Wealthy Santiago is Chile’s cultural hub and cosmopolitan capital. Ride the funicular up Cerro San Christobal and admire the views across the surrounding countryside before descending to the cafes, restaurants and bars of the lively Bellavista district. Las Condes, nicknamed Sanhattan, is the place to go to search out a hot deal in the best malls in town.

5-7,San Pedro De Atacama

Explore the breathtaking scenery that surrounds this oasis in the Chilean desert. Conical snowcapped volcanoes frame a landscape of delicate salt flats, scorched river canyons, atmospheric geysers and turquoise mountain lakes. This is nature at its most raw, with a dramatic beauty that commands your attention and fills your dreams.

8-11,Puerto Varas

Also known as La Ciudad de las Rosas, Puerto Varas is the gateway to the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, the Petrohué falls, and to Lake Todos los Santos. Three volcanoes are found nearby and skiing is popular in the winter.

2h10m to Punta Arenas

12-14,Punta Arenas

Travel almost as far south as you can to Chile’s most southerly city located on the Strait of Magellan. Punta Arenas is the jumping off point not only for travellers going to Antarctica but also those heading a few hours north of its airport to the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park. Before you leave, tour the Austral Brewery, visit the Braun-Menéndez Museum, Museo del Recuerdo and the Nao Victoria Museum.

3h26m to Torres del Paine

2h10m to Punta Arenas

15-17,Torres Del Paine

Be inspired by nature at one of South America’s most dramatic natural landscapes. The towering granite pinnacles known as the Torres del Paine lend their name to the area and are a must-see for every visitor. Glaciar Grey and its calving icebergs can be found nearby, but for many it is the sight of herds of wild guanaco grazing in the park’s meadows that will form their enduring memory.

3h26m to Torres del Paine

2h10m to Punta Arenas

18-21,Colchagua Valley

Travel to the peaceful Colchagua Valley, Chile, known for its vineyards and longstanding wine-producing tradition. The trilla a yegua suelta, an old farming tradition involving the harvesting and threshing of wheat using mares was once the main method of farming in the area but is now celebrated each summer as part of a popular fiesta.