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Chile

Chile Holidays


Stretching over 2,500 miles and sandwiched between the imposing Andes Mountains and wild Pacific Ocean, Chile is a land of fascinating extremes. The dramatic landscape includes the world's driest desert, impossibly beautiful lakes and fjords, majestic snow-capped mountains and rolling vineyards.

The adventure for most people begins in the cosmopolitan city of Santiago, which is formed of many distinct neighbourhoods, each with their own characteristics. A short drive out of the city will bring you to vast vineyards and world famous wineries.

In the north of the country, the barren beauty of the Atacama Desert is a photographer’s dream with its ethereal dunes and lunar landscapes. To the south in Patagonia, be amazed by the towering granite peaks, turquoise lakes and vast glaciers of the Torres del Paine National Park, one of South America’s most famous attractions and a magnet for hikers, wildlife enthusiasts and anyone seeking solitude in the mountains.

Less wild but equally as stunning, the Chilean Lake District is a breathtakingly beautiful stretch of snow covered peaks, forest fringed lakes and charming Alpine towns. More off the beaten track, yet easily accessible from the Lake District lies the fascinating fishing villages & UNESCO listed churches of Chiloé Island.

Far out in the Pacific, lies the enigmatic Easter Island which is utterly isolated and like nowhere else on earth.

Chile will fascinate, amaze and excite you all in one day and Trailfinders can help create your perfect tailormade Chilean adventure.

OUR HOLIDAYS TO CHILE

Classic Chile
13 days / 12 nights
from £4,162
  • Atacama Desert
  • Lake District
  • Torres del Paine National Park

  • Easter Island Extension
    4 days / 3 nights
    from £1,247
  • Fascinating history of the Moais
  • Beautiful views over the Pacific Ocean
  • Exploring the rugged landscape of this isolated island

  • Chile Road Trip: Lake District Discovery
    10 days / 9 nights
    from £2,049
  • Explore cosmopolitan Santiago with its diverse mix of neighbourhoods
  • Choose from many activities in vibrant Pucón
  • Be amazed by the beautiful Chilean Lake District

  • The Best of Patagonia
    16 days / 15 nights
    from £4,503
  • Buenos Aires
  • Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Lake District

  • Vineyards, Valleys & Volcanoes
    9 days / 8 nights
    from £2,407
  • Valparaiso
  • Colchagua Valley
  • Atacama Desert

  • Discover Chile
    13 days / 12 nights
    from £3,399
  • Two days of sightseeing in Torres del Paine National Park
  • See the bizarre landscapes of the Atacama Desert
  • City tours in Santiago, Puerto Montt and Valparaiso
  • Explore the beautiful Chilean Lake District

  • WHERE TO GO IN CHILE

    Chile map
    Santiago
    Santiago
    Chile’s capital is a sprawling cosmopolitan city with a dramatic backdrop of snow-capped Andes Mountains. At the heart of the city in the downtown area is the Plaza de Armas, a leafy square bordered by historic buildings. The surrounding neighbourhoods include arty Lastarria with European style architecture, lively Bellavista and upmarket Providencia which offers a good selection of restaurants.
    Valparaiso
    Valparaiso
    The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valparaiso has a distinctly bohemian feel and has long been the home of choice for writers, painters and musicians. Brightly coloured houses cling to the steep hillsides and the narrow streets are best explored by foot or by the network of funicular railways.
    Winelands
    Winelands
    In the countryside south of Santiago are rolling hills of vast vineyards which are home to world-famous wineries. Many of the estates have opened their doors to visitors which will allow you to see how the wine is produced and to taste some of the different varieties. Some also offer accommodation allowing you to simply relax in a beautiful setting whilst enjoying views over the vineyards towards mountain peaks.
    Atacama Desert
    Atacama Desert
    Stretching for over 600 miles, the Atacama Desert is considered to be the driest desert on earth. This unique environment is full of contrasts, from white salt flats to turquoise lagoons and striking volcanoes to bubbling geysers. At sunset this lunar landscape becomes a kaleidoscope of colours from gold to purples, pinks and reds before the clear night skies lend themselves to some incredible star gazing.
    Easter Island
    Easter Island
    Located over 2,000 miles from the Chilean mainland this remote island is shrouded in mystery. Hundreds of giant stone Moai statues are dotted about the island and their origin is still largely unknown. The scenery here is stunning with a rugged coastline, brilliant blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and a volcanic landscape. This is a captivating destination and a trip to Easter Island is a once in a lifetime experience.
    Lake District
    Lake District
    Brimming with lakes, sparkling rivers and dramatic volcanoes, the scenery of the Chilean Lake District is simply picture-perfect. This region is popular thanks to a wide range of outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking and birdwatching. Destinations here include fascinating Chiloe Island and the lovely town of Puerto Varas which has distinctive German architecture and a beautiful setting on the edge of Lake Llanquihue.
    Aysén Island
    Aysén Island
    Although the Aysén Region is one of Chile’s lesser visited destinations, it offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Stretching from the Lake District down to the small town of Villa O’Higgins, this vast and rugged Patagonian region is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. The landscape here is dominated by sparkling turquoise lakes and fjords, dramatic hanging glaciers and alpine forests which provide the perfect wilderness adventure.
    Torres Del Paine National Park
    Torres Del Paine National Park
    Experience the true majesty of nature in Chile’s most popular national park. Rugged and windswept landscapes blend seamlessly with the towering granite peaks of the Paine Massif, turquoise coloured lakes, waterfalls and striking glaciers. Walking trails through this breathtaking scenery range from short half day to full day hikes. Throughout the park be on the look out for wildlife including condors, guanacos and even pumas.

    OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN CHILE

    Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa
    San Pedro De Atacama
  • Dramatic setting
  • Spa
  • 6 pools
  • Restaurant & bar

  • Le Reve Boutique Hotel
    Santiago
  • Elegant, historic building
  • Honesty bar
  • Lovely garden patio

  • Hotel Terraviña, Colchagua Valley
    Vineyards & Winelands
  • Vineyard setting
  • Lovely pool
  • Restaurant

  • Explora Patagonia
    Torres Del Paine National Park
  • Wonderful location
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Horse riding
  • Restaurant & bar

  • Hotel Casa Higueras
    Valparaiso
  • View of Valparaiso Bay
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Roof terrace

  • Hotel Awa, Puerto Varas
    Lake District
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Incredible views
  • Restaurant & bar

  • THINGS TO DO IN CHILE

    Flavours of San Pedro
    Approx 4 hours
    from £170
  • Learn about the life of the Atacama people
  • Enjoy a meal with a local family

  • Santiago City Tour incl San Cristobal
    Approx 4 hours
    from £86
  • Discover the historical significance of Government Palace
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the central highlights
  • Explore the bohemian quarter of Bellavista

  • Santiago Wine Tour
    Approx 5 hours
    from £179
  • Sample local wines
  • Beautiful vineyards

  • Lake District By Bike
    Approx 4 hours
    from £143
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Picturesque towns
  • Adventure

  • Kayaking in the Lake District
    Approx 9 hours
    from £143
  • Stunning scenery of the Chilean Lake District
  • Kayak on beautiful waters

  • Antarctic Footprints of Punta Arenas
    Approx 4 hours
    from £99
  • Follow in the footsteps of brave polar explorers
  • Ejnoy the city's spectacular coastline

  • When is the best time to visit Chile?

    Chile Climate Guide
    Atacama Desert

    JAN

    21
    8h  4cm

    FEB

    20
    8h  3cm

    MAR

    20
    8h  1cm

    APR

    19
    8h  1cm

    MAY

    17
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    JUN

    16
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    JUL

    16
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    AUG

    17
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    SEP

    18
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    OCT

    20
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    NOV

    21
    9h  1cm

    DEC

    21
    9h  2cm
    Puerto Varas

    JAN

    19
    10h  7cm

    FEB

    19
    10h  8cm

    MAR

    17
    8h  11cm

    APR

    14
    6h  15cm

    MAY

    12
    4h  24cm

    JUN

    9
    3h  23cm

    JUL

    9
    4h  21cm

    AUG

    10
    5h  18cm

    SEP

    12
    6h  14cm

    OCT

    14
    8h  11cm

    NOV

    16
    10h  10cm

    DEC

    18
    10h  9cm
    Santiago

    JAN

    26
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    FEB

    25
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    MAR

    23
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    APR

    19
    7h  2cm

    MAY

    16
    4h  4cm

    JUN

    13
    4h  9cm

    JUL

    13
    4h  9cm

    AUG

    14
    5h  7cm

    SEP

    16
    6h  3cm

    OCT

    20
    7h  2cm

    NOV

    23
    9h  1cm

    DEC

    25
    10h  0cm

    Top Tips From Our Experts

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Carrie Hawes

    On Easter Island, climb up Rano Kau, sit on the crater's edge as you look out to sea and I'll swear you can see the horizon curve. It totally reinforces that you are truly on one of the most remote places on the planet.

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Kerry Ann Govier

    Make sure you visit the magical Atacama Desert where you will find surreal scenery and some of the best stargazing in the world. Splash out on an all-inclusive hotel here to really make the most of your experience. These offer small group tours which are imaginative and avoid the crowds, allowing you to experience these stunning landscapes in the tranquility they deserve.

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Michelle Tachon

    Chile's scenery varies from mountains and lakes to deserts and beaches! One of the most fun ways to experience the great outdoors is to incorporate some active tours in your itinerary. Whether it's kayaking in the beautiful Lake District, hiking in the incredible Torres del Paine National Park or a cycling tour in Santiago there are lots of options for all interests and abilities.

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    Chile Fast Facts

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    Time Zone

    GMT
    -3 to -6 hours

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    Flight Time to Chile

    Approx
    14.5 hours

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    Currency

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    Visa Required?

    £20 Off your visa service charge if you have booked your holiday with Trailfinders.

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    Recommended Immunisations

    Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio booster
    Hepititis A (vaccine recommended)
    Rabies
    Typhoid

    20% Discount off immunisations at our London Travel Clinic if you have booked your holiday with Trailfinders.

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    Trailfinders Travel Insurance

    Enjoy comprehensive cover in Chile from just £65 for 7 days with our superb value Single Trip Travel Insurance.

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    Climate for in
    Visa information given is given for British citizens holding a valid UK passport with at least 6 months validity remaining. Immunisation guidelines assume routine UK childhood immunisation has been given and will not apply to all situations. Medical advice should be sought. Your Trailfinders consultant will advise you of the specific visa and immunisation requirements for your trip.

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