Chile is so long that you really need to fly if you are going any great distance . We decided to stay around central Chile as we wanted to keep things simple with the kids . Patagonia was going to be too cold in December and apart from the Acatama desert up north there is not much more to see . We didn't get to Chiloe or The Lakes District but both of those place came highly recommended by fellow travelers . Santa Cruz was our wine valley stop but with the kids we could only fit in one vineyard . The town itself is shabby but that may have had a lot to do with the amount of earthquakes this area has been hit with in recent years. The most impressive museum / private collection of artifacts is housed here and for that reason alone it is worth the stop .