Torres del Paine over Pehoe Lake in Chile

Chile Holidays

There’s something to capture the imagination in any direction. For those looking to discover the extraordinary, we can immerse you in windswept Patagonia or take you to the mysterious Easter Island.

It is a joy to travel from the Atacama Desert in the north to Torres del Paine National Park in the south and admire the vast diversity of the country’s wild landscapes.

Accommodation and food are far from wild, and there are some fantastic options even in isolated areas. From the moment you step off the plane, Chile has a warm European feel which is instantly reassuring and a great start to your holiday in Chile. The streets of Santiago have a familiar atmosphere until you look up and see the snow-capped peaks of the Andes. Travel outside Santiago, and you are transported into a world of stark contrasts which cannot fail to stimulate the senses – the scenery is incredible.

Carretera Austral, Cerro Castillo, Patagonia, Chile
Carretera Austral, Cerro Castillo, Patagonia, Chile

Landscapes of Chile

At 4,290 kilometres long, Chile is the longest country in the world, stretching from the harsh environment of the Atacama Desert at the top, some parts of which have not seen rain for years, to the dramatic peaks, fjords and windswept wilderness of Patagonia at the bottom.

In between, you can find dense forests, crystal clear lakes, superb fishing and vineyards – a trip to Chile offers nothing if not variety.

Explore Chile

  • Atacama Desert
  • Chilean Winelands
  • Easter Island
  • Chilean Patagonia

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Our experts have created and curated these tailor-made Chile holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something that is the spark for your unique adventure.


Choose from our collection of curated experiences that will help us to create a bespoke and memorable journey for you.

Houses and Harbour, Chiloe Island, Chile

Journey to Chiloe Island

Discover this island of huge cultural and historical interest, keeping a keen lookout for the resident whales and penguin colonies that thrive off its shoreline.

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Osorno Volcano, Lake District, Chile

Self Drive the Lake District

Explore this majestic region by car, experiencing the freedom that comes with having road access to remote lakes, verdant forests, and other off-the-beaten-track locations.

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Pouring Red Wine

Taste Chilean Cuisine

Sip wines from local vineyards and sample fresh local dishes from market stalls.

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Casa Real, Bodega, Vina Santa Rita Vineyard, Maipo Valley, Chile

Vineyard Tasting Tour

Take an informative tasting tour at one of Chile’s finest vineyards and wineries, sampling varieties that include Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

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Spring in Winelands, Maipo Valley, Chile

Wineland Picnic Stroll

Embark on an afternoon stroll, bringing along a gourmet picnic and a bottle of wine from the local vineyard to indulge in beneath the shade of a tree.

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Vineyard Path, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Biking the Wine Country

Hop on a mountain bike and join a lightly-trodden trail through the foothills and endless grape fields.

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Horse riding, Winelands, Chile

Horse Riding in the Wine Valleys

Travel through undulating landscapes and past bountiful vineyards on horseback, perhaps with a gourmet packed lunch and bottle of red in the saddlebag.

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Artilleria Funicular Railway, Valparaiso, Chile

Ride a Funicular

Travel on one of Valparaiso’s old funicular elevators, which run up and down the 40 hillsides upon which the city is perched.

Puma, Torres del Paine, Chile

Puma Tracking in Torres Del Paine

Explore the windswept wilderness of Patagonia in the company of an expert tracker, searching for elusive puma beneath a Paine Massif backdrop.

Guanacos, Torres del Paine, Chile

Hike Torres del Paine

Trek amongst granite peaks in one of South America’s wildest places, Torres del Paine National Park.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Hotel Casa Higueras £££££

  • Chile

Perched on an impressive hillside vantage point that overlooks the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valparaiso and its bay, Hotel Casa Higueras is a former 1920s mansion house turned charming boutique hotel. Hidden behind a simple façade on an unassuming street, the property houses an elegant lounge and a magnificent roof terrace restaurant that affords diners with panoramic views over Plaza Anibal Pinto.

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Lakutaia Lodge £££££

  • Americas - South
  • Wilderness

Lakutaia Lodge is the southernmost hotel in the world, located at Puerto Williams on Navarino Island. The lodge has 24 comfortable rooms as well as a restaurant serving Chilean wines and regional food. The hotel has kayaks, bikes and offers horse riding too as well as many fishing and trekking options. Daily excursions include flights over Cape Horn, walking in Omora Ethno-Botanical Park, sailing in Wulaia Bay Tierra del Fuego and bird watching at Gusano Beach.

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Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa £££££

  • Chile
  • Wilderness

Overlooking Lake Sarmiento and the majestic granite towers of Torres del Paine National Park, Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is a native lenga wood structure that rises discreetly from the earth at the “End of the World”. Subtly weaved in to the encompassing landscape, the property boasts a truly spectacular aromatherapy spa with a heated pool that enjoys panoramic views through glass walls, and features an enormous open plan lounge and Patagonian restaurant that overlooks the same wild landscape through wall-to-wall windows.

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Hotel Antumalal £££££

  • Chile

Concealed within a remarkable 14-acre private park, Hotel Antumalal is a boutique property that benefits from its own private beach and staggering panoramic views over Lake Villarrica. Sculpted from native rock, the on-site spa offers an indoor-outdoor heated swimming pool, a spacious sauna with lake views and a hydro massage pool.

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Explora Atacama £££££

  • Chile
  • Wilderness

Designed to blend seamlessly with the colours and materials of the desert, Explora Atacama combines contemporary architecture with old stable yard-style accommodation blocks. Its 50 rooms, each accessed by crossing an original stone courtyard, are all at once authentic and comfortable in feeling, boasting large copper tubs, cosy handcrafted blankets, local materials and hand-selected furnishings. With views that range from the private stables to grazing paddocks to the milky pink volcanoes on the horizon, the surrounding landscapes ensure nights of deep and restful sleep after long days of exploration.

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Hotel Puelche £££££

  • Chile

Hotel Puelche is a mountain-style property situated in a stunning location just a short walking distance from the charming city of Puerto Varas. The Hotel is a great base from which to explore the local Lake District area and has incredible views of Lake Llanquihue and Volcano Osorno. Rooms at Hotel Puelche come equipped with en suite facilities. There is a spa with a sauna, plus a dining room, bar and living room which is beautifully furnished in local wood and stone.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Bird

Combining the arid Atacama Desert and iconic Torres Del Paine National Park in Patagonia, the dramatic contrasts of its landscapes make Chile one of Paul’s most treasured travel destinations.

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Rachael Tallents

Adventure, discovery and my curiosity for people and the natural world is what drives my love of travelling.  I am grateful for my parents’ desire to explore, and from an early age my eyes were open to diverse landscapes, cultures, and underwater worlds.

For the last 16 years, I have worked for a leading luxury tour operator designing incredible journeys for discerning clients and travelled to some magical places. I am excited to have joined Steppes Travel, and to be working for a company with such strong ethical and sustainable values.

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