Wedged between the sea and the mountains, Chile has some 30 national parks and 36 reserves distributed throughout a country that stretches 2,700 miles from north to south, yet is only some 220 miles at its widest point from east to west. Chile is a land of contrasts. It has the driest desert in the world and the largest reservations of sweet water on the planet. Its national park system includes the countries most scenic attractions and protects treasures as varied as flamingo populations and glaciers. In the south Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most spectacular national parks in the country. A world biosphere reserve, it has a huge variety of plant and animal species which, with its incredibly beautiful setting of snow-capped mountain peaks, cascading rivers and waterfalls, glaciers and mirrored lakes, has made it an almost unequalled destination for hikers and backpackers, ecology-lovers and adventure sportsmen alike. In the far north Lauca National Park, a Global Biosphere Reserve, has one of the highest lakes in the world, the astonishing Lake Chungará located at the foot of the Payachata twin volcanoes. And don't forget to visit Rapa Nui National Park located 3,700 km from mainland Chile on Easter Island.