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Home to the driest nonpolar desert in the world and some of the largest, active volcanoes in the Andes, the landscapes of Chile are a spectacular exhibition of a collision of worlds.
Nestled between the Andes to the East and the Pacific Ocean to the West, Chile occupies a narrow, tampered stretch of land brimming with ancient history, vibrant cultures and natural wonders. Renowned for its unique geography and rich cultural history, Chile is an enthralling holiday destination for all types of travellers. Boasting a diverse natural terrain including the Atacama Desert, Easter Island, Patagonia, the Chilean Lake District, the Andes Mountains and the Grey Glacier, Chile is ripe with breathtaking landscapes waiting to be discovered. Chile's towns and cities offer a more cultural experience, particularly the bustling capital city of Santiago and the nation's cultural capital, Valparaíso. Whether you're traversing the landscapes or exploring the cities, Chile will certainly captivate all who visit.
Our Top Chile Experiences
Best Time to Visit
Given the unique geography of Chile, the best time to visit depends on the region you’re travelling to. Santiago and the Atacama Desert offer favourable climate all-year-round while the Patagonia region is most accessible to visitors between October and March.
For travel to Patagonia, the best time to travel to Chile is between the months of October and March when the weather is warmest. For all other travel, Chile is an all-year-round destination.
Residing in the heart of the Strait of Magellan, Magdalena Island is best known for homing the second-largest Magellan penguins’ colony in South America. A short ferry ride will take you to the island where you can marvel at the 120,000 strong colony and other aquatic creatures such as dolphins, sea lions, and even whales.
Located in the Central Valley Region, Chile’s capital city is a fitting starting point to begin your adventure as Santiago is the centre of all the country's railroads. The city boasts a cosmopolitan culture, complemented by an impressive presence of historical landmarks such as The Santiago de Compostela Archcathedral and Palacio De La Moneda. With an exciting art scene, diverse dining options and a rich historical background, we recommend taking your time exploring Santiago.
Characterised by snow-capped volcanoes, turquoise lakes, rolling green hills, hot springs, stunning meadows and glistening streams, the Chilean Lake District is an undoubtedly stunning region filled with picturesque sights. Often overshadowed by Patagonia, the region is more accessible to visitors who can enjoy hiking around the national parks, skiing on volcanoes, kayaking across the crystalline waters and visiting the local villages of Pucon and Puerto Varas.
Formed over the course of 6,200 years, The Marble Caves are a spectacular sight situated on the edge of General Carrerra Lake. Carved by millenniums of water erosion, large marble deposits eventually evolved into caves, tunnels and columns, creating an otherworldly, mesmerizing marble maze.
Situated 3,686 km off the coast of Chile, Easter Island is one of the most remote islands in the world. This mystical island is best-known for the almost 900 moai statues that populate the island. While you'll have to take a 6-hour flight to reach the island, Easter Island remains one of the most mysterious and fascinating locations on the planet, a must-see for any adventurer.
Located roughly an hour from Santiago, Valparaíso is often referred to as the 'culture capital' of Chile. Populated with colourful buildings and stunning street artwork, the port city exudes an electrifying bohemian charm. Visitors can enjoy discovering the ins-and-outs of the city and lounging on Playa Torpederas beach, and trying out the city's famous, meaty local dish, chorrillana!
GMT -3 or -4
Best Time To Travel:
October - March
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