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From the Atacama Desert in the north to Torres del Paine in the south, travels in the "thin country," as Sara Wheeler describes Chile in her book of that title, are rife with beauty and discovery. While Hector Tobar's Deep Down Dark conveys the spirit of everyday Chileans, Bruce Chatwin's In Patagonia and Gerald Durrell's The Whispering Land are must-reads for travelers venturing into Patagonia's striking wilderness.

Follow the links below to see recommended reading for each destination.

The Longitude Blog – Chile
Life and Death in the Andes
In his new meditation on South America, Life and Death in the Andes, Kim MacQuarrie (The Last Days of the Incas) follows the spine of the world's longest mountain chain, exploring the lives of legendary characters like Charles Darwin, Pablo Escobar and Che Guevara. Picking through remnants and ruins, he muses on indigenous cultures' disappearance and searches for the true uniqueness of the South American continent. Each chapter works as an extended essay on a historical figure, such as Hiram Bingham and his strained relationship with the Peruvians after his discovery of Machu Picchu.
At the Movies, In the Dark
The new film The 33 follows the release of the book Deep Down Dark, an account of the harrowing 69 days a group of Chilean miners spent trapped in a collapsed mine in 2010. In the book, a recent Longitude Book Club pick, Journalist Hector Tobar brings to light for the first time the stories of the 33 men who survived the disaster in the San Jose mine outside of Copiapo, Chile.