there’s any road trip that I would love to do, it’s the highway that traverses the entire length of Chile. When I lived
in Chile, I was on that road in bits and pieces many times, but never did it from bottom to top (and there is actually
a break in the road around Puerto Monnt).
It is the length of Chile that surprises; the unfathomable change
in topography, climate and culture from top to bottom. Chile is more than 3,000 miles long, almost as long as the US is
wide. That’s kind of mind-blowing when you think about it. And Neil, the driver here, experiences many of Chile’s
greatest sights: the Martian-like beauty of the high
desert and the vast loveliness of the South. He also meets a somewhat unfriendly Carabinieri, and loses
his driving partner who can’t hack the drive. A fun piece. Highly recommended.