A country of extraordinary natural beauty, Chile stretches from the salt lakes and red sand of the Atacama Desert in the north, to the glaciers and dramatic granite pillars of Torres del Paine in the Patagonian south. It also includes remote and mysterious Easter Island. Extending some 4,300 kilometres down the south-western Pacific coast of South America, the average width of the mainland, from the sea to the Andes, is just 180 kilometres (100 miles). Holidays to Chile offer visitors an unbeatable array of jaw-achingly beautiful landscapes as well as varied activities. Whether you are cruising through the fjords, skiing during the northern hemisphere’s summer, trying out delicious wines, hiking in Torres del Paine or exploring the salt flats and geysers of the Atacama, Chile holidays are guaranteed to be a thrilling experience.
In the north of Chile lies the unique Atacama Desert. Not only is it the driest place on earth, but also one of the most unforgettable. From the town of San Pedro de Atacama, you can visit vivid red desert landscapes, Altiplanic lagoons and the Valley of the Moon.
Santiago & the Central Valley
The modern capital, Santiago, is one of the most enjoyable in South America. It's close to Chile’s world-renowned vineyards in the Central Valley, and for those seeking an adrenaline rush, it's an easy transfer to some of the country’s best ski slopes. Read more about Santiago.
Valparaiso - Pacific Coast
Perched on the Pacific coast, to the west of Santiago, Valparaiso has long been a favourite destination for artists and poets and more recently as a stopover for tourists on a Chile holiday or tour. The town is close enough to be visited from the capital on a day trip but is also a delightful place to stay on a tour of the country with much to explore, including a maze of picturesque streets, lively port and elegant restaurants and friendly cafés.
The Lake District
To the south of the Central Valley in the Andean foothills, the spectacularly beautiful Lake District is Chile’s prime holiday region. The small rural town of Puerto Varas that overlooks Lake Llanquihue and the Osorno Volcanoe is the best place to base yourself in the region. From here you can also drive to Chiloe Island, renowned for its brightly coloured wooden churches.
Patagonia & Torres del Paine
Shared by Chile and Argentina, Patagonia is located at the base of South America and takes in the southern end of the Andes. Balmaceda is considered to be the gateway to the northern edges of Chilean Patagonia. This is a less visited, remote region with ice fields, electric blue lakes and rugged Andean mountains, favoured by those looking for Chile holidays with a strong element of adventure.
Perhaps the most stark contrast to the arid deserts on Chile’s northern border with Bolivia is Torres del Paine, Chile’s most spectacular and well-known national park, which is located at the very far south of the country. It is famed for its impressive granite pillars, but
its awe-inspiring glaciers, vividly coloured lakes and rugged plains will also take your breath away. It’s perfect for hikers, horse riders and those who prefer to explore by boat. Read more about Chile Holidays toTorres del Paine, the gateway town of Punta Arenas and excursions to explore the fjords by boat.
Holidays to Chile - where to stay
Chile offers visitors fabulous accommodation even in the remotest areas. After you’ve had your fill of the country's beautiful panoramas by day, in the evenings it’s time to feast on Patagonian lamb or Pacific seafood, washed down with fine Chilean wines. See a selection of ideas on where to stay in Chile here. All our itineraries can be tailor-made with hotels and lodges to suit your specific likes. Talk with one of our Chile specialists for first-hand advice.
Chile holidays & tours
We have a wide selection of Chile holidays and tours carefully planned by our specialist South America team who visit the country regularly. These are itineraries that other customers have loved and are intended to provide a clear starting point. We can tailor-make any holiday to suit special interests and time frames. We also offer a tour with shared excursions - Chile Express - which we also run twice a year exclusively for Rainbow Tours customers.
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