Chile is about to become much more accessible for Britons, thanks to the launch of a direct British Airways flight between London Heathrow and Santiago next January. Here’s why it ought to be next on your list.

1. The Atacama Desert

Chile’s Atacama Desert is the driest non-polar place on Earth. The average rainfall across the region is 15 mm per year, while some weather stations in the Atacama have never received rain at all.