I recently went to Chile and stayed with a family. I sacrificed my summer in the US for a Chilean winter. But, the snow-capped volcanoes, the awesome view of the Andes, the black sand, raging rivers, excellent salmon and empanadas, friendly people, family atmosphere, naps every day, large lunches, pisco sour (national alcoholic beverage), and the sea of red shoes made it all worth the cold. I love to be outside, to travel, and to be around good people. For these reasons I highly recommend a trip to Chile! I'm definitely going back, next time during the Chilean summer.