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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

Experiences

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

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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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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Taste Chilean Cuisine

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

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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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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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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 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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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 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.

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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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Frequently asked questions about Chile

Is it easy to self-drive in Chile?

Self-drive is a great option in many parts of Chile and we can suggest some fantastic routes to explore the lesser-known parts of the Central Valleys, the Lakes or the Aisen region. Most of the roads are in fairly good condition and it’s difficult to get lost in such a long thin country.

Is it possible to travel over the Andes?

Yes, cross between Chile & Argentina, it’s a great way to get close to some incredible mountain scenery. There are several different parts of the country where this is possible including from the Atacama Desert over to the North West of Argentina, from Santiago to Mendoza in the wine region of Argentina, across the lakes in the Lake District and from Torres del Paine National Park to El Calafate in Patagonia.

Any tips for handling the altitude in Chile?

Most of Chile is at sea level but in San Pedro de Atacama you will find high altiplano varying from 2,000 – 4,500 metres and a visit to the El Tatio Geysers should not be attempted on your first full day of arrival. Some people experience symptoms, whilst others have none at all and we advise visiting or contacting your GP before travel if you have any concerns.

What clothing should I take to Chile?

It is always best to pack light and while casual dress has become more acceptable in recent years, Latin Americans tend to devote great care to their clothes and appearance. A laundry service is available at most if not all hotels but when you are on the move quickly there is not always the time for laundry and you pay a premium for same-day delivery. Depending upon where you are travelling to in Chile this will dictate what is best to wear and you may find you need to pack for all eventualities weather-wise.

We find that a good fleece, waterproof jacket, layers and zip-off trousers work well for the chilly south and warm north. Shoes with ankle support such as hiking boots or cross trainers are also good for trekking. Aside from clothing a high factor suncream, insect repellent, hat, sunglasses, photocopy of your passport and swimming costume are good things to include.

What is the typical food and drink in Chile?

Seafood is very much on the menu in Chile due to its enormous coastline. Stew, mashed corn (humitas) and chicken pie also feature highly on the specials board. As with Peru, Pisco Sour is the national drink along with some fine Chilean wines.

When is the rainy season in Chile?

Generally May to October sees the rainy season and during this time it is possible to ski in The Andes outside Santiago. The south is generally cold with high rainfall throughout the year. The far north has a slightly different climate receiving some rain from December to March.

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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.

James Armitage

James has travelled down the length and breadth of this extraordinary country, but has found that his heart lies in the quiet and remote Carretera Austral, a stunningly wild and beautiful frontier part of the nation.

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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 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.

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