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Chile is nature on a colossal scale, amazing landscapes and a land of extremes, travel however is surprisingly easy.
Chile stretches from the belly of South America to its foot, reaching from the driest desert on earth to vast southern glacial fields. Diverse landscapes unfurl over a 4300km stretch: parched dunes, fertile valleys, volcanoes, ancient forests, massive glaciers and fjords.
Chile is a long narrow country which extends like a ribbon down the west coast of South America. While the coastline is over 4,000 miles (6,437 kilometers) long, it is only about 61 miles (91 kilometers) wide. Cape Horn is the southernmost tip of South America. In the past, ships had to round the horn to sail from Pacific to Atlantic ports and to Europe before the Panama Canal was built. Cape Horn is known for high winds and treacherous waves.
Today only about 5 percent of the population is native Mapuche and other indigenous groups. Nearly 95 percent of Chileans have a mixture of native and European roots. There are areas in the south where the Mapuche live, speak their language, and practice their own religion. About 40 percent of the population lives in the area around the capital of Santiago. Children in rural areas need to wake up at 5:00 - 6:00 a.m. to walk to school or meet the bus. Their journeys sometimes take two hours each way. After school, they help their parents in the fields and do their homework.
The region is rich in natural beauty and plant and animal life. The long coastline is home to penguins, pelicans, and sea lions, and migratory whales can be seen in the waters as they journey to and from feeding and breeding grounds. Puma, alpacas, vicunas, foxes, condors, and flamingos are all found on the diverse landscapes of Chile. The Atacama Desert is one of the driest areas on the Earth. There are many species of reptiles and cacti. The country's rich supply of copper is also found in the desert region.
The northern part of the country was ruled by the Inca before the Spanish took control in the 16th century. Native Mapuche people lived in the southern and central regions before the country became a Spanish colony. The country gained independence from Spain in 1810. Toward the end of the 1800s, many Europeans began to settle in Chile, including Germans, French, British, and Italians. Many Chinese moved to Chile to help build the railroad.
Wine Culture. Before wine became an export commodity for the luxury set, humble casks had their place on every Chilean table. Grandparents tended backyard orchards. Now, Chile has become a worldwide producer catering to ever more sophisticated palates. Rich reds, crisp whites and floral rosés, there is a varietal that speaks to every mood and occasion.
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Panama is a great destination for your holiday since it has so many things to discover without being over-crowded by heaps of tourists. With a proud and friendly population of 7 different indigenous groups, more than 1,000 kilometers of beach, jungle with many species of tropical birds, mammals and trees, and the cosmopolitan Panama city, Panama has all the ingredients for an unforgettable holiday! ( See in the next Tab : itinerary with rental car - 16 days )
Hundreds of small and larger tropical bounty islands, surrounded by clear blue sea and golden beaches with waving palm trees. This is the setting at the San Blas archipelago, the autonomous region of the colorful Guna Yala Indians. The San Blas islands are a unique destination to visit thanks to the culture of the Guna Yala Indians combined with the very special and idyllic environment.
If you want to make your visit to the San Blas island a very special one, then this module is for you. On your private sailboat your captain and hostess will show you the best places of the archipelago and will bring you in contact with the Guna Yala Indians. The boat will anchor where you want it to- to relax, swim, snorkel or to take a nice stroll and have a picnic on an uninhabited island.
The San Blas sailing itinerary (see next Tab) is an example itinerary, which we can customize to suit your wishes.