Offering extremely diverse landscapes from dry desert to majestic mountains to enormous glaciers, a trip to Chile promises memorable experiences. Whether you are looking for the best places to visit in Chile or the top things to do in Chile, we have got you covered.
For first-time vacationers, we have also addressed some of the most frequently asked questions about Chile tours here. Start by learning how many days to spend in Chile and the best time to visit Chile. If we were to make a suggestion, we would say that visiting Chile in July is an excellent idea.
Watch the sunrise over the desolate salt flats of the Atacama Desert and stroll through Puerto Varas' lush rainforests with the snow-capped volcanoes looming above. Uncover the mysteries of Easter Island as you explore the many moai stone heads scattered around the beach and go to Rano Raraku, a volcanic crater. Find vivid turquoise lakes in Patagonia, and travel with your local tour guide to see rivers of emerald water gushing over the lava rock at the base of Osorno Volcano. Trek to the base of Las Torres for an incredible Patagonia hiking tour and take in the view of the Torres del Paine's soaring granite spires rising into the sky above you. There is a lot to discover in Patagonia, our guide on the top things to do in Patagonia might come in handy.
Top Destinations in Chile
Discover the highlights of Chile.
Hike the stunning trails in Patagonia
Patagonia is usually ranked as the top destination for hikers. Walk across the ice cap, climb volcanoes, and explore the granite pinnacles of Fitz Roy and Paine. Explore the famous W-trek or the Torres Del Paine Circuit. Let the beauty of Patagonia enthrall you on day treks or multi-day expeditions in Patagonia through rainforests or wind-whipped grasslands. View Tours
Stargaze in Atacama Desert
The Atacama Desert spreads over northern Chile in the forms of scorching salt flats, desolate beaches, and sharp clumps of vibrant cacti. Explore the Valle de la Luna and Valle de Marte, marvel at the sputtering geysers in the Tatio Geyser field, and see wild flamingos in the Chaxa Lagoon. Thanks to its unique confluence of atmospheric conditions, the Atacama has recently developed into a major international "Astro-tourism" destination. View Tours
Unravel the Mysteries of Easter Island
Discover Easter Island's distinctive natural and cultural heritage. This part of Chile, sometimes called Rapa Nui, was created from volcanic rock 2.5 million years ago and has a wide variety of unusual plants, animals, and sceneries. The island is best known for its Moái statues, enormous, unique humanoid stone sculptures. View Tours
What to do in Chile
Read all about the top things to do in Chile.
Things to Do in Chile
From Santiago's rich cultural scenes and Valparaíso's fascinating art to overwhelming wilderness in Patagonia and imposing natural monuments like Los Pingüinos Natural Monument, the number and variety of things to do in Chile are good reasons ...Read more
Carretera Austral: The Ultimate Road Trip in Chile
The Carretera Austral, also known as Chile’s Route 7, is the country’s most challenging and yet wildly beautiful road trip. Stretching 1,240 km through Chile, from Puerto Montt to Villa O’Higgins in Patagonia, the route takes you through ...Read more
Top 8 Things to Do in Chile’s Lake District
While most people are familiar with Patagonia in the South of Chile, far fewer are acquainted with Chile’s Lake District. Greener and less rugged than its Patagonian counterpart, the Lake District is bathed in vivid green and peppered with brilliant ...Read more
When to visit Chile
Read the below travel guides to find the best time to visit Chile.
- Jan Avg Daily: 30 ° C Avg Nightly: 11 ° C
- Feb Avg Daily: 29 ° C Avg Nightly: 11 ° C
- Mar Avg Daily: 27 ° C Avg Nightly: 9 ° C
- Apr Avg Daily: 23 ° C Avg Nightly: 7 ° C
- May Avg Daily: 18 ° C Avg Nightly: 5 ° C
- Jun Avg Daily: 15 ° C Avg Nightly: 3 ° C
- Jul Avg Daily: 15 ° C Avg Nightly: 3 ° C
- Aug Avg Daily: 16 ° C Avg Nightly: 4 ° C
- Sep Avg Daily: 18 ° C Avg Nightly: 5 ° C
- Oct Avg Daily: 22 ° C Avg Nightly: 7 ° C
- Nov Avg Daily: 25 ° C Avg Nightly: 9 ° C
- Dec Avg Daily: 28 ° C Avg Nightly: 11 ° C
Best Time to Visit Chile
From the fields of Patagonia, the ones that influenced Bruce Chatwin, to the endless mystery of the Easter Islands, there are a million things for you to do in Chile, an ecologically diverse country that has been a surprise to travelers for centuries. One ...Read more
Chile in October: Spring Weather and Easter Island
If you want to tour Chile in October, there are plenty of reasons why this is a great time for your trip. October falls under spring season in Chile, which is the end of the low season, meaning there are fewer tourists around at this time of year. You can ...Read more
Chile in April: All You Need to Know
April is the start of the low season in Chile, which means that attractions will be quieter with fewer tourists around. As you might expect, the weather is not quite as nice as at other times of year in the low season, but there are still plenty of reason ...Read more
Chile at a Glance
Quick facts about Chile.
Chile’s capital city, Santiago, is now a bustling town filled with upscale restaurants and hotels. With so many museums and theaters, it serves as the cultural and political center of the country. Santiago is also the only city in the world where it is possible to ski in the majestic Andes mountains and enjoy a relaxing time in the Pacific Ocean on the same day.
Chile is a long, narrow nation extending along South America's western frontier with a land area of 756,950 km² and over 6,000 km of the Pacific Ocean coastline. Chile’s reliable and inexpensive bus (Micros) and train systems and internal flights make exploring this large nation easy and comfortable.
+56 is the country code for Chile when making a call from another country. Follow the country code with an area code, such as 32 for Valparaiso.
The official currency of Chile is the Chilean Peso (international code: CLP; symbol: $). Luxury hotels might accept American dollars, but you have to use local currency for everything else. Although they are widely available, ATMs and currency exchange booths frequently have exorbitant fees. Mastercard, Visa, and American Express cards are accepted almost everywhere.
Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, also known as Santiago International Airport, is Chile's primary international airport and serves both domestic and foreign travelers. It is situated in Pudahuel, 10 kilometers from Santiago. Code: SCL Closest City: Santiago
Visas are not required for most nationalities visiting Chile for vacation. But it is always a good idea to check the country’s visa policy. If you require a visa, apply in advance at the Chilean diplomatic mission in your country. We advise researching the travel advisories for your country before making travel arrangements to Chile.
The official language of Chile is Spanish with a unique Chilean accent. Chile, however, has 15 different dialects that could be classified as separate languages. English is widely used around here. A few key local phrases and words from the language can be quite helpful. Start with the standard local salutation, "Abrazo", and learn a few other words like Wéon (for “hi”) and Hola (for “hello”).
The phone numbers to contact in case of emergency are 133, 131, and 132 for the police, an ambulance, and the firefighters, respectively. You can also dial 911, which is the general emergency line.
Adding "-ito/a" to the end of a phrase or name is a very popular way to express affection in Chile. For instance, you might refer to your son Juan as Juanito.
How long to stay in Chile
Read about the ideal duration to stay in Chile.
Great Chile Itineraries: How Many Days to Spend?
Chile is a travel destination unlike any other. The slender country runs from north to south and features all kinds of landscapes including glacier-filled Patagonia in the south, the stony terrain of the Atacama Desert in the north, the lakes and volcanoe ...Read more
One Week in Chile: Our Recommendations
Although we recommend a two-week Chile itinerary to cover the country’s main highlights, travelers intending to spend just an extended weekend or one week in Chile don’t have to be disappointed. With careful planning and prioritization, even v ...Read more
10 Days in Chile: Our Recommendations
While a minimum of two weeks is ideal for a Chile tour, if you have less time, there’s still so much you can pack into a shorter trip. With proper planning – and around 10 days in Chile at your disposal – many exciting options are availa ...Read more
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FAQs for Chile
Read the most frequently asked questions and answers about traveling to Chile below.
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Sustainable travel — How to travel through Chile responsibly
In line with Bookmundi’s vision, we wish to provide our travelers with a sustainable travel experience throughout Chile. As part of this effort, we carbon offset any Chile tour that you purchase through us. You can read more details about our carbon offsetting efforts here.
Here’s what you can do to travel to Chile more responsibly:
- Carbon offset your trip to Chile via Emirates. The moment your tour starts in Chile, and if you have purchased your tour through Bookmundi, we will carbon offset your tour from its beginning point to its ending point.
- While you are in Chile, you can make a small donation to NGO Regenera, an NGO with over 20 years of commitment to sustainable tourism development in Chile and South America.
- Tourists can opt to stay in green hotels and travel by foot or by electric buses to minimize pollution due to transport. Avoid lighting campfires in the wilderness, using refillable water bottles, and disposing of waste properly are a few other ways to reduce your carbon footprint in Chile.
Chile travel tips and insights
- Spanish is the primary language of Chileans. Even though most Chileans can understand and speak English, learning a few Spanish words will be helpful while you are there. (Nice to meet you - Mucho gusto, Thank you - Gracias, Welcome - Bienvenidas, Cheers! - Salud!)
- It is common to consume meat in Chile. Everything is welcomed and cherished, including beef, hog, chicken, and shellfish. However, the only meal that Chileans consume at night is an early supper.
- Despite the season you are traveling, the weather in Chile is prone to sudden changes. So, always be ready for extreme weather, such as strong winds, heavy rain, and snow.
- Be aware of pickpockets in the Vitacura, Las Condes, and Providencia neighborhoods in Santiago, the Chilean capital. While in crowded places, never leave your belongings unattended.
- There are various animal species that can be dangerous to hikers and there is also the risk of solo travelers getting lost. So, it is a good idea to either travel in groups or in company of an experienced guide in Chile.
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