Atacama Desert: "In San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis in the heart of the world's driest desert, fine boutique hotels offer excursions to Inca ruins, astronomical observatories, hot springs and much more." Chile Highlights www.bradtguides.com
Termas Geometricas hot springs near Coñaripe, Chile. "These hot pools are as good as any I've ever been in. We went on a cold rainy day and it was mind blowing. Steam and mist everywhere. All of the pools are set in a rocky gorge. There seem to be about 10-15 pools of different temperatures, and two freezing cold waterfalls to quench yourself in." Dan G. on Trip Advisor
Santiago, Chile - met a girl from my hometown randomly on the street. Very westernized city. It's like NYC's latin love child. Being on central time made it such an easy adjustment. Practice up on your Spanish though!