San Alfonso del Mar, with the largest pool in the world
Parinacota, Lauca National Park, Andes Mountains
It just doesn't cut it to call Chile a land of contrasts - this is a land of extremes. It's a preposterously skinny tendril of a country creeping 4300km around the foot of South America: while Arica basks in tropical heat at its tip, Punta Arenas shivers at its icy tail just short of Antarctica. Nowhere else can you stand in the world's driest desert (near San Pedro de Atacama),
Brasil Chile Total Area 756,950 km2 (38th) 292,183 sq mi
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