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Christmas with a difference.

If you’re groaning rather than grinning as the festive season approaches, you may want to look at other options this year, skip the Christmas pudding and charades and opt for something more challenging. We’ve searched the web and come up with the following suggestions from a BBC list.

Head south for a serious hike at remote Torres del Paine, Chile. These granite pillars, which tower over 2,000mts above the Patagonian steppe, dominate the landscape of one of South America's finest national parks, the Parque Nacional Torres del Paine.

One of the most beautiful spots in the world, it’s a great place for hikers, with good trails, 8 refugios (mountain huts) and camping sites. December is the peak of the summer season so you will enjoy good weather, the outdoor life and energizing exercise, a far cry from being a Christmas couch potato with the heating on full blast.

Good fitness is required so it’s not a trip for the faint hearted but if you’re in shape, up for an adventure and without family commitments you can make this a Christmas trip of a lifetime. Start out from Punta Arenas. Lan Chile have a daily flight there from the capital, Santiago de Chile.

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