The long, narrow strip of land on the western coast of South America, Chile is sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes, making it one of nature’s finest playgrounds for lovers of mountains and sea.
Among its wonders is the Lakes and Volcanoes district, a southern region of spectacular beauty between the cities of Temuco and Puerto Montt. Deep freshwater lakes dot the landscape, and snow-capped volcanoes may as well be mile markers—Villarrica, Choshuenco, and Osorno among them. There’s no better place to come face-to-face with waterfalls, hot springs, rivers, and rainforests than this pretty part of Patagonia.
Cuisine that reflects that country’s geographic diversity: seafood like lake trout, oyster soup, prawns, and ceviche; heirloom ingredients like quinoa and merkén (a smoked-chili spice); empanadas, asado (grilled meat), and sweetcorn pastel de choclo
Red and white wines from the Central Valley and northern regions: Carménère, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, plus a favorite local cocktail: the Pisco sour