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Overview

Transposed to Western Europe, Chile would stretch from Norway to Tunisia, some 4,300km. A skinny coastal strip backed by the Andes mountain range, it has a variety of climate and landscape to match its changing latitudes. The country is proud of its arts and culture, producing world-famous poets and authors.

But it’s the awe-inspiring scenery that provides the greatest appeal: wildlife-filled countryside, from scorched volcano-dotted desert through fertile lake-land to a Patagonian wilderness surrounded by enormous glaciers. This is a country of the great outdoors, and there is a range of activities on offer to match. The icing on the cake is fascinating Easter Island, a remote Chilean territory with a Polynesian culture two time zones away in the Pacific Ocean.

Following a history of upheavals, Chile is a peaceful and welcoming place with a good infrastructure and, in spite of the distances it is easy to get around, with excellent hotels, abundant fresh seafood and cheap, delicious wines.

We have holidays to Chile available to fit any type of traveller. If you're looking for an active family holiday, why not try Family Patagonia: Glacial lakes and mountains? Are you travelling solo, and prefer to discover the country in the company of like-minded travellers? Have a look at our Penguin: Extremes of Chile group tour, or another of our group holidays.

With almost 40 years of experience in creating award-winning tailor-made holidays and escorted group tours to Central and South America, we are best placed to plan you the perfect itinerary. Contact our Travel Experts and start planning your perfect holiday to Chile today.

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The weather in Chile is wide and varied

Chile stretches out across 4,300 kilometers, encompassing some of the most diverse landscapes that South America has to offer. Between the scorched Atacama Desert of the north and the majestic Patagonian wilderness of the south, the climate varies considerably.
December to February are the peak summer months, with higher temperatures and less rainfall drawing plenty of local and international visitors. Clear summer skies create the perfect conditions for stargazing in the lunar landscapes of the Atacama desert, or for taking in vistas of the towering massifs and jagged glaciers of Torres del Paine National Park. The vineyards surrounding Santiago are tempting during Autumn (March until May) when the Vendimias wine harvesting celebrations take place in the glow of crimson and gold-hued foliage. The colder winter months (June to August) are ideal for skiing in the pristine Andean slopes of Valle Nevado, or in the glacial hinterland of southern Patagonia. Bursts of rain and sunny days in spring awaken a deluge of wildflowers across the country, and a huge variety of wild animals are easier to spot in the national parks with fewer visitors to disturb them.

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Real Latin America Experts

  • Chris Rendell Dunn
    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert

    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

  • Lina Fuller
    Lina Fuller - Travel Expert

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

  • Paul Winrow Giffen
    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

  • Sophie Barber
    Sophie Barber - Travel Expert

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

  • Kathryn Rhodes
    Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert

    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

  • Hannah Waterhouse
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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