It’s always satisfying to know that others share a love for your favorite destinations. When The New York Times declares one of them the #2 place in the entire world to visit in 2017 on their iconic Top-52 annual list, you can’t help but feel equal parts elated and proud. Second only to Canada, the Atacama Desert has officially been declared a 2017 travel must-see.
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Astronomers, astrophysicists and other sundry brainiacs from around the world flock to Chile to gaze into the night sky. With good reason. Chile's high altitude, few clouds and minimal light pollution make this South American gem one of the premiere stargazing spots around the globe. But you don't have to be a rocket science to experience the wonder of the Chilean sky, there are plenty of outstanding stargazing experiences for those of us who are still a few credits shy of our PhDs.
Two countries, endless possibilities. Look at a map of South America and it’s impossible not to notice that the bottom half of the continent is dominated by two very long countries. Sure, one is significantly wider than the other but both are equally packed with some of the world’s most impressive natural splendors. And we know what you’re thinking: you’re going to travel all that way so you want to cross both countries off your bucket list. Now you just need to figure out how (hint: trekking across the Patagonia glacier field is probably not the most convenient option). Here’s your cheat sheet on how to best combine your Argentina and Chile itineraries!
Chile’s extraordinary natural diversity for geothermal activity make its lands a paradise for fans of hot springs. Anything from trickles of warm water to steaming-hot geysers have rustic or posh tourist facilities built up around them. Take your pick from hot springs along the Pacific coast to those on the high plains, from those in the rainy southern forests to those 3,900 meters above sea level.