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Chile is one of the longest countries in the world, measuring 2650 miles (4270 km) from its northern border to the southern tip of South America. Packed within this are a multitude of habitats. The Andes dominate much of the country, and their impressive peaks reach their climax at its fractured southern end in the World famous Torres del Paine NP, which frequently ranks as one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The country can be broadly divided into three regions: Northern, Central and Southern. In the north, the Andes are dramatic and in their higher reaches hold plains of puna grasslands, where lakes dot the landscapes and a variety of flamingos stud these lakes. The Central region is home to mixed Beech and Araucaria forests, which are themselves home to giant tapaculos that haunt the forest floor. Bogs in the higher valleys of the Andes are home to such must see birds as Diademed Sandpiper-Plover. The Central Region can also boast some of the best pelagic birding on Earth, with regular departures into the seabird rich Humboldt current of the Pacific from Viña del Mar. And then, at the bottom of it all, lies the Southern Region, which includes part of Patagonia, a revered region at the southern end of the World, where Pumas roam, and King Penguins nest, and is also home to an unusual bird family, the bubblegum pink-legged Magellanic Plover.