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Chile is a beautiful and diverse country. It’s 3,000 miles long and averages only 150 miles wide. Its northern boundary is the Atacama Desert, one of the driest spots on earth, while its southern most regions in Patagonia include the temperate rain forests and rain-filled fjords flanked by the snow capped volcanoes. The southernmost city of Patagonia is Punta Arenas on the Straits of Magellan, the jumping off spot to Antarctica (a portion of which is claimed by Chile). Across the Straits of Magellan is Tierra del Fuego, “the Land of Fire,” which would be better named “the Land of Wind.” While we previously had been to Santiago (work-related), this was our first time to enjoy the fishing and national parks this country offers. As a local might say, “¡Chile es Magnifico!”