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Chile Holidays


Stretching over 2,500 miles and sandwiched between the imposing Andes Mountains and wild Pacific Ocean, Chile is a land of fascinating extremes. The dramatic landscape includes the world's driest desert, impossibly beautiful lakes and fjords, majestic snow-capped mountains and rolling vineyards.

The adventure for most people begins in the cosmopolitan city of Santiago, which is formed of many distinct neighbourhoods, each with their own characteristics. A short drive out of the city will bring you to vast vineyards and world famous wineries.

In the north of the country, the barren beauty of the Atacama Desert is a photographer’s dream with its ethereal dunes and lunar landscapes. To the south in Patagonia, be amazed by the towering granite peaks, turquoise lakes and vast glaciers of the Torres del Paine National Park, one of South America’s most famous attractions and a magnet for hikers, wildlife enthusiasts and anyone seeking solitude in the mountains.

Less wild but equally as stunning, the Chilean Lake District is a breathtakingly beautiful stretch of snow covered peaks, forest fringed lakes and charming Alpine towns. More off the beaten track, yet easily accessible from the Lake District lies the fascinating fishing villages & UNESCO listed churches of Chiloé Island.

Far out in the Pacific, lies the enigmatic Easter Island which is utterly isolated and like nowhere else on earth.

Chile will fascinate, amaze and excite you all in one day and Trailfinders can help create your perfect tailormade Chilean adventure.

OUR HOLIDAYS TO CHILE

Classic Chile
Private Tour
13 days / 12 nights

Discover the contrasting landscapes dramatic scenery and Chile's unimaginable beauty on this classic journey.
Easter Island Extension
Private Tour
4 days / 3 nights

Discover this truly unique island, known as Rapa Nui to its Polynesian inhabitants, with its stunning scenery and intriguing history.
Chile Road Trip: Lake District Discovery
Fly Drive Holiday
10 days / 9 nights

Hit the road and explore Chile’s stunning Lake District. Snow-capped volcanoes and shimmering lakes dot this magical landscape.
The Best of Patagonia
Private Tour
16 days / 15 nights

Showcasing the best of the spectacular and wild landscapes of Patagonia, this tour includes Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park and the huge Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina.
Vineyards, Valleys & Volcanoes
Private Tour
9 days / 8 nights

Explore Chile’s central and northern highlights from the coast to the magnificent wine valley and the spectacular Atacama Desert.
Discover Chile
Guided Small Group Adventure Tour (Adventure)
13 days / 12 nights

From the moon-like landscapes of the Atacama Desert in Chile’s far north, to the towering peaks of Torres del Paine National Park in deepest Patagonia, this tour showcases Chile’s highlights in a fast paced itinerary.

WHERE TO GO IN CHILE

Chile map
Tall city buildings sit against snow-capped Andes in the distance on a crisp, clear day, Chile in the capital city of Santiago de Chile
Santiago
Chile’s capital is a sprawling cosmopolitan city with a dramatic backdrop of snow-capped Andes Mountains. At the heart of the city in the downtown area is the Plaza de Armas, a leafy square bordered by historic buildings. The surrounding neighbourhoods include arty Lastarria with European style architecture, lively Bellavista and upmarket Providencia which offers a good selection of restaurants.
Many rainbow coloured houses sit on a hillside dotted with green trees in the city of Valparaiso with the Pacific Ocean in the distance, Chile
Valparaiso
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valparaiso has a distinctly bohemian feel and has long been the home of choice for writers, painters and musicians. Brightly coloured houses cling to the steep hillsides and the narrow streets are best explored by foot or by the network of funicular railways.
On a clear, blue sky day, a vineyard of low, green uniformed vines lies in the foothills of rolling hills in the Colchagua Valley, Chile
Winelands
In the countryside south of Santiago are rolling hills of vast vineyards which are home to world-famous wineries. Many of the estates have opened their doors to visitors which will allow you to see how the wine is produced and to taste some of the different varieties. Some also offer accommodation allowing you to simply relax in a beautiful setting whilst enjoying views over the vineyards towards mountain peaks.
A dramatic red sky at sunset casts a glow over volcanoes Licancabur and Juriques and a foreground of brown rocks in the Atacama desert, Chile
Atacama Desert
Stretching for over 600 miles, the Atacama Desert is considered to be the driest desert on earth. This unique environment is full of contrasts, from white salt flats to turquoise lagoons and striking volcanoes to bubbling geysers. At sunset this lunar landscape becomes a kaleidoscope of colours from gold to purples, pinks and reds before the clear night skies lend themselves to some incredible star gazing.
Two mysterious, carved rock heads (Moai) stand at quirky angles in grass on Easter Island,  Chile
Easter Island
Located over 2,000 miles from the Chilean mainland this remote island is shrouded in mystery. Hundreds of giant stone Moai statues are dotted about the island and their origin is still largely unknown. The scenery here is stunning with a rugged coastline, brilliant blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and a volcanic landscape. This is a captivating destination and a trip to Easter Island is a once in a lifetime experience.
A herd of brown and white woolly llama are walking along a path away from a lake with snow-capped Villarrica volcano in the distance, Chile
Lake District
Brimming with lakes, sparkling rivers and dramatic volcanoes, the scenery of the Chilean Lake District is simply picture-perfect. This region is popular thanks to a wide range of outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking and birdwatching. Destinations here include fascinating Chiloe Island and the lovely town of Puerto Varas which has distinctive German architecture and a beautiful setting on the edge of Lake Llanquihue.
Huge white-blue stalactites are hanging from the roof of a cave reflecting the stunningly blue glacial water below at the Marble Caves, Aysen region, Chile
Aysén Island
Although the Aysén Region is one of Chile’s lesser visited destinations, it offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Stretching from the Lake District down to the small town of Villa O’Higgins, this vast and rugged Patagonian region is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. The landscape here is dominated by sparkling turquoise lakes and fjords, dramatic hanging glaciers and alpine forests which provide the perfect wilderness adventure.
Gentle waves are lapping on a glacial blue lake against a dramatic backdrop of craggy snow-capped, granite peaks in Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile
Torres Del Paine National Park
Experience the true majesty of nature in Chile’s most popular national park. Rugged and windswept landscapes blend seamlessly with the towering granite peaks of the Paine Massif, turquoise coloured lakes, waterfalls and striking glaciers. Walking trails through this breathtaking scenery range from short half day to full day hikes. Throughout the park be on the look out for wildlife including condors, guanacos and even pumas.

OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN CHILE

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa
4 plus star

San Pedro De Atacama

Situated in the Catarpe Valley and surrounded by the Salt Mountains, this superb property is designed to blend into this incredible setting. The Atacama is reflected throughout from the Andean building materials and gourmet cuisine made with local recipes to the indigenous guides who lead some of the fantastic excursions.
Le Reve Boutique Hotel
4 star

Santiago

This sophisticated; boutique hotel is located in the heart of Providencia, close to many restaurants and tourist attractions. The property occupies an elegant historic building and the style and décor is inspired by a small Parisian hotel. Luxurious furnishings and elegant décor create a rich environment where personalised attentive service and warm hospitality is a key focus with an honesty bar and complimentary midnight snacks available. During the warmer summer months, guests can enjoy breakfast in the garden patio. Each of the 28 guest rooms offers a sophisticated yet comfortable stay, combining modern amenities with classic French design.
Hotel Terraviña, Colchagua Valley
3 plus star

Vineyards & Winelands

Boasting a stunning Andes Mountain backdrop, the family run Hotel TerraViña offers a serene environment surrounded by its own vineyard. This property is approximately 3km from the centre of Santa Cruz with its historic museum and attractions; it is also just footsteps from the Laura Hartwig winery and popular Vino Bello restaurant. After a day exploring the Colchagua Valley with a wine tour or simply relaxing by the hotel pool, guests can take an evening stroll through the vineyards to one of the two neighbouring restaurants, where alfresco dining can be enjoyed under the stars. Each of the 19 guest rooms is comfortable and tastefully decorated, benefitting from a balcony with splendid views across the vineyard.
Explora Patagonia
4 plus star

Torres Del Paine National Park

With an enviable location on the banks of the Salto Chicho waterfall, the views from this property of the Paine Massif are unbeatable. There is a pool, sauna and four open air Jacuzzis.
Hotel Casa Higueras
4 plus star

Valparaiso

Located in the heart of Cerro Alegre (Cheerful Hill) this property is ideally located to offer impressive views of the bay of Valparaíso. A 1920s mansion which has been converted into a charming boutique hotel, it offers a unique choice in Valparaiso with sophisticated interiors. Set amidst terraced gardens, the property boasts a lovely pool, open air Jacuzzi and spa, inviting guests to relax after a day of sight seeing. Contemporary cuisine specialising in local ingredients and seafood can be enjoyed at the Montealegre Restaurant, meanwhile the adjoining living area offers a cosy ambiance and an ideal spot for reading and relaxing, whilst enjoying the wonderful views of the bay. Alternatively, the roof terrace is the ideal spot to watch the sun set over Valparaiso and enjoy the slow appearance of hundreds of lights that illuminate the hills of the city. The 20 guestrooms are spread across 4 floors and offer contemporary décor and many enjoy views of the hills and bay.
Hotel Awa, Puerto Varas
4 plus star

Lake District

Perched on the shore of Lake Llanquihue and facing the Osorno Volcano, the Hotel AWA holds an unrivalled position surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Chilean Lake District. The hotel is of a modern design with the front of the building made completely of glass, ensuring every room in the property benefits from incredible views.

THINGS TO DO IN CHILE

Flavours of San Pedro
Approx 4 hours
  • Learn about the life of the Atacama people
  • Enjoy a meal with a local family

  • Santiago City Tour incl San Cristobal
    Approx 4 hours
  • Discover the historical significance of Government Palace
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the central highlights
  • Explore the bohemian quarter of Bellavista

  • Santiago Wine Tour
    Approx 5 hours
  • Sample local wines
  • Beautiful vineyards

  • Lake District By Bike
    Approx 4 hours
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Picturesque towns
  • Adventure

  • Kayaking in the Lake District
    Approx 9 hours
  • Stunning scenery of the Chilean Lake District
  • Kayak on beautiful waters

  • Antarctic Footprints of Punta Arenas
    Approx 4 hours
  • Follow in the footsteps of brave polar explorers
  • Ejnoy the city's spectacular coastline

  • When is the best time to visit Chile?

    Chile Climate Guide
    Atacama Desert

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    Top Tips From Our Experts

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Carrie Hawes

    On Easter Island, climb up Rano Kau, sit on the crater's edge as you look out to sea and I'll swear you can see the horizon curve. It totally reinforces that you are truly on one of the most remote places on the planet.

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Kerry Ann Govier

    Make sure you visit the magical Atacama Desert where you will find surreal scenery and some of the best stargazing in the world. Splash out on an all-inclusive hotel here to really make the most of your experience. These offer small group tours which are imaginative and avoid the crowds, allowing you to experience these stunning landscapes in the tranquility they deserve.

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Michelle Tachon

    Chile's scenery varies from mountains and lakes to deserts and beaches! One of the most fun ways to experience the great outdoors is to incorporate some active tours in your itinerary. Whether it's kayaking in the beautiful Lake District, hiking in the incredible Torres del Paine National Park or a cycling tour in Santiago there are lots of options for all interests and abilities.

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    Chile Fast Facts

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    Time Zone

    GMT
    -3 to -6 hours

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    Flight Time to Chile

    Approx
    14.5 hours

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    Recommended Immunisations

    Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio booster
    Hepititis A (vaccine recommended)
    Rabies
    Typhoid

    20% Discount off immunisations at our London Travel Clinic if you have booked your holiday with Trailfinders.

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    Trailfinders Travel Insurance

    Enjoy comprehensive cover in Chile from just €69 for 7 days with our superb value Single Trip Travel Insurance.

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