Chile - from the world's driest desert to stunning glaciers

25 March 2020

Chile’s unique ribbon-like shape gives it a hugely varied climate. This ranges from the world’s driest desert – the Atacama, through to a Mediterranean climate in the centre, and an Alpine climate in the south, complete with glaciers, fjords and lakes.

Best time to visit Chile
Chile’s climate varies dramatically from north to south, with stark changes in temperature from summer to winter. Overall, the best time to visit is in the summer, between September and March.

Recommended length of stay: Stay at least two nights at each of Chile’s major attractions, or combine with Argentina for a multi-centre adventure

Local currency: Chilean Peso (CLP)


Top three experiences

Explore Torres del Paine, Patagonia
A beautiful park of mountain peaks, lakes and glaciers, Torres del Paine is a true hiking paradise. For a truly stunning view, stay in one of the lodges within the park – perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring.

Visit the world’s driest desert, Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama is a truly unique destination with geysers, moon valleys and salt lakes. Discover out-of-this-world landscapes, quaint little hotels made of adobe, and great restaurants.

Taste Chilean wines, Maipo Valley
Head south of Santiago’s city centre to discover the gorgeous vineyards of the Maipo Valley, which feature varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere and Syrah.


Where would you like to visit on your next adventure? Contact your local Travel Counsellor for a tailor-made holiday, or read our Authentic Encounters brochure for more inspiration.

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