Chile Vacations

Chile stretches 2700 miles from tip to tip and is never wider than 110 miles – but it more than makes up for its lack of gut with plenty of heart. The country has survived Spanish colonization, and more recently, the brutal military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, both of which contribute greatly to the present-day psyche here. Most visitors come ... Read more
to Chile looking for the unsung hero of South America, and they are rarely disappointed. For adventure travel junkies, the possibilities are endless. Ski the Andes at Portillo and then hit the waves for surfing that afternoon; explore the world’s driest desert, Atacama, in the northern portion of the country; or chill (literally) with the penguins at Cape Horn. Santiago is a happening city with a lively bar scene, as is Valparaiso, located just north of Santiago. Chile's Easter Island and their giant moai statues are one of the world's truly unique sights. Water is a constant when you've got over 3000 miles of coastline. Try sailing a catamaran from Puerto Montt, swimming in the alpine lakes of the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia or joining a cruise to Antarctica from Punta Arenas.

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Although it only looks like a tiny sliver of a country on a map, Chile’s great length means that it covers a huge number of different climates. As such, there is no one “golden” time to visit all of the ... Read more
different regions, but you can generally count on spring (September - November) and fall (March - May) to be a beautiful, peaceful time to see the country. Summer (December - February) sees throngs of other South American visitors pour onto the beaches, and the heat, especially in the desert areas to the north, can be overwhelming. Winter is good if you want to ski, but the snow can render other areas to the south of the country virtually impassible. If you are planning to head to Easter Island, it is also best to travel during the off seasons to ensure you don’t have trouble making a reservation.

Top Chile restaurants

  • Liguria
    Tapas/Small Plates
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  • El Huerto
    Vegetarian, Vegan
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  • La Piojera
    Latin, Bar
    Popular withFoodiesHistory
  • Tiramisu
    Italian, Pizza
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Didn't stay nearly long enough, Chile has a very different feel than many of the other countries in Latin America that I can't even quite put my finger on but I liked it.

San Francisco, California, USA

Chile is full of wonderful vistas, artisan crafts, incredible hikes and an amazing spice called merkén or merquén! Hit the "W" trek and float past the massive glaciers. Wander around Santiago and Puerto Natales.

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsBackpackersAdventure Travelers
New York City, New York State, USA

As a rule, Chileans tend to be friendly and welcoming, a plus for adventurous single travelers eager to explore this 3,000-mile-long country of deserts, mountains, and endless coastline. Whether you head north to the magical Atacama Desert or south to untrammeled Chiloé Island or Patagonia, save a little time for Santiago, safe and easy to navigate. You might well find yourself as a guest at a family asado, or Chilean barbecue—and becoming part of a local family may be the ultimate definition of a friendly country.

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Santiago, Chile

Every country is called beautiful by the people who visit it. But Chile's one of those places that is objectively more beautiful than most. It's all mountains, valleys and oceans. Also wine, culture and adventure. Patagonia and the Atacama Desert should be on every traveller's bucket list. Valparaiso is fascinating, artsy, and unlike anywhere else on the planet. Santiago is businesslike in the day and lively at night. It may not be as charmingly European as Buenos Aires, or as foodie as Lima, or as visually stunning as Rio de Janeiro, but Santiago is safe, fun and fucntional and a good jumping off place for adventures.

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Providencia, Santiago, Chile

I have lived in Chile for almost 9 years, mostly in Santiago, but now in Valparaiso. This is a wonderful place to visit, as Chileans love to show visitors their customs and favorite places to eat. Don't like friendly people? Chile isn't for you. English is limited here, but hospitality is not. Great bus transportation between Santiago and other cities, good airfares to cities up north or way down south.

London, UK

I lived here for 2 years, exploring the full length of the country. Still one of my favourite places on earth.

Downtown Orlando, Florida

Beautiful Country, friendly people and awesome geography!

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Foster City, California, USA
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
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Es bonito el pais, la infraestructura, pero la gente es muy fria, y los extranjeros no somos bienvenidos, a menos que seas europeo o gringo. Es DEMASAIDO caro, para lo que realmente te ofrece.