Chile

Snaking its way along South America’s western coast, Chile flows across parched deserts and glacial plains, collecting all the hallmarks of this remarkable continent on its way. From smooth Santiago to remote southern lands, the world’s longest country has an even longer list of essential experiences.

Chile Tours & Travel

Top deals in Chile

Departing Days Price USD
28 Jan 2015 Chile & Argentina Discovery 13 $1430

All our Chile trips

Easter Island

4 days from
USD $987
CAD $1,020
AUD $1,000
EUR €687
GBP £577
NZD $1,112
ZAR R10,010
CHF FR832

Visit South America and travel to Easter Island to discover the history of one of the most remote islands on Earth.

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Explore Bolivia & Argentina

20 days from
USD $2,350
CAD $2,545
AUD $2,495
EUR €1,715
GBP £1,385
NZD $2,780
ZAR R24,975
CHF FR2,080

Get off the tourist trail on this extraordinary adventure through Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. Visit historic Potosi...

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Patagonia Wilderness

15 days from
USD $3,530
CAD $3,840
AUD $3,765
EUR €2,785
GBP £2,095
NZD $4,185
ZAR R37,660
CHF FR3,370

Trek through South America's Patagonia region on an overland trip to Chile and Argentina. Discover the beauty and...

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Chile & Argentina Discovery

13 days from
USD $1,430
CAD $1,545
AUD $1,515
EUR €1,040
GBP £845
NZD $1,690
ZAR R15,175
CHF FR1,265

Take an active adventure tour from Santiago to BA. Visit Pucon and Ancud in Chile before exploring Argentina's Lake...

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La Paz to Buenos Aires

21 days from
USD $2,130
CAD $2,306
GBP £1,310
ZAR R22,634
CHF FR1,884
AUD $2,298
EUR €1,560
NZD $2,525

Travel from La Paz to Buenos Aires and discover the heart of South America. This vacation has it all, from a Salar de...

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Road to Rio

29 days from
USD $3,910
CAD $4,035
AUD $3,955
EUR €2,720
GBP £2,285
NZD $4,405
ZAR R39,590
CHF FR3,295

Uncover the many faces of South America on a tour through Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. Cities, beaches and...

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Santiago to Ushuaia

23 days from
USD $2,365
CAD $2,480
AUD $2,530
EUR €1,728
GBP £1,437
NZD $2,799
ZAR R23,419
CHF FR2,090

Tour Patagonia and discover one of the world's most amazing regions. Travel from Santiago to Ushuaia and explore...

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Unveil South America

48 days from
USD $6,245
CAD $6,445
AUD $6,320
EUR €4,350
GBP £3,650
NZD $7,040
ZAR R63,260
CHF FR5,265

Visit South America and travel through Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay. Visit Potosi, Salar de Uyuni,...

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Ushuaia to Santiago

23 days from
USD $2,365
CAD $2,480
AUD $2,530
EUR €1,728
GBP £1,437
NZD $2,799
ZAR R23,419
CHF FR2,127

Adventure through the wilds of Patagonia on a journey that begins in Ushuaia in the south of Argentina and travels to...

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Santiago Stopover

3 days from
USD $502
CAD $535
AUD $555
EUR €385
GBP £332
NZD $657
ZAR R5,052
CHF FR475

From Santiago's historical centre to a celebrated nearby winery, this captivating stopover shows you the wealth of...

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Santiago to La Paz

21 days from
USD $2,100
CAD $2,272
AUD $2,257
EUR €1,534
GBP £1,287
NZD $2,486
ZAR R15,072
CHF FR1,855

Visit South America and travel through Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. Tour Santiago, Mendoza, Cafayate and Salta....

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Spirit of South America

32 days from
USD $3,920
CAD $4,045
AUD $3,965
EUR €2,730
GBP £2,290
NZD $4,415
ZAR R39,690
CHF FR3,300

Discover the very best of South America on this awesome travel adventure. Explore the ever-changing landscape and...

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Rio to Quito via Ushuaia

112 days from
USD $11,031
CAD $11,952
AUD $11,901
EUR €8,065
GBP £6,814
NZD $13,069
ZAR R117,278
CHF FR9,760

Visit South America and travel through Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. Follow the Inca trail and...

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La Paz to Santiago

21 days from
USD $2,095
CAD $2,183
AUD $2,228
EUR €1,559
GBP £1,307
NZD $2,526
ZAR R20,572
CHF FR1,855

Visit South America and travel through Bolivia, Argentina and Chile from La Paz to Santiago. Visit Potosi, Salar de...

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Santiago to Buenos Aires via Ushuaia

34 days from
USD $3,530
CAD $3,821
AUD $3,784
EUR €2,579
GBP £2,140
NZD $4,181
ZAR R35,482
CHF FR2,952

Visit South America and travel through Argentina and Chile, from Santiago to Buenos Aires via Ushuaia. Experience...

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Quito to Rio via Ushuaia

112 days from
USD $11,850
CAD $12,837
AUD $12,767
EUR €8,665
GBP £7,288
NZD $14,046
ZAR R126,001
CHF FR10,483

Visit South America and travel through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and Brazil. Follow the Inca trail,...

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Buenos Aires to Santiago via Ushuaia

34 days from
USD $3,460
CAD $3,751
AUD $3,709
EUR €2,529
GBP £2,100
NZD $4,101
ZAR R32,387
CHF FR2,957

Discover penguins, glaciers and eye-popping cities on an epic South American adventure. Travel from Buenos Aires to...

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lima to buenos aires

42 days from
USD $4,670
CAD $4,885
AUD $4,984
EUR €3,500
GBP £2,982
NZD $5,679
ZAR R46,365
CHF FR4,157

Visit South America and travel through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina from Lima to Buenos Aires. Follow the Inca Trail,...

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Lima to Rio

60 days from
USD $6,374
CAD $6,677
AUD $6,813
EUR €4,769
GBP £4,079
NZD $7,731
ZAR R63,560
CHF FR5,669

Go Overland from Lima to Rio with Intrepid Travel. Uncover hidden treasures from Peru to Brazil via Bolivia and...

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Torres del Paine Hiking

6 days from
USD $1,640
CAD $1,692
AUD $1,660
EUR €1,142
GBP £960
NZD $1,847
ZAR R16,615
CHF FR1,382

Venture into the wilds of Chilean Patagonian on a hiking trip through Torres del Paine National Park. Witness vast,...

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South American Explorer

83 days from
USD $9,085
CAD $9,370
AUD $9,190
EUR €6,325
GBP £5,310
NZD $10,235
ZAR R91,980
CHF FR7,655

Visit South America and travel through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil. Visit Machu...

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Inca Empire

55 days from
USD $6,130
CAD $6,325
AUD $6,205
EUR €4,270
GBP £3,585
NZD $6,910
ZAR R62,075
CHF FR5,170

See the Inca Empire travelling in South America through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. From the Amazon...

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Antarctic Express: Fly North (Sea Adventurer) 2015 - 2016

10 days from
USD $11,395
CAD $13,460
AUD $13,200
EUR €8,700
GBP £7,100
NZD $14,700
ZAR R132,130
CHF FR10,995

Cruise through the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands, then catch a flight back to...

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Best of South America

67 days from
USD $7,765
CAD $8,010
AUD $7,855
EUR €5,405
GBP £4,540
NZD $8,750
ZAR R78,625
CHF FR6,545

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Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle (Sea Adventurer) 2015 - 2016

10 days from
USD $11,995
CAD $14,175
AUD $13,900
EUR €9,200
GBP £7,400
NZD $15,480
ZAR R139,135
CHF FR11,580

Embark on an adventure of a lifetime while crossing the Antarctic Circle. Discover South Shetland’s King George...

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Antarctic Express: Fly/Cruise Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands (Sea Adventurer) 2015 - 2016

17 days from
USD $19,995
CAD $23,555
AUD $23,100
EUR €15,300
GBP £12,400
NZD $25,725
ZAR R231,225
CHF FR19,240

Travel to the ends of the earth to witness the dramatic beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula and discover the...

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Lima to Ushuaia

64 days from
USD $6,955
CAD $7,532
AUD $7,491
EUR €5,086
GBP £4,279
NZD $8,240
ZAR R73,925
CHF FR6,150

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Antarctic Express: Fly South

9 days from
USD $7,955
CAD $8,465
AUD $8,795
EUR €6,400
GBP £5,200
NZD $10,425
ZAR R80,055
CHF FR7,540

Fly over the Drake Passage from Punta Arenas on the way to Antarctica. Cruise around the South Shetland Islands and...

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Ushuaia to Lima

64 days from
USD $6,905
CAD $7,477
AUD $7,436
EUR €5,051
GBP £4,249
NZD $8,180
ZAR R73,385
CHF FR6,105

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Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

8 days from
USD $8,995
CAD $9,525
AUD $9,895
EUR €7,200
GBP £5,900
NZD $11,730
ZAR R90,065
CHF FR8,485

Visit Antarctica and travel through the Drake Passage and the South Shetland Islands.

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Anchorage to Ushuaia

207 days from
USD $15,565
CAD $16,865
AUD $16,535
EUR €11,385
GBP £9,190
NZD $18,460
ZAR R165,510
CHF FR13,775

Travel the length of the Americas from North through Central and to the very tip of the South. From Anchorage to...

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Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle

11 days from
USD $10,995
CAD $11,645
AUD $12,095
EUR €8,800
GBP £7,200
NZD $14,340
ZAR R110,090
CHF FR10,370

Embark on an adventure of a lifetime while crossing the Antarctic Circle. Discover South Shetland’s King George...

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Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition

15 days from
USD $9,995
CAD $10,585
AUD $10,995
EUR €8,000
GBP £6,500
NZD $13,035
ZAR R100,080
CHF FR9,430

Uncover the sublime white beauty of Antarctica on this Southern Expedition. Travel across the Drake Passage to the...

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Patagonia Trekking

10 days from
USD $3,480
CAD $3,770
AUD $3,695
EUR €2,540
GBP £2,055
NZD $4,115
ZAR R36,985
CHF FR3,075

Visit South America and travel to Patagonia to experience the 'W' Trek in Torres del Paine National Park. Experience...

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South America Sojourn

36 days from
USD $10,255
CAD $10,580
AUD $10,375
EUR €7,140
GBP £5,995
NZD $11,555
ZAR R103,850
CHF FR8,640

Spend over five weeks travelling through the delights of South America – from the elegant capital of Ecuador, through...

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Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands & South Georgia - Ocean Diamond

20 days from

Visit Antarctica and travel through the Beagle Channel to the Falkland and South Georgia islands for a magical...

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Antarctic Express Fly North

9 days from
USD $7,995
CAD $8,465
AUD $8,795
EUR €6,400
GBP £5,200
NZD $10,425
ZAR R80,055
CHF FR7,540

Visit Antarctica and travel through the Drake Passage and the South Shetland Islands.

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Chile trip reviews

Our Chile trips score an average of 4.55 out of 5 based on 67 reviews in the last year.

2014 Chile & Argentina Discovery, June 2014

2014 Chile & Argentina Discovery, April 2014

Articles on Chile

Seven essential things to do on any Chilean adventure

Posted on Fri, 21 Nov 2014

This blog was originally going to be titled, '7 Cheap Chile Adventures Only a Hitchhiker-Insider on Your Intrepid Staff Could Tell You About', but we thought that might be a bit much.

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Getting a taste of Chile festivals

Posted on Wed, 10 Jul 2013

Sean Kennaway experiences a delicious Chilean lunch during the country's Fiestas Patrias celebrations...

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Change of pace in Patagonia

Posted on Wed, 14 Nov 2012

"It gives you a sense of accomplishment, not to mention privilege, to be in a hard to reach place..."

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About Chile

At a glance

Trips Available: 14
Capital city: Santiago (population 4.6 million)
Population: 16.7 million
Language: Spanish
Currency: CLP
Time zone: (GMT-04:00) Santiago
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type L (Italian 3-pin)
Dialing code: +56

Best time to visit Chile

The best time to visit depends largely on your chosen activities and destinations as Chile’s substantial length ensures that the climate is incredibly varied. Summer (December to March) is possibly the best time to visit Chile, as the Parque Nacional Torres del Paine and lakes region are reasonably warm. The trade off however, is that the Atacama Desert can be very hot during this time. Summer is also festival time, so it's a good chance to experience Chile’s unique culture. For the central and northern regions, autumn is a comfortable time to visit, however during this time it can be quite cold in the south, especially at night. Snow fall is common during winter (July to September) in the south of the country, so this is the ideal time for a skiing or snowboarding holiday.

Chile weather chart

Geography and environment

Chile Easter Island
Chile is a land of quirky geographical characteristics, most noticeably its incredible length. Measuring in at over 4600km long, yet only 430km wide, Chile covers a massive geographic scale that includes a variety of unique landscapes as well as an impressive coastline. Straddled by the epic Andes, this gigantic mountain range acts as a natural border with Argentina in the east, while the Pacific Ocean - including the remote Chilean territory of Easter Island - forms Chile’s western coastline. The capital and largest city, Santiago, lies inland, roughly in the centre of the country. Further north, Chile shares a border with Peru and Bolivia, as well the largest section of the parched Atacama Desert, one of the world’s driest places. South of Santiago, Chile unfolds into the wilderness playground of Patagonia - a largely uninhabited, prehistoric landscape brimming with forests and enormous glaciers.

Top Picks

Peppers

Top 10 Must-Try Foods in Chile

1. Empanadas de Pino

This scrumptious portion of pastry stuffed with meat, olives, raisins and onions is a budget street food favourite.

2. Caldillo de Congrio

This famous Chilean stew is made from deep-fried, seasoned or baked eel. While not to everyone's taste, this is popular with locals… so popular that Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda once wrote an ode to the dish.

3. Pan de Pascua

This sweet Chilean cake is usually eaten around Christmas. Flavoured with ginger and honey and packed with fruit and nuts, it was brought to Chile by German migrants.

4. Humitas

Popular throughout most South American countries, this popular vegetarian dish features mashed sweet corn baked in a corn husk with spices and butter.

5. Pastel de Choclo

This succulent casserole of beef and/or chicken and vegetables, topped with corn batter is a local favourite in Chile.

6. Asado Chileno

A method of cooking that involves grilling meat over hot coals. Traditionally includes delicacies such as intestines and udders, but for the regular traveller, chicken and beef is just as tasty.

7. Paila Marina

With a coastline this huge it's no surprise that Chile has some of the freshest seafood in world. This aromatic shellfish stew spiked with garlic, cilantro and other herbs and spices is cooked and served in an earthenware bowl.

8. Flan de Lucuma (Custard Flan)

This tasty Mexican dish is also popular in Chile, where locals and visitors love to savour its delicious sugary goodness.

9. Merken

This aromatic seasoning made from dried peppers is a common ingredient in Chilean cuisine. Be warned, one sprinkle of this is all it takes to turn a meal from mild to searing hot.

10. Charquican

Although dried llama meat might not be everyone’s cup of tea, this famous dish is well worth a try. Fried and served with boiled potatoes, white corn, hard-boiled egg and fresh cheese, the charquican is complemented by a delicious sauce made from tomato and chilli.

FAQs on Chile

CHILE RECIPROCITY TAX:
All passengers with passports from Australia, Canada and Mexico must pay a reciprocity tax before entering Interpol control. The amounts are as follows:
Australia - US$117
Canada - US$132
México - US$23

This tax applies only to travellers entering Chile via its international airport in Santiago. This tax doesn't apply to those entering Chile by another form of transport.
Leaving an extra 10% on top of your restaurant bill is considered polite in Chile, as is tipping porters and other service workers. Feel free to leave spare change or tip extra if the service is particularly good.
Internet access is widely available in cities and tourist areas where there are many internet cafes and Wi-Fi hot spots. Internet access is less frequent in rural and remote areas.
You'll be able to use your mobile phone in most urban areas of Chile, although some of the more remote areas may not have network coverage. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your mobile carrier before you leave home if you wish to use your mobile while in Chile.
Toilets in Chile will vary depending on what area you are travelling in. Flushable, western-style toilets are common in the cities, large hotels, malls and clubs but more modest squat toilets are the standard in rural areas and while camping. Either way, carrying a supply of toilet paper and soap is a good idea, as these aren’t always available in public toilets.
City bus fare = 350 CLP
Cup of coffee in a café = 400 CLP
Beer in a bar = 900 CLP
Simple lunch = 2,000 CLP
Dinner in a restaurant = 8,500 CLP
Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Chile. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water and fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Major credit cards are widely accepted by large shops, hotels and restaurants in Chile. However, they may not be accepted by smaller vendors such as small family restaurants, market stalls or in remote towns and rural areas. Make sure you carry enough cash for purchases, since credit cards aren't always an option everywhere in Chile.
ATMs are found widely throughout Chile, so withdrawing cash shouldn't be problematic in most areas. Some smaller villages and rural areas may not have ATM access, so prepare for this before venturing too far from a city or major town.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: [site:intrepid_insurance_link]
Jan 1 New Year's Day
Mar 29 Good Friday
Mar 30 Holy Saturday
May 1 Labour day
May 21 Navy Day
Jun 29 St Peter and St Paul *
Aug 15 Assumption
Sep 18 Independence Day
Sep 19 Army Day
Oct 12 Discover of Two Worlds Day
Nov 1 All Saints' Day
Dec 8 Immaculate Conception
Dec 25 Christmas Day
* If these holidays fall on a weekend, then they are observed on the following Monday.

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Chile/public-holidays

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Chile Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Chile

1. Be considerate of Chile’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.

3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel LittinGabriel Garcia Marquez
The History of ChileJohn L Rector
The Obscene Bird of NightJose Donoso
My Tender MatadorPedro Lemebel
The Mermaid and the DrunksBen Richards
Desert Memories: Journeys through the Chilean NorthAriel Dorfman
My Invented Country: A MemoirIsabel Allende