Over 4,000 km long, Chile is a concentrate of the entire American continent. In the north you will find colored deserts, canyons and geysers, together with the Andean culture, the whitewashed villages, the cacti, the clear blue sky that cannot be seen anywhere else. Farther south, orchards and vineyards.
In the center you will find instead the skyscrapers of Santiago, the colored houses and the funiculars of Valparaiso, the pacific coast with pelicans, fishermen and marinas. Depending on the region, you will find traces of Italian immigration, German immigration, the original Mapuche culture, and many others: in any case, a welcoming country.
Still, going south, you will see green pastures, woods, lakes in which snow-covered volcanoes are reflected. And finally Patagonia: islands, fjords, semi-deserted roads, ferries, sheep, salmon farms, natural parks for all tastes. And down to Tierra del Fuego, the pampas, the guanacos, the city of Puerto Williams (further south even than Ushuaia). And if you really want, at least according to the Chilean papers, there would also be Antarctica ...
WHAT NOT TO BE MISSED
To the north, the Atacama desert offers great shows: dunes, strange and colorful geological conformations, Andean villages, volcanoes, roads that are lost endlessly in the desert, steps on 5,000 meters ... In the center are Santiago and Valparaiso.
In the South it is worth visiting the lake region and the island of Chiloè, a land of myths, legends, wild coasts, and beautiful wooden churches. The Torres del Paine park. The Strait of Magellan, the Tierra del Fuego, in short, the Patagonia, with all its legendary aura, and with the possibility of trespassing easily in Argentina to see everything that the other side of the continent also offers.
And let's not forget the gastronomy: the Pisco Sour, an excellent cocktail based on the homonymous distillate; grilled meat; seafood as big as the palm of a hand; pullmay (or curanto: a dish based on chicken, smoked meat and fish); the many avocado-based preparations; tropical fruits such as papaya and chirimoia; the empanadas (excellent dumplings filled with meat, fish or cheese). From north to south, you will always find something good to try!
SPECIAL ADVICE FOR TRUE TPC
Unless you have two months available, you will surely miss out on something that would be "not to be missed". But it doesn't matter, it will be a good reason to come back.
Then the advice is: don't try to see everything, and try to "waste time". Take the long journeys with the night buses (very comfortable), then rent a car and turn at random (especially in the south). Take a few walks. Slip into a restaurant frequented only by locals. Leave the tourist destinations and enjoy the tranquility of a fishing village, a "frontier" town on the edge of the desert or the ocean, a deserted beach in Chiloè, a lost road in Patagonia ... those places where people still greets you on the street, smiles at you and welcomes you, just because you've come this far.