The Center

This is the heart of Chile's political and cultural life – a third of Chile's population lives in and around Santiago alone. More climate zones than anywhere else in Chile come together here in the small space of the central region that has a distinct Mediterranean feel. The versatility of the Andes has no bounds: one can go hiking or skiing, or go surfing or kite surfing along the coast, taste the famous Chilean wines at one of the many vineyards, climb to the top of one of the 6000-m-high peaks or visit the twining houses of Chile's poet laureate, Pablo Neruda.