Chile is less travelled by backpackers compared to some of its other South American neighbours, but that shouldn't put you off including it on a journey round Latin America.
Backpacking in Chile
The reason Chile is less visited is money - it enjoys a far more developed economy and is more expensive than Peru or Bolivia. But despite the cost Chile has lots for the adventurous backpacker, like its renowned wine regions and a cool capital, Santiago, which has a real buzz and mixes European style with Latin exoticism.
Volunteering or study abroad on your gap year are brilliant ways to spend some of your time. They're a fantastic way to give back to local communities and/or to gain something yourself that you wouldn't get anywhere else. If you can learn a foreign language while you're at it, so much the better!
Language Courses and Volunteering in Chile
Chile may be long and narrow, but there's a wide range of things you can do there. See what we did there? Yeah, sorry... Anyway, there's loads to do and the country is so ridiculously beautiful that we thought you might want some pointers on things to do and other useful stuff like getting around, food and tips on language. That and an interview with a hero of ours that cycled the length of Chile!
Advice for Chile