Chile Holidays Overview

Our tailormade Chile holidays take you from the other worldly landscapes of the Atacama desert in the north to the breathtaking landscapes of Patagonia in the south. Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean Chile is a diverse and enchanting country. It is a great destination for walking holidays, adventure travel and of course wine tours . Our chile holidays also combine well with Argentina and Bolivia, ask our experts to find out how.

Chile Highlights

Hiking and sightseeing in Patagonia, the vast landscapes of the Atacama desert and its clear night skies. Wine tasting,

Tailor your Trip

  • Special photography guides are available in some places to help you get that perfect picture of the Atacama night sky, or Patagonia mountains.
  • Valparaiso is Chile’s arty, bohemian hang out and has some fascinating street art. It’s worth a visit in itself, or you can stay there instead of Santiago, flights depending.
  • In 2016 we are introducing the option of a hot air balloon flight over the Atacama. Breathtaking.

Combines well with

Argentina – go from Torres del Paine to El Calafate in Patagonia. Or from Santiago to Mendoza wine region. Or cross the lakes from Puerto Varas to Bariloche in the Lake District.

Bolivia – crossing from San Pedro de Atacama and over to the salt flats in Salar de Uyuni is a classic route. You can make it circular back to Chile or carry on to La Paz.

Antarctica and Falkland Islands – some Antarctica voyages depart from Punta Arenas including some fly-cruises. It is also the gateway to the Falkland Islands, often combined with South Georgia and Antarctica.

 

Essential Information

  • Time zone   - UTC -4
  • Currency   - Peso
  • Capital   - Santiago
  • International Airports   - Santiago

When to Visit

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Chile Holidays Facts

When to go

Chile has a large range of climates with desert in the north, Mediterranean conditions in the central region and damp and cool in the south. The best time to visit is spring (Sept-Nov) and autumn (March- April). Between June and September the heat in the northern part of the country is less intense. Rain can fall at any time of the year and the weather is changeable in the mountains.

If in doubt; be prepared for all weathers.

Language

Spanish

Currency

The local currency is the Chilean Peso. Travellers cheques can be difficult and expensive to change. ATMs are widely available and most large shops accept credit cards although there may be a charge.

Immunisations

You should visit your family doctor and check that you are up to date with your immunisations for typhoid, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A. There are no compulsory vaccinations for Chile at the current time. Vaccination requirements are subject to change. Check with your family Doctor.

Visas

Visa and entry requirements are subject to change and you should check with your consulate for the latest rules before you travel.

Make sure you have 6 months validity left on your passport before traveling to Chile. UK citizens do not currently require a visa to enter Chile as a tourist and are granted a 3 month stay upon arrival.

Time Difference

GMT -4 hours

Getting There

It takes around 16 hrs on average to reach Santiago from the UK. There are no direct flights from the UK, a change of plane is required in Europe, Brazil or the USA.

Chile Holidays Holiday Ideas

Browse our ideas for tailor-made Chile holidays including multi-country itineraries. Pick a standard itinerary or tell us about your likes, dislikes and must-dos and we will create your perfect trip. We don’t do set group departure dates, all of our trips can start on whichever date suits you best.

 

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Visit both sides of Patagonia and finish off with wine tasting in Chile on this stunning itinerary

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Fjords, glaciers and Cape Horn; explore the wild untamed coast of the tip of South America.

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Combine remote northern Chile with classic Machu Picchu on this interesting and adventurous route

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Atacama desert, lakes and Patagonia combine showcasing the best of Chile

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Explore this outpost of Chile with its strange giant statues

Chile Holidays Hotels

Prices start based on 3 star hotels. Browse our collection for more options and upgrade ideas.

Hotel Wara Copiapo, Chile

Luxury boutique hotel in the Atacama region of Chile. Visit dunes, coast and vineyards by day, then watch the sun go down over the sand dunes from your private terrace.

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Hotel Lago Grey Torres del Paine

An old favourite, Hotel Lago Grey is a reliable hotel in a beautiful setting.

Hotel Cumbre Puerto Varas, Chile

A fine hotel in the heart of Chile’s lake district. It overlooks the lakes and volcanoes that you come here to see and delivers high levels of service.

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Hotel CostAustralis Puerto Natales, Puerto Natales

Convenient 4 star hotel in Puerto Natales. Touches of natural materials make it feel cosy and homely despite it being a large hotel.

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Hotel Las Torres Torres del Paine
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Casa de Don Tomas San Pedro de Atacama

A low rise, natural looking hotel which is great base for exploring the magical Atacama desert.

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Hotel Cabaña del Lago Puerto Varas

the best hotel option by far in Puerto Varas.

Hotel Rugendas Santiago

A boutique hotel located in the exclusive El Golf neighborhood.

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Hotel Orly Santiago

A well located 3 star hotel close to restaurants and amenities. It has a classy, French touch which gives it plenty of character.

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Tierra Patagonia Torres del Paine

A spectacular and unique property facing the Torres del Paine. Explore by day and enjoy superb food and Chilean wine while watching the sunset over the towers.

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Tierra Atacama San Pedro de Atacama
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Patagonia Camp Torres del Paine
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Altiplanico de Atacama San Pedro de Atacama

Tucked away on a gentle stretch of land in the outskirts of San Pedro de Atacama.

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Puku Vai Easter Island

A perfect place from which to base your time in Easter Island.

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This really was the holiday of a lifetime and thanks to expedition leader Hannah and her fantastic team was  it was a magical experience. The scenery and wildlife were breathtaking and  the history of polar exportation, and my hero Sir Ernest Shackleton in particular was vividly, brought to life. To be able to follow his journey and pay my respects to him at his graveside in South Georgia was very emotional and something I will never forget.

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Lorraine Kelly Antarctica, , Antarctica, South Georgia and Falkland Islands March 2017

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