It is not enough to call CHILE a land of contrasts - it is a land of extremes. While the city of Arica basks in tropical heat in the north, Punta Arenas shivers in the icy south. To appreciate Chile's geographic diversity, follow the jagged Andean mountains south, passing through the ancient forests of Parque Nacional Chiloe, past shimmering lakes and immense plains, to the exquisite labyrinth of fjords, islands and milky-blue glaciers at the end of the Americas in Southern Patagonia. Chile's incredible wilderness is complemented by its modern cities, developed infrastructure, a fascinating history and a contemporary youth culture.
SAGE OFFERS an array of opportunities in this amazing country. Hike in Chile's rugged Patagonia region or venture out to the salt flats of San Pedro de Atacama. Study the ecology of the Andes and work on reforestation projects to prevent destructive erosion. Learn about craft production from local artisans while supporting their fair-trade marketing efforts. Contribute to indigenous peoples' sustainable tourism efforts by helping build footpaths near ancient ruins and petroglyphs. Assist school children on a sustainable farm for use by their community. Visit traditional beekeepers and learn about sustainable honey production. Practice your Spanish with locals on the busy streets of Santiago or Valparaiso.