After nearly 100 years of decline, Chile’s historic port city is bouncing back with a Unesco World Heritage nod and a 34 billion peso urban redevelopment plan.
The Andes is pocked with snow-capped volcanic cones, offering towering ice spires, sulphurous craters and stunning altiplano views to the aspiring volcano-bagger.
With the Andes Mountain range cutting through South America, the neighbouring countries of Argentina and Chile offer challenging terrain, pristine conditions and plentiful side trips.
An ambitious initiative to restore 31 adobe missions near the Bolivian border is helping to revitalise the fading indigenous culture and open up the region to travellers.
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