Chile

Chile is a land of extremes, running down the southwestern coast of South America for 2,700 miles from arid desert in the north to vast icefields in the far south, with an average width of barely 100 miles.

Roughly twice the size of Germany, Chile is bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean, to the east by Argentina and Bolivia, and by Peru in the north.

Chile’s varied geography includes a large portion of the Andes range which runs north to south through the spine of the country. The mysterious Easter Island is found far out in the Pacific Ocean. To the north is the Atacama, the most arid desert on earth; there are famous cities and productive vineyards in the centre;  temperate rainforests, beautiful lakes and indigenous Mapuche communities and Chiloe Island are found further to the south, and fjords, glaciers, ice fields and vast wild steppe landscapes can be seen in the far south.  Pumas can be seen in the far south’s Torres del Paine National Park, a land of spectacular beauty.

Santiago is the country’s capital and the largest city in terms of population and employment. It is one of the most modern capital cities on the continent and is the country’s main political, economic, cultural and industrial centre.

With such variety, Chile is without doubt one of South America’s greatest destinations.

Chile Wildlife Holiday Ideas

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The Manifold Highlights of Spectacular Chile

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18 Days from £6644
This varied and exciting tour uses excellent accommodation and perfectly showcas...
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The Ultimate Natural History Highlights Tour of Chile

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18 Days from £7760
Incorporating practically all the prime wildlife habitats of Chile, this compreh...
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Exploring Chile on a Budget

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16 Days from £4339
Explore a good deal of Chile’s highlights in this well-priced tour full of con...
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Wild Chile: Off The Beaten Track

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19 Days from £5998
Our comprehensive off-the-beaten-track itinerary offers a diverse mix of activit...
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Exploring Chile In Comfort And Style

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15 Days from £7762
Reef & Rainforest has designed this itinerary to showcase the diverse attrib...
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The Dazzling Diversity Of Patagonian Chile And Argentina

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16 Days from £6617
This wide-ranging journey takes in a southern cruise and three iconic Patagonian...
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Chile: Punta Arenas to Ushuaia

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5 Days from £995
Follow in the footsteps of early explorers and navigate through the legendary ma...
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Patagonia Puma Tracking Wildlife Photo Adventure

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10 Days from £5575
A chance to explore the unique wildlife of Chile's Torres del Paine National Par...

Featured Accommodation

EcoCamp Patagonia

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Chilean Patagonia
Located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, with a unique view of th...

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge and Spa

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Northern Chile
Located in the Catarpe Valley, just over a mile from San Pedro de Atacama’s ma...

Tierra Atacama Hotel and Spa

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Northern Chile
Stylish hotel close to the rustic village of San Pedro de Atacama...

Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas

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Chilean Lake District
With beautiful views of Lake Llanquihue and the Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes...

Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve

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Chilean Lake District
Private reserve within the Austral Andes Temperate Moist Forest Biosphere Reserv...

Casa Higueras

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Central Chile
Perched on Valparaiso's hills with spectacular views over the bay...

Destination Map

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Chile: -35.675147, -71.542969

Best Time To Visit Chile

The climate of Chile is generally temperate but because of the wide range of latitudes and varied geographical landscape there are many climatic zones. The Atacama Desert in the north is considered the driest desert in the world. The central region benefits from a Mediterranean climate, while the south is wetter with lower temperatures.

Being in the southern hemisphere, Chile experiences its summer during December to February, and winter from June to August. Most of the rainfall the country receives is over the winter and humidity is low year round. Late September to late March are generally considered the best months to visit.

In the far south the temperature averages 6C; it’s around 14C in the centre and 16C in the north.

Travel Info

Flight Time
Approximately 14½ hours’ flying time non-stop from London Heathrow to Santiago.

Time Zone
GMT -4

Best visited
October to April

Language Spoken
Spanish

Population
18 million

Area Specialist

John Melton
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When travelling through Chile you can experience such wide variations in geography and climate that packing can be a challenge, so please pay special attention to our packing guidelines.

If you have any questions regarding travel to Chile please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965