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Introducing Chile

Chile is one of the most naturally and culturally diverse places in the world, stretching 2,500 miles across Andean peaks, dramatic coastline, and the otherworldly Atacama Desert. Along the way, you’ll find award-winning wineries in the Colchagua Valley and the bohemian enclave of Valparaiso—not to mention Santiago de Chile, one of South America’s most dynamic cities. 

When is the best time to visit?
Visit during Chile’s spring in September, October, or November to see the country come alive with color or during their fall, which happens March through May. Many attractions are closed during their winter season in July and August. Learn more

Where should I go in Chile?
Stargaze in the Southern Hemisphere’s clearest skies, ski or snowboard in the Andes, explore the iconic statues of Easter Island, explore the colorful streets of Valparaiso, watch the sunset over the dunes of the Atacama Desert, and soak in the deeply azure fjords where the mountains drop dramatically straight to the water. Learn more 

How many days do I need?
Travelers should really take their time and try not to rush through Chile. 10 days might even feel like too few, so if possible at least 2 weeks is best. Learn more

Getting Around in Chile
Chile is nearly 3,000 miles long, and most travelers use a combination of domestic flights and road transfers to maximize their time in the country. Fly between regions using major transport hubs (like Santiago and Atacama, for example), and then drive within any region you'd like to explore. Learn more

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Chile Tours & Itineraries

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Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) close to San Pedro de Atacama
Map of Wonders of Chile - 14 Days
Wonders of Chile - 14 Days

On this two week trip, you’ll visit many of the classic places that have made Chile an iconic country for travelers and mountaineers alike. You’ll journey to places like the Atacama Desert and the Patagonian glaciers as you discover a land of myths and mountains. You’ll also have the chance to stay in Santiago and Valparaíso to get a sense of Chile’s city life.

Atacama Desert, Chile
Map of Discover the Atacama Desert - 4 Days
Discover the Atacama Desert - 4 Days

Spend four days taking advantage of the natural beauty of the town and hinterlands of San Pedro de Atacama. Visit geysers, volcanoes, valleys and salt flats on this trip around the arid Chilean plateau and be wowed by the formidable grandeur of the Andes at every turn.

Patagonia's Torres del Paine National Park
Map of Patagonia & Atacama Desert - 10 Days
Patagonia & Atacama Desert - 10 Days

Explore regions on both ends of Chile's latitudinal spectrum with this 10-day itinerary. After getting a taste of Santiago, fly north to the Atacama desert—an oasis in the driest part of the world known for geysers, moonscapes, and starry skies. Then, fly all the way south to Patagonia's Punta Arenas, where you'll meet a penguin colony before finishing in Torres del Paine National Park for a range of activities and wildlife viewing.

Marble Caves
Map of Atacama Desert & Marble Caves Adventure - 7 Days
Atacama Desert & Marble Caves Adventure - 7 Days

On this itinerary, you'll get to experience the two most beautiful regions of Chile: the northern Atacama Desert and southern Patagonia. Your adventure begins in the capital city of Santiago, where you'll glean insight into the culture on a city tour. Then, it's off to the north and the otherworldly desert landscapes of Atacama. You'll visit geyser, lunar valleys, and even do some high-altitude stargazing. Finally, you'll head to Chile's unspoiled Patagonia region, where you'll visit one of the most unique sites on the continent: the marble caves of Lago General Carrera.

Panoramic view of Andean peaks and a mineral-rich lagoon in the Atacama region
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Hiking the Atacama Desert - 10 Days

This 10-day trip takes you through some of Chile's most dramatic high desert landscapes. Arrive in Santiago, then head to San Pedro de Atacama. Go stargazing in Cuchabrache, visit a traditional Indigenous village, explore the Atacama Salt Flat, and go hiking at Punta del Inca. Trek to Río Grande Village and explore the Altiplanic Lagoons, then hike through the Rainbow Valley and visit the Tatio Geysers before heading home.

Explore Santiago, Chile
Map of Santiago & Atacama Desert - 9 Days
Santiago & Atacama Desert - 9 Days

Immerse yourself in the colorful tiny town of San Pedro de Atacama and discover geysers, volcanoes, valleys, and salt flats amidst the arid Chilean desert. Lose yourself in the cosmopolitan city of Santiago, walk through its many squares, and marvel at the diverse architecture that makes this city a unique metropolis in Latin America all while being wowed by the grandeur of the Andes.

Make the Most of Your Time in Chile

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
Torres del Paine National Park
How Many Days to Spend in Chile

Spend 10 days in Chile, and you'll be glad you did: it's enough to experience some of the famously long coastlines, go wine tasting, and even venture down to the wilds of...

A pristine laguna in the Atacama Desert, Chile
Map of 1 Week in Chile - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
1 Week in Chile - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

If you have a week to spend in Chile, take advantage of your time and visit more than one region. Beginning in Santiago, venture to the Atacama Desert for stargazing, to the...

Mountain scenery and city life in Santiago, Chile
Map of 10 Days in Chile - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Chile - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days in Chile, you can enjoy a mix of relaxation and adventure on a highlights tour of Santiago, the Lake District, and Patagonia, while those looking to tick off the...

The Marble Caves of Chilean Patagonia
Map of 2 Weeks in Chile - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Chile - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

If you have two weeks in Chile, you can visit a range of diverse landscapes or focus your energy on one region, like Patagonia. Explore the natural wonders of Chile, from the...

Chile Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip
Mountains in Torres del Paine National Park. Summer in the south of Chile.
Best Time of Year to Visit Chile

Stretching for more than 2600 miles along the western side of South America, Chile is a narrow country of dramatic extremes. You’ll find bone dry deserts in the north, glacial...

Torrest Del Paine and Pehoe Lake
Best Things to Do in Chile

Home to Andean peaks, dramatic coastlines and otherworldly deserts, Chile has an astonishing variety of landscapes that set the scene for unforgettable adventures. You can trek...

Chile Travel Advice

Read our detailed insights to make sure you have the best trip

Chile Destination Guides

Detailed travel guides for the main regions of the country
Geysers of El Tatio at sunrise.
Highlights of Northern Chile

Home to red-rock deserts, craggy mountain peaks and sparkling coastlines, northern Chile offers boundless adventures for avid travelers. You can spend your days wandering...

Chile Hotel Advice

Unique places to stay, curated by kimkim specialists
San Pedro de Atacama
Hotel La Casa de Don Tomás
4.8
(28)
· Mid-range
Located just a 10-minute walk from the center of San Pedro de Atacama, Hotel La Casa de Don Tomas provides a simple yet charming spot for a comfortable stay. Within a 5-minute walk, you'll find the Meteorite Museum and San Pedro Church, while the Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama and R.P. Gustavo Le...
Photo courtesy of Hotel Boutique Le Reve
Santiago
Hotel Boutique Le Reve
4.9
(14)
· Comfort
Travel back to the 19th century in this historic building whose ivy-covered facade, shuttered windows, and iron-wrought balconies evoke a French manor house. Hotel Boutique La Reve offers a peaceful retreat in Providencia, one of Santiago's most beloved residential areas, and its location just a...
Photo courtesy of Hotel Lago Grey
Sector Grey (Torres del Paine)
Hotel Lago Grey
4.8
(17)
· Comfort
Patagonia's nature is the focus of Hotel Lago Grey, a year-round property located in the middle of Torres del Paine National Park. The hotel stands on Lago Grey and offers crystal-clear views of the lake and mountains. The turquoise waters of Lago Pehoe are just a 3-minute drive, and the Salto...

Best Experiences in Chile

Unique things to do, curated by kimkim specialists
Serrano Glacier
Puerto Natales
Boat Excursion to Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
4.8
(10)
Group tour
Head out on a 7-hour boat excursion from Puerto Natales to the southern end of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, home to the Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers. During this scenic ride, you can enjoy panoramic views of native forests and sea lion colonies. Next, you may leave the boat for a short...
Stand below the peaks of
Torres del Paine
Excursion to Torres del Paine National Park
4.6
(12)
10 hours
·
Small group
Embark on a day trip from Puerto Natales to the Torres del Paine National Park, known for its mountains, glaciers, and hiking trails. For this excursion, it's common to start by exploring Cueva del Milodón ("Milodon Cave"), home to a replica of a prehistoric sloth that once lived in the caves....
Take in the beautiful mountain views during your trek
Torres del Paine
Hike from Sarmiento Lake to Amarga Lagoon
5.0
(3)
Small group
On this excursion, you'll experience the hidden treasures of Torres del Paine National Park, beginning with pickup from your accommodation in Puerto Natales. Once you arrive at Sarmiento Lake, you'll trek to Nordensköld viewpoint, where you can view ancient cave paintings. Next, you'll continue...

Our Latest Chile Content

Your luxury retreat on the doorstep of Torres del Paine blends with the landscape (photo courtesy of Tierra Patagonia)
Map of Off-the-Beaten-Path Luxury in Chile: Wine Country, Marble Caves & Patagonia - 14 Days
Off-the-Beaten-Path Luxury in Chile: Wine Country, Marble Caves & Patagonia - 14 Days

Get to know four distinct regions of Chile at a relaxed pace with this two-week luxury itinerary. Start your trip in style at a wine estate outside Santiago—complete with gourmet restaurant and tasting cellar. Then, it's off to an ecolodge in remote Aysén, where you'll cruise through the marble caves of Lago General Carrera. Continue deeper into Patagonia to a stylish retreat on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park, and end in historic Punta Arenas for wildlife tours and a taste of the local cuisine.

See the deserts and lagoons of the Atacama before flying south to Patagonia
Map of Luxury Wonders of Chile: North to South Grand Tour - 14 Days
Luxury Wonders of Chile: North to South Grand Tour - 14 Days

This two-week Chilean adventure will take you to its most scenic regions: the northern deserts, coastal wine country, and the wilds of southern Patagonia. And though this itinerary is jam-packed with outdoor activities, you won't sacrifice anything in terms of comfort—it's first-class treatment the whole way. Stay in luxury hotels and dine at the finest restaurants in between astronomy tours, visits to salt flats, glacier hikes in Torres del Paine, wine tours in the Casablanca Valley, and more.

Make your way south from Santiago to Patagonia, stopping for lakeside luxury in Pucón (photo courtesy of andBeyond Vira Vira)
Map of Luxury Lakes & Mountains of Chile: Santiago, the Lake District & Patagonia - 14 Days
Luxury Lakes & Mountains of Chile: Santiago, the Lake District & Patagonia - 14 Days

Enjoy the finer things in Chile (plus some memorable outdoor adventures) on this two-week luxury tour. Travel from north to south, starting in Santiago with gourmet dining, wine tours, and excursions to colorful Valparaíso. Then, make your way down to the Lake District and Patagonia, where you'll trek around glaciers and volcanoes, go kayaking on fjords, unwind with a relaxing dip in natural hot springs, and much more.

Chile Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
Map Top 10 Regions in Chile: Where to Go & What to See
Top 10 Regions in Chile: Where to Go & What to See
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Map 2 Weeks in Chile - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Chile - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Map 10 Days in Chile - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Chile - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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Travel specialist Erin Wiley
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Erin Wiley

Put simply, travel makes people happy and I want to be a part of that. If I am not traveling myself then I want to surround myself with people who are. Originally from Michigan, I grew up...

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Travel specialist Emilce Alonso
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Emilce Alonso

I'm from Cordoba, Argentina. I had the opportunity to travel a lot through it and beyond. I really enjoy getting to know new places, like typical food, music and meeting people. I love the...

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Travel specialist Lorena Huidobro
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Lorena Huidobro

I believe that those of us who love to travel tend to have a more open mind and free spirit. Being open to experience new adventures, explore the unknown, see the beauty in the simple things,...

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Travel specialist Kristy Tizon
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Kristy Tizon

Kristy, a Peruvian-American originally from Los Angeles but now based in Lima, Peru, has a deep passion for travel. She founded Miski Travels, a travel agency that offers customized trips to...

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Trip Reviews for Chile

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Our Chile experience was the best!
Chile | Dec 30 - Jan 12, 2024

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Ana H.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Feb 05, 2024

Our Chile experience was the best! Francisco was definitely top of the line! Completely customized to our needs and all the local teams were phenomenal in every city we visited.
The experiences were great! We will definitely use Kimkim again!

Local specialist: Francisco Torres
Francisco
Francisco Torres
Local specialist in Santiago & Quito | Replied on Feb 05, 2024

Hi there!

Thank you so much for your kind words. It fills me with great joy to learn that your time in Chile was enjoyable. It was a pleasure to adapt it to your requirements and make sure each local team performed to the highest standards. We are eager in creating new experiences to you once more in the future.

Best regards, Francisco

Overall a fantastic experience
Chile | Dec 16 - Jan 1, 2024

Jian
Jian X.
China | Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024
This is the second time I’ve used Kimkim for a holiday. I normally do them myself but for harder destinations which require more research I find Kimkim perfect. We had a fantastic trip of a lifetime to Chile and Jesse was super helpful, always so responsive even when on holidays such as Christmas etc so that was something we really appreciated. We had given Jesse some feedback about some small things eg one of the hikes we went on in Patagonia was described as a half day walk in the blurb... Read more

This is the second time I’ve used Kimkim for a holiday. I normally do them myself but for harder destinations which require more research I find Kimkim perfect. We had a fantastic trip of a lifetime to Chile and Jesse was super helpful, always so responsive even when on holidays such as Christmas etc so that was something we really appreciated.

We had given Jesse some feedback about some small things eg one of the hikes we went on in Patagonia was described as a half day walk in the blurb but it actually turned out to be a full day walk (which is quite important to know when you are hiking as the distance/time is something which is important in terms of planning for food and water etc and also night activities afterwards) and some other things which she took onboard. But overall it was a good trip and I would book with Jesse and Kimkim again

Local specialist: Jesse Barrera
Jesse
Jesse Barrera
Local specialist in Santiago | Replied on Feb 02, 2024

Hi Jian,

So happy to hear you enjoyed your trip 😊 It was my pleasure to plan and help out along the way. We know traveling can be a lot sometimes especially during holidays which is why we strive to make you feel accompanied every step of the way.

All the best in your future travels,
Jesse

I can't say enough about the entire experienc...
Chile | Jan 6 - Jan 16, 2024

Andrew
Andrew T.
Canton, GA | Reviewed on Jan 23, 2024
I can't say enough about the entire experience. All the transportation, accommodations and guides performed and exceeded our expectation. Weather was the only factor that affected our trip. All ground transport was waiting for us when we exited our flights or checking out in the lobby of our hotels. Hotel staff at the The Uman Lodge Patagonia was excellent. They communicated with the outfitters during our stay to make sure that our activities and pick up times coordinated. One... Read more

I can't say enough about the entire experience. All the transportation, accommodations and guides performed and exceeded our expectation. Weather was the only factor that affected our trip.

All ground transport was waiting for us when we exited our flights or checking out in the lobby of our hotels.

Hotel staff at the The Uman Lodge Patagonia was excellent. They communicated with the outfitters during our stay to make sure that our activities and pick up times coordinated. One negative comment about the hotel is the access road, a very rough and rocky road. but once you got to the top, it was majestic.

We also really appreciated our private transport from Puerto Arenas. He was an excellent guide as well.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Lago Grey
Torres del Paine
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Las Torres Patagonia
Torres del Paine
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Altiplanico Puerto Natales
Natales
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Uman Lodge Patagonia
Futaleufu
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas
Puerto Varas
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Boat Trip to Glacier Grey
Boat Trip to Glacier Grey
Chile
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
if rough weather is visible, maybe advise travelers that if you get sea sick, you may want to go on a different day so the rest of the passengers will not miss out on the experience as we did because they turn the boat around due to a few passengers getting sea sick. They should understand that seeing the glacier is one if not the biggest reason people come to the area.
Transport
Kayaking in Grey Lake & Grey River
Kayaking in Grey Lake & Grey River
Chile
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Hotel Las Torres Tour Options
Hotel Las Torres Tour Options
Chile
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Torres del Paine National Park Private Tour
Torres del Paine National Park Private Tour
Puerto Natales
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Full-Day White Water Rafting
Full-Day White Water Rafting
futaleufu
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Azul River to Bridge White Water Rafting
Azul River to Bridge White Water Rafting
futaleufu
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Fly Fishing Half-Day
Fly Fishing Half-Day
futaleufu
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Bridge to Bridge White Water Rafting
Bridge to Bridge White Water Rafting
futaleufu
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Lorena Huidobro
Lorena
Lorena Huidobro
Local specialist in Houston, TX & Santiago, Chile | Replied on Jan 23, 2024

Thanks, Andy! It was my pleasure to plan and coordinate such an exciting adventure for you and your brother. Not many travelers are brave enough to visit such remote locations in a faraway country. Kudos to your audacious spirit and very grateful for the detailed reviews of hotels and excursions!
Best regards,
Lorena