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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
Map of Hiking the Atacama Desert - 10 Days
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...

Sun setting over Santiago and the surrounding Andes
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...

Discover the "Cuevas de Marmol," a series of naturally sculpted caves in the General Carrera Lake
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
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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...
San Pedro de Atacama
Hotel La Casa de Don Tomás
4.7
(35)
· 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 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
Stand below the peaks of
Torres del Paine
Excursion to Torres del Paine National Park
4.6
(17)
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....
Serrano Glacier
Puerto Natales
Boat Excursion to Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
4.6
(14)
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...
Take in the beautiful mountain views during your trek
Torres del Paine
Hike from Sarmiento Lake to Amarga Lagoon
5.0
(4)
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

Hike through native lenga forests and see hanging glaciers in Chile's Queulat National Park on an itinerary that focuses on the Lake District
16 Days in Chile - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Chile is a large country, so it's best to focus on four regions for your 16-day trip. Active travelers can kayak on Lago Llanquihue, snorkel at Anakena Beach, and tackle a glacier hike in Torres del Paine National Park. Those who prefer a slower pace will enjoy stargazing in Atacama and soaking in the Pucón hot springs. Animal lovers can observe penguins on Isla Magdalena and spot condors at Laguna Sofia. A tour of sacred sites on Rapa Nui and a cooking class on Chiloé Island are highlights for culture enthusiasts.

Start your epic Chile tour in the deserts around San Pedro de Atacama
Map of The Best of Chile: Desert, Mountains, Cities & South Pacific - 16 Days
The Best of Chile: Desert, Mountains, Cities & South Pacific - 16 Days

"Best" is no hyperbole—this 16-day journey covers the most beautiful and culturally rich areas of Chile, from the mainland to the South Pacific. You'll arrive in the northern Atacama Desert to explore geysers, lunar valleys, vast salt flats, and more. Then, travel south to rugged Patagonia as you visit penguin colonies in Puerto Natales, marvel at massive glaciers, and hike around Torres del Paine National Park before flying to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) to experience its legends and ancient ruins.

Spend multiple days hiking, boating, and horseback riding around the dramatic landscapes of Torres del Paine
Map of Total Chile Tour: Santiago, Atacama, Patagonia & Wine Country - 16 Days
Total Chile Tour: Santiago, Atacama, Patagonia & Wine Country - 16 Days

Experience the scope of Chile on a grand tour of three of its most famous regions: Santiago, the Atacama Desert, and southern Patagonia. In Santiago, tour colonial landmarks before flying north to Atacama, where you'll stargaze on the Altiplano, see spouting geysers, and embark on a desert safari. The third act takes you to Patagonia to visit penguin colonies, explore massive glaciers, and hike around the soaring peaks of Torres del Paine before returning north for some wine tasting to send you off in style.

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

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Chile
Travel specialist Erin Wiley
active 1 day ago

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 Lorena Huidobro
active 28 mins ago

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 Jesse Barrera
active 12 hours ago

Jesse Barrera

Hi! I specialize in creating unique trip itineraries for all those keen on visiting the narrowest and longest country in the world: Chile. I believe travelling should be for everyone and can help...

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Travel specialist Angel Gutierrez
active 3 hours ago

Angel Gutierrez

Since I was a kid, all I've been thinking about is traveling the world, I finished University, worked for 1 year, saved money, and started my life as a Digital Nomad which allowed me to live and...

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Trip Reviews for Chile

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Lorena arranged our entire trip
Chile | May 16 - May 28, 2024

Jibi
Jibi T.
India | Reviewed on Jun 04, 2024
Lorena arranged our entire trip , she did a fantastic job , we four friends was traveling all our travel hotel local guide was superb
As we were traveling to a new country we didn’t know any one there still Kim Kim made us feel that we have close people near us
Thank you Kim Kim for an excellent trip Read more

Lorena arranged our entire trip , she did a fantastic job , we four friends was traveling all our travel hotel local guide was superb
As we were traveling to a new country we didn’t know any one there still Kim Kim made us feel that we have close people near us

Thank you Kim Kim for an excellent trip

Hotel Review
The Singular Patagonia
Puerto Natales

Different hotel shld stay

Authenticity & Character
Hotel was good all staff was excellent jescia bar tender was superb
Location
View and location
Staff
Jesica bar tender and all staff including house keeper was excellent
Cleanliness & Comfort
All good
Local specialist: Lorena Huidobro
Lorena
Lorena Huidobro
Local specialist in Houston, TX & Santiago, Chile | Replied on Jun 05, 2024

Hi Jibi, knowing everyone had a good time visiting Chile is wonderful! I appreciate your trust in me and my team to provide a unique adventure in our country. We would love to welcome you back to Chile or South America to discover new places and experiences.
Best always,
Lorena

It was an amazing experience!! Entire trip wa...
Chile | May 16 - May 28, 2024

Saikumar
Saikumar E.
France | Reviewed on May 29, 2024

It was an amazing experience!! Entire trip was awesome. A well organized tour by true professionals.. Friendly, dedicated and well experienced guides and drivers.. Special mention on Mr. Mauricio Carrasco and Ms. Ana Tobar. Awesome guides. Transport team were also very caring and punctual! Special salute to Team KIMKIM and TURISMO MILODON.

Local specialist: Lorena Huidobro
Lorena
Lorena Huidobro
Local specialist in Houston, TX & Santiago, Chile | Replied on May 29, 2024

Dear Sai, you and your friends are fun and experienced travelers and I am so happy you enjoyed visiting Chile. I was pleased to plan this adventure with our best tour guides and I hope you come back to explore the beautiful Atacama Desert and Easter Island, or elsewhere in South America.
Best always,
Lorena

Birthday trip to Chile and Argentina
Chile | May 11 - May 22, 2024

Lauryn
Lauryn G.
North Port, FL | Reviewed on May 24, 2024
Jesse planned a very last minute trip for myself, my husband, and our one year old that was wonderful for our family! We felt like we got to see a lot during our 12 day trip but the pace was not so rushed that we were exhausted. I would highly recommend visiting Chile and Argentina, they are beautiful countries with very friendly and kind people. Jesse was there to answer all of our questions and had a very quick response time when we needed a last minute change. We felt confident traveling... Read more

Jesse planned a very last minute trip for myself, my husband, and our one year old that was wonderful for our family! We felt like we got to see a lot during our 12 day trip but the pace was not so rushed that we were exhausted. I would highly recommend visiting Chile and Argentina, they are beautiful countries with very friendly and kind people. Jesse was there to answer all of our questions and had a very quick response time when we needed a last minute change. We felt confident traveling with the itinerary she planned for us and would do it again in a heartbeat!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Costaustralis
Puerto Natales

Stunning hotel with beautiful waterfront view. Our room looked out over the water and we loved that we could open the window to catch the sea breeze. Breakfast was delicious and the staff were very kind and helpful to us.

Calafate Parque Hotel
El Calafate

Small hotel with a great location for downtown walking and a great breakfast. We did not have a chance to use the jacuzzi/sauna but loved that it was an option.

Amerian Park Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires

This hotel is in desperate need of room upgrades. The door to our room looked like it had been kicked in with marks and debris on the floor and a broken/missing doorstop. We did request to change rooms however the other room the staff showed us looked very similar. The tub/shower was falling apart with pieces of tape across the tile and a moldy and cracked shower handle. Breakfast was included with our stay however the options were very limited and of poor quality. The location very central and the lobby is very modern and up to date which is why I did not give this hotel a one star review.

Location
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very small beds with only one pillow per person. Room needs upgraded and deep cleaned.
Renaissance Santiago Hotel
Santiago

Very nice hotel with a great location and friendly staff.

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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Dinner & Tango Show
Dinner & Tango Show
Buenos Aires

Amazing food and service with a tango show that was out of this world! The dancers, musicians, and singers are so talented I could have watched them perform for hours! Truly talented!

Food
Large menu to select from and very generous staff who kept the wine flowing!
Full-Day Tour of Torres del Paine National Park & Surroundings
Full-Day Tour of Torres del Paine National Park & Surroundings
Chile

This was our favorite day of the whole trip with stunning views of Torres del Paine National Park. Our guide was Jhon Pineda and he was super friendly and helpful and took some absolutely amazing photos of our family. He truly went above and beyond to make sure we got the best quality photos and videos and we appreciate him so much. He made sure we were comfortable with our baby all day and always checked on us. This tour cannot be missed!

Guides, Drivers and Staff
Jhon Pineda is an amazing tour guide!
Transport
Alex was our driver and he made sure everything went smoothly for the entire day!
Local specialist: Jesse Barrera
Jesse
Jesse Barrera
Local specialist in Santiago | Replied on May 24, 2024

Hi Lauryn,

I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed your 12-day trip in Chile and Argentina 😊 I imagine it can be tough sometimes to travel with a baby so I'm happy to have been of help with the planning!
I apologize that the Amerian Park hotel wasn't up to standards, we will definitely consider using another hotel so that our travelers can enjoy comfortable accommodation in each destination while on their trip.

Don't hesitate to reach out in the future for another visit to our wonderful country - there's still lots more to see!

All the best in your future travels,
Jesse