short, mild winters and a sunny summer season lasting over eight months. Here a chain of white-sand beaches and coastal resorts offers something for every taste, from luxury hotels to secluded cabañas, picnics on the beach to fresh seafood in an open-air restaurant.

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Discover the diversity of Chile and the attractions that are waiting for you by visiting Visit Chile , the country's official travel website.

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