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 holiday deals in Chile

Departing Days Price USD
18 Oct 2015 Patagonia Trekking 10 $2662
24 Oct 2015 Best of Chile & Argentina 8 $2240
7 Nov 2015 Santiago to Ushuaia 23 $2124
7 Nov 2015 Best of Chile & Argentina 8 $2547
5 Dec 2015 Best of Chile & Argentina 8 $2188

All our Chile trips

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Visit South America and travel through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile. Visit the Amazon, Machu Picchu,...
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Travel to the ends of the earth to witness the dramatic beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula and discover the...
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Embark on an adventure of a lifetime while crossing the Antarctic Circle. Discover South Shetland’s King George...
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Travel to the ends of the earth to witness the dramatic beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula and discover the...
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Visit Antarctica and travel through the Drake Passage and the South Shetland Islands.
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Embark on an adventure of a lifetime while crossing the Antarctic Circle. Discover South Shetland’s King George...
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This voyage of a lifetime gives you unparalleled access to the white shores of Antarctica. Fly from Punta Arenas to...
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Prepare yourself for the ultimate South American adventure starting in Ecuador. From the dizzying heights of the...
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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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Get off the tourist trail on this extraordinary adventure through Bolivia and Argentina. Visit historic Potosi,...
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Get off the tourist trail on this extraordinary adventure through Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. Visit historic Potosi...
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Trek through South America's Patagonia region on an overland trip to Chile and Argentina. Discover the beauty and...
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Take an active adventure tour through Chile and Argentina's spectacular Lake District. Visit Pucon, San Martin de los...
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Uncover the many faces of South America on a tour through Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. Cities, beaches and...
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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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See the Inca Empire travelling in South America through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. From the Amazon...
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Visit South America and travel through Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay. Visit Potosi, Salar de Uyuni,...
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Visit South America and travel through Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. Visit Potosi, Salar de Uyuni, Buenos...
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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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Tour Patagonia and discover one of the world's most amazing regions. Travel from Santiago to Ushuaia and explore...
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From Santiago's historical centre to a celebrated nearby winery, this captivating stopover shows you the wealth of...
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Visit South America and travel through Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. Tour Santiago, Mendoza, Cafayate and Salta....
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Discover the very best of South America on this awesome travel adventure. Explore the ever-changing landscape and...
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Visit South America and travel through Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. Follow the Inca trail and...
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Visit South America and travel through Argentina and Chile, from Santiago to Buenos Aires via Ushuaia. Experience...
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Visit South America and travel through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and Brazil. Follow the Inca trail,...
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Go Overland from Lima to Rio with Intrepid Travel. Uncover hidden treasures from Peru to Brazil via Bolivia and...
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Venture into the wilds of Chilean Patagonian on a hiking trip through Torres del Paine National Park. Witness vast,...
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Spend over five weeks travelling through the delights of South America – from the elegant capital of Ecuador, through...
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Chile trip reviews

Our Chile trips score an average of 4.58 out of 5 based on 244 reviews in the last year.

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Articles on Chile

Chile is South America’s unsung hero

Posted on Thu, 18 Dec 2014

If you could trace a beaten track through South America, there’s a good chance you won’t find the wilds of Chile anywhere near it.

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Seven essential things to do on any Chilean holiday

Posted on Fri, 21 Nov 2014

We went to Chile and searched high and low for unmissable adventures for anyone passing through this incredible country.

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Getting a taste of Chile festivals on holiday

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

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


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

All passengers with passports from Australia and Mexico must pay a reciprocity tax before entering Interpol control. The amounts are as follows:
Australia - US$117
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: Travel Insurance
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:

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:

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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