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Reasons to Visit

Chile has the Atacama mountain desert in the North, the glaciers and fjords of Patagonia in the south and a central, temperate Lake Region.

Few South American countries boast a landscape and climate as diverse as Chile. Although on average only 180 kilometres wide, it stretches over 4,000 kilometres from north to south which, in European terms, represents a distance and range of climates from Norway’s icy northern tip to the barren sands of the Sahara Desert in Africa. In between, Chile offers fertile valleys well-known for their high quality wines, and serene lakes with a backdrop of snow-capped volcanoes and the Andes mountain range.

Santiago offers a rewarding mix of grand European architecture, contemporary restaurants, galleries and hotels and compelling 20th century history. Tucked away in the Pacific ocean, the enigmatic Moai statues of Easter Island.

We invite you to browse our selection of escorted Chile holidays below. These itineraries aim to showcase the best of the country, based on our first-hand experiences and those of our travellers over time. All can be tweaked to suit your personal interests and aims - please call us to discuss your trip and ask us your questions.

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Need some help with your trip? Nick Goodchild has travelled extensively across Chile and can help with his knowledge and expertise of the attractions and services available.

Diverse Landscapes

Contrast the salt flats, geysers and moonscapes of the arid north with the lakes, glaciers and temperate forests of Patagonia.

Walking & Activities

Chile's Hiking trails reveal chiseled peaks, sparkling lakes, snow-capped volcanoes and temperate forests.

Patagonia Cruises

Expedition cruises carry intrepid like-minded travellers to the remote reaches of Patagonia. Encounter immense glaciers, verdant forests, penguin colonies and traditional communities.

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Where to Visit in Chile
Popular locations and hidden gems

Atacama Desert

The Atacama is a popular region of cinematic rock formations, billowing geysers and expansive salt flats.

Santiago de Chile

Santiago is situated at the foot of the Andes, with nearby wine tasting and hiking opportunities.

Valparaiso

Perched on the hillside and connected by a labyrinth of streets, staircases and lookout points, Valparaiso is filled with bea…

Santa Cruz Vineyards

Santa Cruz provides a base from which you can explore the largest wine region in Chile, producer of an outstanding array of r…

Puerto Varas & Lake District

The ideal base from which to discover the alpine scenery, German heritage and fishing communities of the region.

Pucón & Lake District

Mountain town on the shore of Lake Villarica in the heart of the beautiful Lake District and overlooked by a snow-capped act…

Chiloe

The archipelago is known for its fishing traditions, charming stilt houses, wooden Jesuit churches and penguin colonies.

Northern Ice Field Skorpios II Cruise

Cruise through stunning fjords to lush mountains, sculptured icebergs, colourful fishing villages to the spectacular San Rafa…

Southern Ice Field Skorpios III Cruise

Follow the Kawaskar route from Puerto Natales through the fjords, bays and immense glaciers of the Southern Patagonian Ice Fi…

Torres del Paine

Snow-covered mountains, dense forest, turquoise lakes and electric-blue icebergs await in Torres del Paine.

Tierra del Fuego & Cape Horn Cruises

Tierra del Fuego embraces the romantic wilderness of Patagonia, a land of glaciers, immense granite massifs, and the barren,…

Easter Island

Easter Island, is one of the world's most remote inhabited islands and is home to the unique Polynesian culture which created…

Arica and Lauca National Park

A port city in northern Chile, famed for its surfing beaches and gateway to the beautiful Lauca National Park

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7 key elements of a Tierra del Fuego Australis cruise

Tierra del Fuego is a land of epic glaciers, pristine forests, remote penguin colonies and mythical Cape Horn.

Cape Horn: Life at latitude 50

Ever wondered what life is like at the end of the world? Visit Cape Horn on an expedition cruise and evoke the spirit of thos…

A journey along the Andes

From the icy waters of Patagonia to the misty cloud forests of the equator, journey along the world's longest mountain range.…

5 ways to explore the Chilean Lake District

Discover the best things to do in the Chilean Lake District, a region of temperate forests, Germanic heritage and towering vo…

Where to see penguins in the wild

Want to see penguins in the wild? Well South America is home to the Humboldt, Magellanic, Rockhopper, Gentoo, King and Galapa…

Where to see Condors in South America

Wondering where to see condors? Find out five of the best places in South America to see the majestic birds soaring at close…

Alternative honeymoons: 10 of the best

We present some of our favourite places for alternative honeymoons or special anniversary celebrations in South and Central A…

Top 7 things to do and places to visit in Chile

Get the run-down on the best places to visit in Chile and the memorable travel experiences on offer at each with our expert g…

Top 5 places to go in Patagonia

Discover the top things to do in Patagonia. Choose from places to go such as Tierra del Fuego, Lake District & much more.

Epic adventures in the Land of Extremes

Nine record-breaking Latin American phenomenons to fire your imagination

7 ways to experience Santiago

Get to know the history, culture and local life in the Chilean capital with our guide to the best ways to experience Santiago…

18 ways to deal with high altitude

18 tips to help you deal with the effects of altitude sickness on the Altiplano; where it occurs and how to not let it spoil…

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