Chile is a land of extremes: from the arid lunar landscape of the Atacama Desert in the north, to the mountains, fjords and glaciers of the south, with fertile valleys, lakes and volcanoes in between. This incredibly long, incredibly narrow, country, nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains, which run down the entire length of the country, boasts diverse landscapes, abundant wildlife, pristine wilderness, world-class wines, and some of the best star-gazing opportunities in the world.
Much of northern Chile is desert. Here, in one of the driest deserts on earth, you will find clear skies, wildlife, culture, and ancient ruins. Visit the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), the Tatio geyser field, Atacama Salt Flats, and beautiful blue lagoons.
Central Chile is a temperate region, with fertile valleys allowing the production of world-class wines, such as the Maipo Valley just south of Santiago. After touring the vineyards, head to the coast to explore the port city of Valparaíso, and then relax on the beaches at Viña del Mar.
In the south, the Lake District is a great option for a self-drive trip, with its wonderful green landscapes, pristine lakes and rivers, evergreen forests, wilderness reserves, and snow-capped volcanoes. The Chiloé Archipelago is home to some of Chile’s last 'palafitos', distinctive wooden houses on stilts, once the dwelling of choice for most of Chile’s fishermen.
Head down the Carretera Austral, one of the world’s most isolated and scenic highways, into Patagonia. Go trekking in Torres del Paine, with its granite peaks, forests, lakes, waterfalls, glaciers, abundant wildlife (including guanacos and pumas) and spectacular hiking trails.
Rapa Nui (Easter Island), off the coast of Chile, is the most isolated inhabited island in the world, famous for its 800+ moai, monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people.
Wherever you go in Chile, you are sure to find welcoming, hospitable people.
OUR CHILE HIGHLIGHTS
A five-hour flight from Santiago out into the Pacific, you'll reach Easter Island where there are monolithic sculpted stone statues (moai) and they don’t disappoint. There are no ropes or fences so you can get up close to these colossal faces.
Resting in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean Coast Range, Chile’s vibrant, cosmopolitan, the capital city of Santiago is famous for its beautiful parks, a wealth of historical attractions, and exciting arts and music scenes.
San Pedro De Atacama
The small town of San Pedro de Atacama is a scenic oasis in the Atacama Desert, surrounded by the imposing volcanic peaks of the Chilean altiplano and located close to several major archaeological and natural attractions.
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SAMPLE CHILE ITINERARIES:
Santiago / San Pedro de Atacama / Puerto Varas / Punta Arenas / Torres del Paine National Park
Experience the magic of the Atacama Desert, the serenity of the Chilean Lakes, and the beauty of Torres del Paine National Park, all in one package.
CHILE IN LUXURY
Santiago / Chiloe Island / Puerto Varas / Torres del Paine National Park / Maipo River Valley
Explore Chile in luxury, staying at some of the best hotels the country has to offer, and enjoying a variety of guided excursions along the way. Spend time on Chiloe Island and in the Lake District, Patagonia, and the wine valleys.
TREKKING & CRUISING IN CHILE
Santiago / Torres del Paine National Park
A wonderful combination of hiking (and other activities) in Torres del Paine National Park, followed by a cruise around the fjords and glaciers of Chilean Patagonia.
Santiago / Putre / Arica / San Pedro de Atacama / Valparaíso / Casablanca Valley
Explore the altiplano in the far north of the country, with its high altitude lakes and snow-capped volcanoes; the salt lakes and eerie rock formations in the Atacama Desert; and the quirky coastal town of Valparaíso. End this 2 week trip with some wine tasting in the fertile central valley.
Adventure, culture, family
GMT- 3 hours
When to go:
November to April
Arturo Merino Benítez (SCL)
15 hours approx
Some are recommended or required by the Centres for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
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