Home to an astounding variety of landscapes and disparate climatic zones, Chile is a country that inspires adventure and invites discovery! Well known as the longest and thinnest country in the world, this narrow stretch of land is squeezed between the Andes in the east and the Pacific Ocean in the west. A further 2300 miles offshore is the mythical Easter Island, home of the mysterious moai statues and one of the most remote yet still inhabited places on the planet. With a heady mix of ancient culture, intriguing history, wild nature, captivating wildlife, dramatic landscapes and sophisticated cities, Chile truly has something to offer everyone!
We got to the base of the Paine Towers in the Patagonia National Park just as the clouds cleared and we could see the jagged peaks against the blue sky. What a spectacular moment!
Wander the leafy bohemian neighbourhoods of Lastarria and Bellavista in Santiago or go to the inimitable port city of Valparaiso for 19th century funiculars, colourful colonial mansions and cutting edge street art. South of Santiago there is The Lake District with its intriguing European settlement history and idyllic scenery. Adventure seekers will love Aisen and the Carretera Austral – Chile’s epic road and untouched lesser visited region. The legendary peaks of Patagonia and Torres del Paine are a mecca for hikers and the central vineyards attract wine connoisseurs. Culture and archeology enthusiasts will marvel at the mysterious moai statues on the remote Easter Island, 2300 miles off the coast. Up in the far north is the arid and alien landscape of the Atacama desert whilst in the far south the icy fjords are only accessible by expedition cruise.
Essential Chile Travel Information
Best time to go
The central region around Santiago enjoys a Mediterranean-like climate and can be visited all year round although in July and August temperatures can get down to the single figures. The autumn colours in the wine regions around April are beautiful.
Patagonia and the remote southern part of the country is best visited between October and April with the high season lasting from December to February. It is important to note that even during the high season the weather in Patagonia is notoriously unpredictable and you can often expect to experience four seasons in one day!
The north of the country and the Atacama desert is extremely dry and stays sunny most of the year. During the winter months of May until August the temperature drops considerably at night.
The Lake District receives a lot of rain band is best visited during spring and summer (October to March).
Easter Island has a subtropical climate and is drier from November to February and wetter from March to October.
No visas required for visiting Chile as a UK passport holder. On arrival you will be granted entry for up to 90 days. You may be asked to provide proof of onward or return travel, details of your accommodation and proof that you have sufficient funds to cover your stay. Your passport needs to be valid for the duration of your stay. On arrival to Chile you will be given an A5 sized white tourist card which you need to keep and present to immigration upon departure.
The local currency is the Chilean Peso. ATM’s are widely available in towns and cities and most major credit and debit cards are accepted.
4 hours behind GMT on the mainland and 6 hours behind GMT on Easter Island. There are two time zones in Chile, one on the mainland and one on Easter Island.
You should confirm with your doctor that all courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in Britain. For Chile the course or booster that is usually advised is Hepatitis A. Other vaccines to be considered are Diphtheria, Hepatitis B and Tetanus.
There is no yellow fever vaccination or certificate required for Chile and malaria is not present in Chile.
Disclaimer: All the information we provide here is purely for guidance purposes and we are not medical experts. We always recommend that you make an appointment with your doctor 6-8 weeks before departure who will be able to properly assess your personal medical history, give accurate advice and advise on exactly which immunisations or medical precautions you need to take.
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