Unique things to do in Chile
From the Atacama Desert in the north to the windswept icy landscapes of Patagonia in the south, Chile offers some incredible adventures, stunning sights and memorable things to do.
When to go to Chile
Chile is a year-round destination for most of the central and northern parts of this long and narrow country. However, if you’re going to Patagonia and the south the warmest weather and easiest access is from about October to March. But perhaps you like snow, few other tourists and don’t mind difficult travel, in which case even Patagonia is yours to explore even in the colder months!Read more
15 days from £6450pp plus international flights.
Visit the contrasting landscapes of Chile; experience the Atacama desert, Chiloe Island and the jaw-dropping scenery of Patagonia and Torres del Paine.
- Explore the desolate landscape of Patagonia's magnificent Torres del Paine National Park
- Stay on Chiloe Island, with its painted houses, wooden churches and penguin colonies
- Visit El Tatio geysers and the lunar landscape in Atacama
- Cruise along the Chaques archipelago
- Fantastic hiking, horse riding and mountain biking
- Take a city tour of historic Santiago and Valparaiso
- Enjoy a vineyard tour and wine tasting
Places to go in Chile
Read about the highlights of this incredible country in our short summary guides to the main places to go.View more
Atacama & the north
The Atacama Desert’s lunar landscapes, spouting geysers, centuries-old petroglyphs, desert-adapted wildlife and star-crammed skies are an unmissable experience.
Chilean Patagonia & Torres del Paine
Patagonia is a wild place of raw natural beauty as epitomised by photos of the jagged peaks of Torres del Paine, the sky-blue lagoons and gigantic glaciers.
Chilean Lake District
The picture-perfect scenery of the Lake District is its prime attraction to be enjoyed as you relax or while hiking, boating, biking or horse riding.
The line of gigantic moai gazing into the distance is the iconic image of Easter Island, a symbol of the island’s unique identity, inscrutable and mesmerising.
Places we love to stay in Chile
Here you’ll find a small collection of our favourite places to stay in Chile, though as an independent tour operator specialising in tailor-made holidays, we actually sell a much wider choice of Chilean properties than we show.View more
Puerto Montt or Puerto Natales
Explora Rapa Nui
Facts and information
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.
The official language is Spanish. but other local languages are also spoken. English is spoken quite widely.
GMT -4 hours
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.
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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Chile Tip to Toe
The one thing that everyone knows about Chile is that it is a long, thin country. Before I went a representative from one the lodges I was visiting showed me a map of the country superimposed over a map of Europe, with the northern tip of Chile amongst the fjords of Scandinavia while the southern toe rested against the desert of North Africa.
Ten top reasons to visit Chile
The west coast of South America is bordered by 4,300km of the glory that is Chile. Here you will find simply astonishingly beautiful and diverse landscapes, from arid desert and lush winelands to temperate rainforest and sparkling glaciers, an amazing diversity and richness of wildlife and a fascinating culture - plus some great food and excellent wine.
The Stars of Atacama
When my alarm went off at 3am, I found myself questioned my sanity as I forced myself out of the warmth of my cosy bed at Explora Atacama and stumbled around in the dark, gathering my camera and tripod before heading out.