Gap Years and Backpacking in Chile

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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.

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 cool capital Santiago, which has a real buzz and mixes European style with Latin exoticism.

Then there's loads of amazing outdoors fun in the form of skiing, horse riding, trekking and rafting. It's basically a playground for adrenaline junkies.

This is a beautiful and physically diverse country, with 5,000km of coast to its west, the epic Andes mountains and lake districts to the east, arid deserts to the north and icy glaciers in the south. And if you're packing some serious cash you can pay a visit to the legendary island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

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There are more than 2,000 volcanoes in Chile, 50 of which are still currently active. Chile also has the one of the highest lakes above sea level - Lake Chungara (4,517m)

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Over a third (1/3) of the worlds copper production is produced in Chile...