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Holidays to Chile

Chile is a land of contrasts and immense beauty. This incredibly diverse country stretches for 4,300 km down the west coast of South America; from the desolate and dry Atacama desert in the north to the fjords and magnificent glaciers of Patagonia in the south.  It’s a haven for wildlife and nature lovers and for those wanting culture, history, outdoor activities and natural, unspoiled beauty. 

The variety of destinations in this unique country makes this the perfect place to plan a varied itinerary with a varied pace. It’s definitely not a case of one holiday suits all – there’s so much on offer that it simply must be tailor-made to ensure you get what you want, and get the most out of the destination.

Key highlights of Chile

  • Picturesque and varied scenery
  • The lunar landscape of the Atacama Desert
  • Photogenic scenery of Patagonia
  • Easter Island and the Rapa Nui National Park
  • Torres del Paine National Park, a nature lovers delight
  • The penguins of Isla Magdalena, off the coast of Punta Arenas
  • Pucon and the Chilean Lake District
  • Museums and fine dining in Santiago
  • Bohemian port town of Valparaiso, with its historic quarter
  • The Chilean winelands, particularly during harvest time
  • Penguins and churches of Chiloe Island
  • Stunning landscapes of Lauca National Park
  • Get away from it all and visit Robinson Crusoe Island

Activities in Chile

  • Trek the isolated landscapes of Patagonia
  • Kayak alongside immense glaciers
  • Swim in isolated lagoons
  • Visit the cosmopolitan city of Santiago
  • Tour some of Chiles finest vineyards
  • Navigate mountain biking trails in varied terrain
  • Stargazing in the world’s driest desert
  • Ski in the Andes
  • Experience an adrenalin rush while white-water rafting
  • Track pumas in the wilds of Patagonia
  • Visit isolated Easter Island and see the impressive moais
  • Cruise the Patagonian fjords
  • Enjoy some beach time
  • We could go on – there is so much you can pack in to your trip!

Best time to go to Chile

The nature of this long and tapered country means the best time to go is dictated by where you want to go. For more detailed information have a look at the best time to visit Chile page.

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popular holidays in Chile

Chile with Tierra hotels
Classic Chile in Style

Visit the contrasting landscapes of Chile; experience the Atacama desert, Chiloe Island and the jaw-dropping scenery of Patagonia and Torres del Paine.

Easter Island Holiday
Easter Island Holiday

Easter Island evokes a sense of wonder, its remote location, enigmatic statues, volcanic craters and Polynesian-inspired culture are all yours to explore.

Puma Tracking in Patagonia
Puma Tracking in Patagonia

Explore the beautiful landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park as you go in search of pumas and other wildlife.

Chile with Explora Hotels
An Explorer's Chile

From north to south, desert to glacier, with the bonus of Easter Island, you experience the rich variety that is Chile.

Kaweskar Cruise
The Ultimate Glacier Cruise

A rare opportunity to cruise through the fjords and channels of the Southern Ice Field to view immense glaciers, exploring on foot and by small boat for close-up views and observe flora and fauna.

Chile featured accommodation

Below you'll find some of our very favourite places to stay in Chile. However you can also see our full directory of properties by clicking the "All Places to Stay" button.

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facts and information

Time: GMT -4 hours

Flight time: There are direct flights from London Heathrow to Santiago, which operate 4 times a week and take 14 hours 40 minutes. The Chilean airline, LATAM, flies via Madrid.

Language: The official language is Spanish. but other local languages are also spoken. English is spoken quite widely.

Visas: Visas are not currently required for British passport holders staying for up to 90 days, who are issued with a ‘Tarjeta de Turismo-Tourist Card’ on arrival. You must retain this and present it to immigration on departure.

Health: Generally none is compulsory but we recommend the following: hepatitis A and B, typhoid, diphtheria, meningitis, tetanus, rabies and polio. There is no malaria in Chile. A yellow fever certificate is required if you are coming from an infected area.



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