Long and slim, Chile spreads down a coastal strip of South America between the Pacific and the Andres. Spanning half the length of a continent in the process, encompassing the earth’s driest desert and the largest glacial fields outside the poles. But what the country may lake in breadth, it sure makes up for in the depth of experiences to be had. From the remote and utterly beautiful wilderness of the south, where national parks play host to dramatic mountains and sparkling glaciers. To the lunar landscapes of the Atacama Desert, with its bubbling geysers, dramatic sand dunes and turquoise lagoons.

Sprinkled in for good measure are cities such as Santiago, Chile’s cosmopolitan capital, while nearby coastal Valparaiso’s maze of cobbled streets and colourful buildings delights visitors. In the picturesque Chilean Lake District, majestic volcanoes and forest-fringed lakes await and far out at sea lies the mysterious and isolated Easter Island. The remote island is home to rugged coastlines and the giant Moai statues.

Top Recommendations

  • Trek under the sharp spires of Torres del Paine, South Americas Premier national park
  • Star gaze under the clear skies of the Atacama Desert
  • Ski in the powder-clad ski slopes of the Andes Mountains
  • Sample world-class wines from the numerous vineyards located in the Central Valley
  • Explore Santiago, the nation’s vibrant and cosmopolitan capital, home to art galleries, museums and the famous Cerro San Cristobal for panoramic views of the city
  • Venture to Easter Island and to Rapa Nui National Park, home to the mammoth Easter Island Statues

When to Visit

Chile stretches over 2,500 miles, encompassing many diverse landscapes and climates. Meaning the best time to visit varies by region and what you’re looking to do. In general, the best time to visit Patagonia and South is from November to March. However, it can also pay to visit in April, May and October when the trails are quieter. The north, home to the Winelands, Atacama Desert and Santiago are year-round destinations but enjoy warmer temperatures between October and April. While skiing is possible in June and August.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Santiago, Torres del Paine & the Atacama Desert.