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Chile

Chile

From Patagonian fjords to the driest desert on earth

Sandwiched between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, Chile is the world’s longest country from north to south, an immense 4,620km, yet averages just 175km across. Capped by glacial fjords at one end and sunbaked deserts at the other, Chile is always an adventure.

Its cool southern tip is marked by Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn, where the Atlantic and Pacific meet, as mountains rise out of frigid fjords at the edge of Patagonia to form hundreds of islands. Follow a string of 17 awe-inspiring national parks north – the sheer peaks of Torres del Paine, immense glaciers of Laguna San Rafael and forests of Queulat to name just a few. Home to wildlife such as puma and guanaco, and a mix of cultures including the indigenous Mapuche people, horse-riding ‘huaso’ ranchers and remote fishing communities, it is a fascinating place to explore.

Cross the Chilean Lake District, a lush region of temperate rainforests and snowcapped volcanoes, into the Central Valley where you’ll find rolling hills and green vineyards on your way to the capital, Santiago, always with the Andes looming to the east.

The landscape gradually dries into the Atacama Desert as you continue north, a desiccated and starkly beautiful place that resembles the Martian surface so closely that NASA test rovers here. A sprinkling of oasis towns, such as San Pedro, are remote hubs from which to explore this otherworldly wilderness.

What's the weather like?

When to visit Chile

The best time to visit Chilean Patagonia and the Lake District – the south – is between October and April when the weather is pleasant and trails free of snow. The Central Valley, Santiago and Atacama are year-round destinations.
  • 26
    °C
    5
    MM
    Central summer
    October - April
  • 17
    °C
    66
    MM
    Central winter
    May - September
  • 12
    °C
    35
    MM
    Patagonia summer
    October - April
  • 6
    °C
    36
    MM
    Patagonia winter
    May - September

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