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).
Get off the beaten track - hike, stargaze and learn to cook classic Chilean dishes on a trip across Patagonia
Visit the geysers of the Atacama Desert, the driest, non-polar desert in the world with clear, unpolluted skies that are perfect for stargazing
Visit Chiloe Island to explore the rich culture and diverse nature, including a unique penguin colony and pink flamingos.
Capital city: Santiago
Currency: Chilean Peso
Time difference: GMT - 4 hours
Flight time: 15 hours to Santiago
Chile trip ideas
As well as the striking landscapes, Chile boasts an impressive line up of native wildlife. Walk amongst Magellanic penguins on Isla Magdelena, keep your eyes peeled for pumas in the Torres del Paine National park and enjoy the sight of beautiful pink flamingos along the Chilean coastline.
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Places to go 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.
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.
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Things to do in Chile
It’s the unique experiences which make a VIVID trip special, and here are just some of the things you can do during your trip to Chile. Experience the real country beyond the obvious, whether it’s stargazing in San Pedro, white water rafting on the Rio Retrohue River, taking a boat out to see the penguins or hiking in Torres del Paine National Park.
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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.
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.
The good weather continues without being too hot, and crowds remain so you should book your travel and accommodation in advance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Experience the best ski conditions in the north. Easter Island will be warm and the Atacama Desert will be more pleasant to visit.
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.
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.
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.
Summer has arrived and temperatures continue to rise. It's a good time to visit Patagonia before the crowds arrive in December.
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.