Are you ready to take a life-changing trip to one of the most exciting countries on the planet?
If you’ve never been, Chile will knock the breath right out of you. It’s a vast, rugged landscape on a scale you’ve never seen. It’s beautiful rolling hills dotted with vineyards. It’s exciting, throbbing city life—and it’s untouched wilderness and spectacular desert stretching from horizon to horizon. Chile’s beauty is hard to believe until you’ve actually been there and seen it for yourself.
So how about I send you there?
All you have to do is enter this competition—and if you win, you’ll be in Chile before the end of the coming year*. Are you up for that kind of adventure in 2017?
Keep reading for the details. Or just click the button below to enter now.
*US residents only
15 Reasons You're Going to Want to Enter This Contest
You and a guest will experience the trip of a lifetime on an 11-day tour of Chile’s most beloved iconic places. The Grand Prize also includes plenty of Marmot gear to keep you covered during the journey!
This trip is valued at $23,039. You’d be nuts to miss this. Keep reading for the details.
But before we get to the entry requirements and a breakdown of all the incredible goodies you’re going to get when you win, we need to talk about Chile.
Chile is an adventurer’s paradise, and it’s going to completely blow your 100% breathable merino wool hiking socks off.
1. You like walking, right? You’d like Chile. End to end, north to south, it’s the longest country in the world (4,300 km), meaning there’s the mother of all hikes waiting for you out there, you crazy walking machine, you. Although, you’d have to cross…
2. The Atacama Desert, the driest non-polar desert on Earth, with a mean atmospheric relative humidity that drops below 18%. You know where else has similar humidity? Mars. You’d basically be walking across Mars, except without the instant flash-frozen death and the 222 million km return trip putting a downer on things. I definitely recommend Chile as the better option here.
3. It’s ridiculously thin. Chile is an average of only 180 km wide, and the widest it gets along its whole 4,300km length is just under 360km. If Italy is a boot, Chile is a colossal shoelace, and a natural highway for explorers. I dare you to forget which way you’re going.
4. The primary language of Chile is Spanish, except only in the way that the cast of Trainspotting were speaking English. Chilean Spanish is filled with distinctive vocabulary, slang and words borrowed from neighbouring and indigenous languages. Here’s one Spanish-learning travel blogger who found herself completely unprepared.
5. The southernmost point of the Polynesian island triangle is in Chile. Yes, Polynesia, the island chain around 8,000km west of Chile. That one. How is this even possible? Simple: Rapa Nui, aka. Easter Island, is actually part of Chile. Bizarre but true. (And it’s a very weird-looking triangle.)
6. Saying Easter Island (population: around 5,700) is part of Chile is both technically correct and geographically ludicrous. It’s one of the most remote communities in the world—the nearest landfall is Pitcairn, 2,000km west, and Chile is 3,700km east. How far does that feel? You’ll find out if you win the competition—it’s your first stop after landing in Santiago!
7. The famous Easter Island heads were actually built to scare away crows. They had a huge crow problem back then. I’m lying. This isn’t an actual fact. Nobody knows why they were built, what they were for or how they got there (although this is intriguing).
8. Roughly a third of the population of Chile (6.1 million) lives in Santiago, the country’s exciting capital, meaning the remaining 11-odd million people are spread thin, with an average of only 22 people per square km. (In comparison, Turkey has roughly the same land area, and has over 100 people per square km.)
9. I’m sorry about lying to you about the crows thing, so I’ll buy you a Pisco Sour the next time I see you. Pisco is a delicious and uniquely Chilean brandy made by turning grape wine into a high-proof spirit, and it’s…woah, yes, I know it’s made in Peru as well, but look, when you’re talking to someone from Chile, Pisco is uniquely Chilean. Right? You want to make friends in Chile? Okay then.
10. While we’re talking about wine, the whole country is a grape-grower’s paradise, so it’s not surprising that Chile is becoming one of the world’s top wine producers, and you also shouldn’t be surprised that day 6 of your trip will be devoted to touring the vineyards around Santiago and learning how wine is made. Hope you win!
11. Patagonia is in Chile, but it’s also in Argentina. The border between these countries runs down the centre of Patagonia—drunkenly. It’s the wiggliest border you’ll ever see. The reason is a series of lively boundary commission disputes at the beginning of the 20th Century, and a few parts of the border are still being argued over, more than a century later. Everyone wants a piece of Patagonia, and frankly, who can blame them?
12. The Torres Del Paine National Park is the throbbing heart of Chilean Patagonia. Founded in 1959 by humans and created 13 billion years ago by massive amounts of geology, it’s a place of soaring mountains, crystal-clear lakes and thundering rivers. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen. You should go. (And you will, if you win—it’s the destination for the final 4 days of the trip.)
13. At the heart of the park—the astounding Cordillera del Paine, vast fingers of granite reaching into the sky, exposed when the softer rock around them eroded away. Don’t stare too long – your brain will melt. This is a superb area for hiking, although you may need to upgrade your boots a bit.
14. When you’re done adventuring through the best of Patagonia, start checking out the volcanoes. There are over 1,300 in Chile! And some of them are still active. You should probably find out which. Just a suggestion, mind.
15. And if you fancy a real Chilean challenge someday, head to the town of Puerto Williams on Isla Navarino, best known as the most southerly village in the entire world.
Chile is waiting for you.
What are you waiting for?
The Grand Prize includes:
- An 11-day trip for two to Chile, developed by Craft Travel Group (valued at $15,539 – valid until the end of 2017)
- Roundtrip Economy Class flights for two people from anywhere in the continental US, via LATAM Airlines (valued at $4,000-$5,500)
- $2,000 of Marmot outdoor gear from DICK'S Sporting Goods
- 3 days on magical Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
- 2 days in Santiago, including a half-day tour of the city
- 1 day exploring the vineyards of Rosario Valley
- 4 days exploring the dramatic Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia
Ends 11:59 PM EST, 16th December, 2016. For US residents aged 18 or over only.