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Chile destination guide

Chile is an unusually long, narrow country that occupies about half of the west coast of the South American continent, 4300km (2700 miles) in length. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast and Argentina to the east. Chile stretches as far south as the southernmost tip of South America. The Andes mountain range stretches along most of Chile's eastern borders.

Facts - find out the country's currency, language, time zone, visa requirements etc...
Country Highlights - where to go, top tourist attractions
Best Times to Visit - when to go according to climate and other factors
Getting There & Around - search for flights to get there and how to get around
Where to Stay - find accommodation
Official Tourist Information
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Chile facts

Capital City: Santiago

Other Major Cities: Valparaíso, Concepción, La Serena, Antofagasta

Currency: Chile Peso (CLP)

Official Language(s): Spanish

Predominant Religion(s): Roman Catholic

Time Zone: GMT/UTC -4 (-3 mid-Oct to mid-Mar)

Drive on: right

Country Dialling Code: 56

Internet Country Code: .cl

Electrical Plugs: European Two-Pin 220V 50Hz

Visa Requirements: see our section on visas

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Chile tourist highlights and attractions

  • Torres del Paine National Park - awesome glacial mountain scenery, a great spot for trekking
  • Easter Island (Isla de Pascua) - for the fascinating stone statues
  • Tierra del Fuego - southernmost part of Chile with trekking and wildlife on offer
  • San Pedro de Atacama - quaint desert town near salt lakes, geysers and moon-like landscapes
  • Pucón - Chile’s adventure capital, surrounded by lakes, rivers and volcanos
  • Valparaíso - Enchanting port city with a chaotic charm all of its own
  • Talca - Fine wines and spectacular trekking country
  • Parque Nacional Lauca - lakes, volcanos, flamingos and vicuña
  • Santiago - Parque Metropolitano (inc. Cerro San Cristóbal for hilltop city views), Cerro Santa Lucia Park
  • Portillo - top ski resort
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Chile climate and when to go

Chile's climate differs significantly between the desert north and the temperate south. The north (see Antofagasta below) has almost no rain and pleasant temperatures year-round, but April to October sees some cloud and fog. Central Chile (see Santiago below) has warm and dry summers (November to March) but cool and wet winters. Southern Chile is wet and cloudy year-round with changeable weather - Punta Arenas (see below) in the far south is in the rain shadow of the Andes and therefore receives less rain than is typical of the region. Temperatures are highest in the antipodean summer (December to February). For the country overall, the best time to visit is during the warmer, drier months of November to March.

According to the climate, for general tourist visits the best months to go to Chile are shown below in green, the amber months are okay, and the red months represent the worst months due to less favourable climate conditions.

When to go to Chile

Antofagasta Climate Chart:

Antofagasta Climate Chart - Average Temperatures and Rainfall

Santiago Climate Chart:

Santiago Climate Chart - Average Temperatures and Rainfall

Punta Arenas Climate Chart:

Punta Arenas Climate Chart - Average Temperatures and Rainfall

Source: our climate chart data is obtained from the most reliable source available which in many cases is official data from the National Meteorological & Hydrological Service of the country. Climatological information provided here is usually based on monthly averages for a 30-year period. It should be noted that significant deviations from these average conditions can and do occur at any time.

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Chile flights and ground transport

No airlines operate between the UK and Chile directly, but it's easy to connect through Madrid or Miami using OneWorld alliance carriers.
For help finding flights to Chile, click here.

Santiago International Airport (SCL)
LAN - Chile's national carrier

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Chile accommodation

Find accommodation in Chile here.

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Chile official tourist information

Official Tourist Information Websites:

Turismo Chile

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Chile - further tourist info

Other Useful Websites:

Chile listings under UNESCO World Heritage
Portillo Ski Resort

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