Chile seems to have quite a variety of diverse ecosystems that I can't wait to see and experience the way you have with your family. Cheers again for sharing.
Wow, 90% of your pictures look like they were taken somewhere in Oregon. Even the coast looks similar to ours.
I posted the pictures a little mixed, so you'll find pics of southern Chile (even close to Patagonia) mixed wityh some of Central Chile. For Example Matanzas is like 100 miles south of Santiago (Captial city of Chile, in the middle of the country north to south), but those withe the snowed volcanoes (Pucon, Conguillio, etc.) are 500 miles south of Santiago. Some others with the ferry, the giant Alerce trees, etc. are closer to Patagonia (between 600 and 1200 miles south of Santiago).
Chile is long and narrow, but from north to south it has 3 or 4 main ecosystems and climates. In the north (1300 miles north of Santiago) it has the world's dryest desert (Atacama desert, it rains every 10 years or so), where for example this year we have again the Paris - Daker Rally. Then you get the Central area where you have mild mediterranean climate (like California, Nevada, etc.) with rainy winters and hot summers (300 miles north of Santiago thru 300 miles south), then comes the South (500 to 1000 miles south of Santiago) you have the lake district, with many volcanoes, hot springs, lakes, forests, humid forests, like Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountain in Summer, etc. and humid winters,m with a lot of rain and snow. Then the far south 1500 miles south where is its pretty cold like a mix of northern Canada to Alaska, with forests , galciers, frozen lakes, windy open spaces, etc.
The good part of Chile for adventurers and campers is the fact that we don't have harmful critters, nor wolves, bears, snakes, spyders, etc. so you can really camp in the open widerness without any fear.
Last edited by jpvm; 12-13-2010 at 09:59 AM.
Wow , this post is slower than Monday mornin'
(I'd love to ski this chute..)