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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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Browse our Chile holiday ideas.

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.

Experiences

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

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.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Biking the Wine Country

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

Suggested hotel

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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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.

Suggested property

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.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Taste Chilean Cuisine

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

Suggested Holiday Idea

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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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.

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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Horse Riding in Torres del Paine

Travel across verdant pampas and wide open steppe on horseback, walking or galloping in Andean saddles towards Paine Massif vantage points.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Where to Stay

Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.

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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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James put together what proved to be a fabulous itinerary in Chile. We were slightly concerned that with 11 flights in 3 weeks we might be overdoing it, but the experiences in each location more than justified the travel, and James's first-hand experience proved invaluable.

Destination: Chile
Travel Expert: James

I would especially mention the positive and really helpful advice of James, who even met with me to chat face to face before putting together a bespoke trip that really met all of our expectations. As a result, our time in Chile was a lifetime experience that will never be forgotten.

Destination: Chile
Travel Expert: James

What a fantastic trip to Argentina, Chile and Brazil superbly organised by James.

Destination: Argentina, Chile & Brazil
Travel Expert: James

Paul created an itinerary that perfectly suited our interests, and we were particularly impressed with the properties that he selected for us. Thank you for recommending we visit the Atacama Desert, which we hadn’t even thought of visiting, but which turned out to be the highlight.

Destination: Chile
Travel Expert: Paul

I can only say it was the most incredible adventure from beginning to end and every single day offered something totally new, exciting and different. All the accommodation was fabulous and again all very different and unique. Loved every moment of every day. You did a fantastic job putting it all together.

Destination: Chile
Travel Expert: Paul

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BirdLife International - Albatross Task Force

We support projects right across the planet. Explore below to see where and how we’re making a difference – in some cases, we can even arrange a visit as part of your tailor-made itinerary.

The objective of the Albatross Task Force is to reduce the bycatch of albatross and petrels in targeted fisheries, and ultimately improve the conservation status of threatened seabirds. The Steppes Fund for Change donation will fund the training of a bycatch mitigation expert, who will show fishing crews simple ways to protect the birds.

Read more about The Steppes Fund For Change

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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