The Central Highlands Travel Guide
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The Central Highlands are where the massive Andes crash into the impenetrable South American rain forests and winding, cloud-covered mountain roads dip down into stark desert terrain. The way of life has changed little in hundreds of years.
Fodor's local writers visit every hotel we recommend. Look for our discerning Fodor's Choice picks or search by price and location.
Find the best Central Highlands restaurants in every price category with our top picks.
Things To Do in The Central Highlands
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
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