Chile in February: Beach Fun in Summer Weather

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From the historical attractions of Valparaiso and the stunning natural beauty of Torres del Paine to the glacial fjords and rainforest of Patagonia, Chile has a lot going for it. The southernmost country in the world. Chile occupies a long strip of land between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. Here you will find beaches, deserts, rainforests, and mountains. In other words, there is no shortage of exciting places to visit in Chile. And if you are traveling to Chile in February, all the better. This is one of the best times to visit the country, as the long summer days provide the ideal weather for outdoor activities, surfing, and relaxing on the beach.

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Chile Weather in February

Neptune's Terrace Fountain on Santa Lucia hill in Santiago, Chile.
Chile experiences hot daytime temperatures and cool evening temperatures in February.

The weather in Chile in February is hot during the day and cooler at night. Santiago, the capital city, can be quite hot, with average daytime temperatures of 29°C. The coastal city of Valparaiso is much cooler, where the average temperature is pleasant at 20°C. Patagonia can also be quite cool around this time, but be prepared to experience the summer winds. With so many micro-climates in Patagonia, it is best to pack a lot of layers. In the Atacama Desert, temperatures during the day are usually around 30°C. The region also experiences sudden rain and storms during this month.

For a more seasonal overview, check out our guide on the best time to visit Chile.

Weather in Chile in February - Rainfall and Temperatures

Jan Feb Mar
Avg Daily (°C) 30 29 27
Avg Nightly (°C) 11 11 9
Avg Daily (°F) 86 85 81
Avg Nightly (°F) 52 52 49
Avg Rainfall (mm) 10 10 10

Why Visit Chile in February

A tourist girl enjoying the water waves at Topocalma beach in Chile.
You will love the beach weather when you travel to Chile in February.
A woman hiker with stretched arms with Chilean mountain on background.
You will love hiking with the pleasant weather in Chile during February.

Pleasant weather conditions make February one of the best times to visit Chile. Beautiful summer weather is also a harbinger of spectacular natural beauty. There are many places you can go and things you can do in Chile in February. Here are the top reasons to visit Chile in February:

  • Outdoor activities: February is a good time to enjoy many outdoor activities, such as horseback riding, skydiving, zip-lining, and white-water rafting in the Lake District. If you enjoy hiking and trekking, head over to Patagonia, which is a mecca for adrenaline junkies.
  • Beaches fun: If you are looking for a relaxing vacation, explore the stunning beaches of Chile. Chiloe Island is home to lush forests and the stunning Cole Cole beach. Valparaiso and Easter Island also have incredibly beautiful beaches.
  • Festival Costrumbrista Chilote: On Chiloe Island, the Festival Costumbrista Chilote features folk music, traditional foods, and culture. If you enjoy fireworks, head over to Valdivia for the Semana Valdiviana for maritime competitions and fireworks.
  • Festivals and events: The Tapati Rupa Nui festival on Easter Island offers a taste of the Polynesian culture, while the Carnaval in Putre is also a lot of fun, with dancing, music, and colorful decorations. February is also the month for the International Song Festival at Vina del Mar. It is one of the most popular music festivals in Latin America.

Where to Go and What to Do

Blue lake surrounded by green hills and snow-capped mountains
Holidays in Lake District mean you will get to unwind in one of Chile’s most serene and picturesque regions.

There are plenty of things to do in Chile in February, especially if you enjoy outdoor activities. Patagonia offers many enjoyable activities, like wildlife sightings, glacier tours, trekking, and hiking. The Lake District, meanwhile, attracts those who like to see waterfalls, volcanoes, stunning parks, and other natural spectacles. If you enjoy sunbathing, gorgeous beaches, and vibrant nightlife, head over to Vina del Mar. The Atacama Desert and Elqui Valley can be quite hot, but they boast mesmerizing landscapes.

Some of the popular destinations to visit in Chile include Santiago, the Lake District, Castro, Santa Cruz, and Vina del Mar. Visit Hidalgo Castle and La Moneda Palace, where the government is currently housed, to begin your journey in Santiago de Chile. Visit the Chilean Lake District to take in the views of the Osorno Volcano from Puerto Varas, then travel on to Puerto Montt to view the moving works of art at Casa del Arte Diego Rivera. Take a ferry to Castro and spend time with penguins there.

Head to Santa Cruz to check out the renowned Colchagua Museum, or enroll in a Vina MontGras wine brewing class. Explore the artistic port city of Valparaiso and the home of renowned Chilean poet Pablo Neruda on Isla Negra.

While Chile is known for its dramatic, unpredictable weather, February is generally pleasant throughout the country. Chile in February is all about enjoying the beaches, water sports, outdoor exploration, and attending the many festivals and events. Plan your trip in advance because this is the high tourist season when tourists from around the world flock to the country. Even though there are more people in Chile in February than in other times of the year, this is a great weather month for taking advantage of a variety of outdoor adventures in Patagonia, including breathtaking day hikes, difficult multi-day treks, glacier boat tours, and opportunities to see wildlife.

Other related articles:
Chile in January
Chile in March
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Published by Astha Joshi, updated on May 9, 2023

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