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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 holidays to Chile

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Torres del Paine Chile

Self-drive Patagonia: The open road to Torres del Paine

20 days from £5396pp

Signature Patagonia: Glaciers of Chile and Argentina

Signature Patagonia: Glaciers of Chile and Argentina

17 days from £4309pp

Pato Andino

Pato Andino: Panorama of the Andes

20 days from £3188pp

Hiking in Torres del Paine National Park

Active Chile: Hiking, cycling and kayaking in the lake district and Patagonia

13 days from £3001pp

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Time difference

GMT -4 hours.

Key events

Tapati festival, Easter Island: normally during the first 2 weeks of February with traditional music, dance and sports.

New Year’s Eve, Valparaiso: impressive firework displays.

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Our insider tips for Chile


David Nichols

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.


Jack Brooker

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.

Alex Walker

Alexandra Walker

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

What our experts say

With the haste of getting from A to B in linear Chile - maybe from the deserts of Atacama down to the lake district or Patagonia - the valleys in Central Chile are oft-overlooked  and visitors tend to ignore the small winding roads of this fertile region. The best way to explore is by self-drive hire car: advisedly at a slow pace, where you would be rewarded with fantastic views of hidden lakes, valleys or small villages tucked in little corners, offering you a glimpse on the local way of life. I love to travel this way, stopping at the small handicraft markets or fruit stalls along the way and then going for a stroll in this peaceful, fruitful landscape. 

Mary Anne

Mary Anne Nelson

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