Chile's narrow territory encompasses so many climates and cultures within its borders - perfect for outdoor adventure travelers. In the north, the world's driest desert in the Atacama region has ancient lava flows, salt lagoons, and active volcanic geysers to explore - and its high elevation is an ideal place to view the night skies.

Glacial Patagonia in the south has snow-capped mountains, blue glaciers, and the raw, rugged nature of Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks. 2,000 miles off the coast lies Easter Island and Rapa Nui National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

And in between it all lies the central valley and Santiago, Chile's vibrant capital city with colorful neighborhood barrios each with their own personality, not to mention one of the best wine regions in the world.

Wherever we go, we always have a beaten up guidebook, local phrasebook, and weatherproof map in our backpacks.