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Transposed to Western Europe, Chile would stretch from Norway to Tunisia, some 4,300km. A skinny coastal strip backed by the Andes mountain range, it has a variety of climate and landscape to match its changing latitudes. The country is proud of its arts and culture, producing world-famous poets and authors.

But it’s the awe-inspiring scenery that provides the greatest appeal: wildlife-filled countryside, from scorched volcano-dotted desert through fertile lake-land to a Patagonian wilderness strafed by enormous glaciers. This is a country of the great outdoors, and there is a range of activities on offer to match. The icing on the cake is fascinating Easter Island, a remote Chilean territory with a Polynesian culture two time zones away in the Pacific Ocean.

Following a history of upheavals, Chile is a peaceful and welcoming place with a good infrastructure and, in spite of the distances it is easy to get around, with excellent hotels, abundant fresh seafood and cheap, delicious wines.

Our insider tips for Chile


The first sight of the towering granite massif of Torres del Paine, it’s heaven-seeking spires and turquoise glaciers, in one of the most photogenic national parks in the world.

Sarah Beard

Exploring the back-roads of the deeply traditional island of Chiloe in the lake district, the tiny fishing villages with their wood-shingled churches and homes supported by stilts in misty bays and narrow creeks.


Discovering the Carretera Austral (Austral Road) in the most remote, fractured part of Patagonia, negotiating its lakes, hanging glaciers and forested fjords.

Alex Walker

The moment when, at dawn, the Tatio geysers in the Atacama Desert hiss, bubble and spit into life – worth the early start!


Sitting back at one of Chile’s world-famous vineyards, shafts of afternoon sunlight shining down, a glass of the best Cabernet Sauvignon on your hand.

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  • Client Comments

    The Atacama Desert.  An impressive place with friendly people.  The  Ahlarkapin Observatory trip was outstanding and a real highlight.

    PM, Redditch | August 2015 | 50 - 65
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    Most memorable experiences: "First sight of San Pedro. Hiring our own car and being alone with the flamingos on the salt lagoons. The Milky Way in the Atacama night sky. Chairlift through the mist on Osorno Volcano. Mountain and glacier views in Patagonia. Pisco sour with everything. The Chilean people - always ready to smile."

    DA, Northallerton | March 2015 | 65 and over | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    "A truly memorable trip all round because of the contrasts very difficult to pick the most memorable but Valparasio Casa Higueras we would have loved to have stayed longer and in Vina del Mar."

    DS, Chesham | February 2015 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
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    "Patagonia, the scenery and wildlife, getting up close to a glacier, Easter Island fulfilling a childhood dream and much more, the perfect volcano, Osorno, the geology and flamingoes of the Atacama. Santiago and Buenos Aires both quite different but equally fascinating."

    EL, London | February 2015 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
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    "The three major parts, Atacama, Easter Island and Patagonia were all special in different ways."

    BM, Macclesfield | January 2015 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
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    "The visit was basically divided into three separate parts - self driving on the Carretera Austral, the ferry cruise which I arranged separately, and the visit to Tierra Patagonia. In their very different ways, all were excellent and memorable."

    TAK, Ilkley | December 2014 | 65 and over | With Partner
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    Most memorable experience: "Sailing across the Magelllan Straits and getting off on Cape Horn. This was the key reason for my trip which was motivated by a dim and distant history lesson when I was 12 years old. To think that these treacherous waters were navigated and discovered by sailors in wooden boats over 500 years ago has always been a magical thought. Doing it in the comfort of 21st century luxury was a much better option for me but to think that I have walked in the footsteps of Magellan and later Darwin is quite something else."

    TEB, Grays | November 2014 | 35 - 50 | With Partner
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    Most memorable experience: "So much but probably Torres del Paine, breathtakingly beautiful and not crowded although it was the busiest part of the year. Also the friendliness of the people, and lack of hassle everywhere- the only place where there was a bit was in the fish market in Santiago, but even there it was very low key and the people were not at all pushy."

    MT, Henley-on-Thames | March 2014 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
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    "We have had two of the most memorable weeks in one of the world’s most varied geographical environments and the friendly Chilean people. Thank you JLA.”

    AK, Stoke Newington | June 2013
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    “Chile was AMAZING!!! We loved the country, the scenery and all the people we met. Glad we had warm clothes for the trip or we would have come unstuck in Atacama, especially when going to the geysers as it was minus ten degrees. As we approached the cruise time we wondered if we'd cope with the Zodiacs, but everyone was so helpful and safety conscious. The all-time highlight of so many on our holiday was, standing in silence at the Pia Glacier."

    RW, Cyprus | June 2013
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    "We have travelled a lot in our lifetime but nothing prepares you for the breadth of landscapes that you will encounter in Chile. We had three weeks there and felt we only scratched the surface."

    CM, Trowbridge | June 2013
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