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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
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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
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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 in 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.

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 into some of Chile’s most dramatic landscapes. Multi-hued valleys, rocky canyons, towering sand dunes and azure-colored lagoons set the stage for big adventures in the otherworldly scenery of the Atacama Desert. The evenings are spectacular, with dramatic sunsets followed by night skies cluttered with stars.

Marble Caves
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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 geysers, 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.

Explore Santiago, Chile
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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 coastline, go wine tasting, and even venture down to the wilds of...

A pristine laguna in the Atacama Desert, Chile
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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
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10 Days in Chile - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With ten days in Chile, you have time to visit more than one region. On these five unique itineraries, you'll combine a visit to Santiago with active adventures in the Atacama...

The Marble Caves of Chilean Patagonia
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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

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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...

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Snowy Licancabur volcano in the Andes reflecting in the water of Laguna Chaxa with Andean flamingos, Atacama salar, Chile
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Immersive Chile: Santiago & Atacama Desert - 7 Days

From cosmopolitan Santiago to cosmic stargazing in the Atacama Desert, this brilliant seven-day itinerary takes you from the capital city to the world's largest salt flat. Taste typical Atacameño dishes with a local family, wander the lunar landscapes of Moon Valley, taste sustainably-grown Chilean wine at the source, and spot flamingoes on Chaxa Lagoon. Along the way, you'll discover the rhythms of daily life in remote Atacameño villages and support the work of local and Indigenous guides.

Get up close to Easter Island's ancient "moai," 2,000 miles off the coast of Chile
15 Days in Chile - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

In 15 days, you can see the entire country on a fast-paced expedition from San Pedro de Atacama in the north to Puerto Natales in the south, as well as Easter Island. Alternatively, skip Easter Island and cover the mainland highlights from the Atacama Desert to Torres del Paine or from tip to tail and reach Punta Arenas, the "Gateway to Antarctica." Or, stick to one region, such as Patagonia or the Lake District, for the whole duration to get a more immersive experience in one part of the country.

The Perito Moreno glacier near El Calafate
Map of Ultimate Patagonia: Santiago, Puerto Natales, El Calafate & El Chaltén - 15 Days
Ultimate Patagonia: Santiago, Puerto Natales, El Calafate & El Chaltén - 15 Days

On this 15-day adventure, you'll experience Chile's vibrant capital and dive deep into Patagonia. Start with a tour of Santiago, followed by a visit to the nearby coastal city of Valparaíso. Explore the Andes Mountains and San José Volcano, then head to Puerto Natales to begin the Patagonian leg of your trip. Enjoy hiking, stunning views, and a boat tour on the Chilean side, then cross the border into Argentina for more outdoor activities. Finish with one last day of leisure in Santiago before heading home.

Chile Travel Maps

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Top 10 Regions in Chile: Where to Go & What to See
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2 Weeks in Chile - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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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

Travel simply 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 camping...

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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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Kristy is a Peruvian-American who is originally from Los Angeles but now calls Lima, Peru her home. Growing up as a Peruvian-American, she was able to experience the best of both worlds. Her...

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Trip Reviews for Chile

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Chile Tour
Chile | Jan 14 - Jan 27, 2023

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Bakulesh S.
Daly City, CA | Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

Most guides were very good.
The guide on Jan. 25, 2023 for Torres del Plaine National Park spoke at length in Spanish and very little in English. So we missed out on a lot of commentary.
And all drivers were very good.

Jason provided great service.
He had planned and organized our trip very nicely.
This made it very easy for us and we had no anxiety or stress anywhere in Chile.
He communicates immediately on an inquiry and to the point.
He had promised us that our trip would be... read more

Most guides were very good.
The guide on Jan. 25, 2023 for Torres del Plaine National Park spoke at length in Spanish and very little in English. So we missed out on a lot of commentary.
And all drivers were very good.

Jason provided great service.
He had planned and organized our trip very nicely.
This made it very easy for us and we had no anxiety or stress anywhere in Chile.
He communicates immediately on an inquiry and to the point.
He had promised us that our trip would be memorable and indeed it was.
He is the best.
We would love too work with him on future trips.

Every place we visited in Chile was most exciting and enjoyable.
Jason had panned all important sights for us and so we appreciate his service.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Cumbres San Pedro
San Pedro de Atacama

Excellent service and support from the front desk staff.

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Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal
Santiago
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Solace Puerto Varas
Puerto Varas
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NOI Indigo Patagonia
Puerto Natales
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Hotel Eco Boutique Bidasoa
Santiago

Very good service at Bidosa.

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Activity Reviews
Explore the Geysers of El Tatio
San Pedro de Atacama
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Private City Tour of Santiago
Santiago

Excellent tour guide and driver.

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Private Tour Valparaiso Discovery
Chile
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Lagoons of Ojos del Salar, Tebinquinche & Coyo
Chile

Fernando is the best tour guide. He is amazing, funny, energetic, and most helpful

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Excursion to Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley)
San Pedro de Atacama

Fernando the tour guide made it most interesting. He showed us all the interesting features of Moon Valley, and he was very patient with us on the steep and rough trails.

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Chiloé - Ancud - Castro - Dalcahue
Chile
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Glacier Navigation Balmaceda & Serrano
Puerto Natales
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Full Day Torres del Paine National Park (ex. Puerto Natales)
Puerto Natales
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Atacama Salt Flats, High Plateau Lagoons & Toconao
San Pedro de Atacama
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Osorno Volcano & Petrohué Falls
Chile
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Local specialist: Jason Kearney
Jason
Jason Kearney
Local specialist in Peru | Reviewed on Feb 02, 2023

Hi Bakulesh,
Thanks for your review and I am glad you both had a wonderful time and are considering your next vacation with us. You mentioned the Torres del Paine guide not being conversant in English as much as Spanish. I will look into that as it has not happened before and we wish to correct that for future travellers. I am glad all of the rest of the trip was above your expectations. I am glad we have built a trusted relationship for the future.
Kind Regards,
Jason.

A Perfect Atacama Desert Trip
Chile | Jan 11 - Jan 18, 2023

Eric
Eric H.
Tualatin, OR | Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

The core of our trip was seeing the Atacama Desert and visiting its important sites. Lorena was excellent in tailoring our plans to suit our interests and time-frame. Transit arrangement to and from Santiago were flawless and out hotel in san Pedro de Atacama was perfect as a quiet, high quality location to venture from. Accommodations at the Don Tomas were comfortable and the food was fresh tasting with touches of originality. There are dozens of tour operators in San Pedro, but I felt that... read more

The core of our trip was seeing the Atacama Desert and visiting its important sites. Lorena was excellent in tailoring our plans to suit our interests and time-frame. Transit arrangement to and from Santiago were flawless and out hotel in san Pedro de Atacama was perfect as a quiet, high quality location to venture from. Accommodations at the Don Tomas were comfortable and the food was fresh tasting with touches of originality. There are dozens of tour operators in San Pedro, but I felt that Lorena had selected the best of the best for our trip. We did five tours in four days and all were excellent: stargazing, the Tatio geysers, Piedras Royas & the salt flats, Valle de la Luna, and the Puritana canyon trek.

Hotel Review
Hotel La Casa de Don Tomás
San Pedro de Atacama

The Don Tomas is an oasis within the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama. The accommodations are comfortable and tastefully decorated. Coffee, tea, or water--plain or infused--are always available. The breakfast offers the usual array of continental and American items, all arranged beautifully. On the lunch and dinner menus, offering all have a local slant, both veggie and non-veg. I especially liked the fresh ingredients in the salads and highly recommend the Oriental pasta for its earthly richness. One caveat: for a pre-breakfast start on your tour, the take away sack lunch is rudimentary at best.

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Once inside the gates, you feel like you are in an charming oasis.
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It is a 10 minute walk to the center of town.
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Activity Reviews
Stargazing Tour
San Pedro de Atacama
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Puritama Canyon Trek
San Pedro de Atacama
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Explore the Atacama Salt Flats & Lagoons
San Pedro de Atacama

This tour provides a wonderful experience of the immense salt flats seen from the red rocks, the "piedras royas." The lagoons are beautiful deep blue lakes at the base of volcanoes. A chance to view flamingoes in a reserve comes at the end, as a fitting culmination.

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The lunch we had was unique: a green salad with veggies and chicken in a Mason jar. Oil and vinegar were there to season to taste. I loved it.
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Tour of Tatio Geysers
San Pedro de Atacama

This tour is not to be missed. After a very early start, you arrive at sunrise at one of the largest geyser fields in the world. all in a very dramatic setting at 11,000 feet. The earth seems alive with steam vents and roiling geysers. Although below freezing, the ground is warm to the touch.

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It was great to have fresh scrambled eggs to go with the usual breakfast fare. Kudos!
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Local specialist: Lorena Huidobro
Lorena
Lorena Huidobro
Local specialist in Houston, TX & Santiago, Chile | Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

You are so kind... thanks Eric! I hope Shirley will be able to see Chile through your photos as she embarks on her own inside journey. I'll keep her and son in my thoughts. Atacama is a beautiful location and I am super happy you were able to enjoy your trip.
All the best,
Lorena

The adventure was well designed and great cho...
Chile | Jan 7 - Jan 20, 2023

Malcolm
Malcolm S.
Canada | Reviewed on Jan 22, 2023

The adventure was well designed and great choices were made by Lorena, I mentioned a cruise through the fjords of Patagonia and she came through with beautiful well thought out and enjoyable trips.
I especially enjoyed the 5 day cruise from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia, around Cape Horn and through the inside channels. Unfortunately due to weather conditions we were unable to land on the cape but passed close enough to get pictures of the station and the monument.

An earlier tour had to be... read more

The adventure was well designed and great choices were made by Lorena, I mentioned a cruise through the fjords of Patagonia and she came through with beautiful well thought out and enjoyable trips.
I especially enjoyed the 5 day cruise from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia, around Cape Horn and through the inside channels. Unfortunately due to weather conditions we were unable to land on the cape but passed close enough to get pictures of the station and the monument.

An earlier tour had to be cancelled due to weather and Jesse, on the ball found an interesting tour in the park near Puerto Natales and organized it on short notice to fill in a spare day that I had.

A big yahoo for a job very well done.

Activity Reviews
Penguin Colony on Magdalena Island
Chile

Unable to take trip due to weather conditions

Boat Tour to Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
Puerto Natales

The hike at the glacier face was just about right for a 70 year old man. The views are spectacular and the ship crew went out of their way to get us close to fauna along the route.

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Food
Food preparation was a bit marginal, but certainly edible.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Their extra effort to show us everything along the way
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Cruise Tierra del Fuego from Chile to Argentina - Day 5/5
Punta Arenas

Again the crew of guides and the ships crew went out of their way to give us an exceptional experience, even when the weather was giving them stress.

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Well prepared and well presented
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Argentina

Not much to say, Ushuaia is a small city but has some interesting sites. Not much time in El Calafate because the bus left early the next day.

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Local specialist: Lorena Huidobro
Lorena
Lorena Huidobro
Local specialist in Houston, TX & Santiago, Chile | Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Thanks for your comments, Malcolm! The Australis is for sure a little gem only a few are able to enjoy, glad you were one of them!! Best of luck in your future travels :)
Kindest regards,
Lorena & team