Holidays to Chile

Stretching over a thin strip of Latin America, Chile is a country full of stark contrasts. You'll find the snow covered peaks of the Altiplano, the sweltering Atacama desert (the driest in the world) and granite pillars in Torres del Paine (our favourite place in Chile).

Exploring the Atacama Desert is a must; a desert that resembles Mars so much that it's used to simulate Mars rovers. Go to San Pedro, the main town and see Chile's largest salt flat - the spectacle of the bright pink flamingos set against the pearl white saltscape is simply beautiful. Join a nighttime stargazing tour for clear views of the stars and the Milky Way in one of the best stargazing spots in the world.

If you like road tripping, you can drive around the Chilean Lake District on your own, exploring farmlands, forests, volcanoes and sheer clear lakes. For wine buffs, there's plenty of vineyards and wineries for to visit in the Casablanca Valley, renowned for its sauvignon blanc and chardonnay varieties. Santiago, the country's capital, is bursting with buzzing bars and restaurants, and historic buildings for architecture aficionados to admire, while the coastal town of Valparaíso is packed with galleries and street art that compete with the stunning views found at every corner. 

Discover the dramatic natural beauty of the remote Torres del Paine National Park. Whether you explore on two feet, two wheels or horse, the huge glaciers, towering snowy mountains and shimmering blue lakes you encounter are sure to take your breath away. Off the coast, mysterious Easter Island will draw you in with tales from the Rapa Nui people who have inhabited this far-flung island for thousands of years.

Highlights

  • Visit the driest non-polar desert in the world, the Atacama Desert, with clear, unpolluted skies that are perfect for stargazing

  • Discover the Torres del Paine National Park, a remote wilderness that's great for hiking, biking and self-drive tours

  • Visit some of the best wineries in South America for vineyard and cellar tours on foot or horseback

  • Delve into the mysterious history of the striking statues on Easter Island, a volcanic island in the Pacific

Key Info

  • Capital city: Santiago

  • Language: Spanish

  • Currency: Chilean Peso

  • Time difference: GMT -4 hours

  • Flight time: Approx. 15-16 hours to Santiago

David
Travel Designer
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I was born in Peru and worked as a tour guide across Latin America for 14 years, including Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

Chile trip ideas

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Places to go in Chile

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Things to do in Chile

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Map of Chile

When to go to Chile

Chile's geographical diversity means you can visit any time of the year and have a fantastic time. June to August is the best time to go skiing, while Patagonia is at its best from December to February. March is a fun time to visit when the grape harvests take place and wine festivals are in full flow. Easter Island has ideal weather conditions all year round.

January

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This is the peak of summer with lots of festivities happening. It's a good time to visit Patagonia, Torres del Paine and the Lake District, but you should book your trip in advance as it gets busy. Highs of 30°C and lows of 11°C.  

February

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The good weather continues without being too hot, and crowds remain so you should book your travel and accommodation in advance.  

March

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One of the best months to visit Easter Island, and a good time to visit Patagonia as the crowds being to depart. The grape harvests begin this month so it's a great time to head to Mendoza.  

April

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With lower visitor numbers and pleasant weather, this is a lovely time of year to visit Chile. Wildlife spotting in Torres del Paine is recommended, as are the lively wine festivals in the wine regions.  

May

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Temperatures are starting to cool and if you're planning on hiking in the central regions, it can be very cold and wet. It's a good time to visit the Atacama Desert - just pack an extra jumper or two.  

June

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Winter has arrived so it's time to get your ski wear out. Patagonia is best avoided this time of year as roads become impassable, but it's one of the best times to spot big cats in the northern regions.  

July

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Experience the best ski conditions in the north. Easter Island will be warm and the Atacama Desert will be more pleasant to visit.  

August

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Excellent ski conditions continues but this is one of the coldest months of the year, when temperatures can dip well below freezing and some places will see snowfall.  

September

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The days are starting to get warmer, so it's a good time to visit the Lake District and Torres del Paine. The locals will be celebrating Independence Day on 18 September with lots of festivities.  

October

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The Lake District will be in full bloom, and you can expect up to 16 hrs of daylight in Torres del Paine. Santiago and central Chile will also be pleasant.  

November

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Summer has arrived and temperatures continue to rise. It's a good time to visit Patagonia before the crowds arrive in December.  

December

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December is the start of peak season and the perfect time to visit Torres del Paine & The Lake District. Tourist numbers will start to pick up so plan your trip well in advance.