If I could only visit one country in the world for the rest of my life I would visit Chile. Simply because I can't think of one other that contains such a stunning variety of sensational habitats. At its southern tip you feel as close to Antarctica as you are. Heading northward the howling gales of Patagonia and the mighty Campo de Hielo Sur are mellowed by lush temperate rainforests from which rise dramatic peaks which in turn spawn grinding glaciers. Interwoven amongst the grandeur are lakes, rivers and a fractal coastline of startling remoteness which stir the explorer that's present within all of us. Liberally scatter in some dramatically active volcanoes and the south of Chile becomes a wonderland. As you move north the mountains grow higher, the vineyards appear in sheltered valleys, the density of people swells to the point where they become dominant rather than lost within the landscape and your senses adjust to new forms of beauty around every corner. Further north still there is the striking coastline and the haunting Atacama desert. In the North Chile once again feels like a world purpose built for travel and reserved only for those prepared to take the time to explore its beauty. There can be no tours to Chiles highlights, no quick fixes for those in a hurry to tick of the top 10s. To visit Chile you need time, to properly experience it all you probably need a lifetime.