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Chile Tours

Our Chile tours explore a land of spectacular geography and scenery, including harsh deserts, fertile valleys, breathtaking icefields and towering peaks.

A narrow strip of land between the high Andes and the Pacific Ocean, Chile stretches an incredible 4,300 km from north to south. Chilean society is a mix of indigenous peoples and European settlers, mainly of Spanish heritage.

Visit beautiful cities like Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, explore the remarkable high altitude Atacama Desert from the quaint village of San Pedro, or relax in the idyllic scenery of the Lake District. Southern Patagonia offers amazing wilderness, from the dramatic granite peaks of the Torres del Paine to the icefields of the deep south, best visited by cruise ship. And let’s not forget Easter Island with its mysterious statues, 3,000 km off the coast but still administratively, a part of Chile.

To find out more about our range of suggested Chile tours, please download specific pages below or click here to download the full Chile section of our South America brochure.

For information on the Chilean region of Patagonia, please click here. For information on our programs on Easter Island, please click here.

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Santiago

Colonial Architecture and Fine Dining in Santiago

Santiago is one of South America’s most important cities, with grand public buildings, churches and museums, excellent shopping and plenty of dining options.

Visit the bohemian Bellavista district, and take the trolley to the top of San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views of the Andes. Locals are called “Santiaguinos” and you can experience the city just like one, on a tour which incorporates travelling on the metro and good local restaurants. Santiago is also a gateway to wineries, picturesque towns like Vina del Mar and Valaparaiso, as well as the rest of Chile.
Chile Tours Lakes District

Explore Lovely Lakes District

Travel from Puerto Montt to the lakes, forests and mountains of Chile’s famous Lakes District.

Visit the scenic town of Puerto Varas which features views of the Osorno Volcano, Llanquihue Lake, Vicente Perez Rosales National Park and Lake Todos los Santos, the Emerald Lake. Explore by car, boat, kayak or on foot. This is also the start of the famous Lakes Crossing by catamaran and bus to Bariloche in Argentina. For more details, visit the Patagonia section of our website.
Atacama Desert

Atacama Desert, The World’s Driest Region

With its stunning natural and archeological wonders, Chile’s Atacama Desert is one of Earth’s most remarkable places.

This arid, high altitude plateau (altiplano) is a scenic wonderland of snow-capped volcanic mountains, wind sculpted canyons, glistening lagoons, shimmering salt flats, and steaming geysers. Experience all this from a boutique lodge or hotel in the quaint village of San Pedro. Take guided drives, hikes, horseback or mountain bike rides to explore the varied landscapes. Visit Moon Valley, the Tatio Geysers, pre-Columbian archaeological sites and see incredible sunsets over the salt flats and glassy lagoons.
Patagonia and the Torres del Paine

Patagonia and the Torres del Paine

Extraordinarily beautiful, Chilean Patagonia harbours some of our planet’s last remaining untouched wilderness areas.

Its towering mountains, giant glaciers, waterfalls, lakes and forests will take your breath away. The Torres del Paine National Park is famous for its soaring granite spires, and seemingly designed for outdoor adventure. Hike in the shadow of ragged peaks with condors circling overhead, and pass herds of wild guanacos en route to lakes, waterfalls and glaciers. The area has a number of excellent boutique hotels and lodges.
Southern Patagonian Icefields Cruise

Cruise The Southern Patagonian Icefields

The best way to experience the majestic wilderness of Chile’s remote south is by comfortable expedition cruise ship.

The Chonos route takes in the island-studded Gulf of Corcovado and the immense San Rafael Glacier which calves into the sea. The Kaweskar Route navigates a labyrinth of fjords and ice floes to view 15 huge glaciers amid scenery reminiscent of Antarctica. You can also cruise the very tip of South America, traversing the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Magellan Strait and the Beagle Channel, visiting Pia Glacier and Glacier Alley.
Easter Island

Easter Island

The beautiful and mysterious Easter Island is the most isolated place on earth, lying some 3,000 km off the coast of Chile.

With volcanic craters, lava formations, white sand beaches and of course, the gigantic and enigmatic stone statues known as ‘moai’, few destinations on earth evoke so many questions. These monuments only found only Easter Island are some of the most incredible ancient relics ever discovered. Explore iconic sites such as Ahu Tongariki with its 15 massive moai, or the Rano Kau volcano and Orongo, centre of a Bird Man cult.

Chile Sample Itineraries

Our selection of Chile tours include city stays, boutique hotels, wilderness lodges, outdoor adventures and cruises. Choose from one of our featured itineraries or let us custom design a tour to suit your to suit your interests, style and budget. To find out more about the type of Chile experience we can put together for you, please download pages below.

Santiago City Stay

Santiago City Stay

Stopover in Chile’s capital, Santiago, with its mix of modern and Spanish colonial buildings, excellent shopping and restaurants. A half day city tour includes San Francisco Church, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral and San Cristobal Hill, which offers sweeping views over Santiago.

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Valparaíso & Viña del Mar

Valparaíso & Viña del Mar

Visit the vibrant and unique port city of Valparaíso, famous for its colourful and very photogenic hillside neighbourhoods. Also visit the beautiful town of Viña del Mar, known as ‘The Garden City’ for its manicured boulevards and beautiful public gardens set by the ocean.

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Atacama

Atacama

Discover snow-capped volcanoes, dramatic wind sculpted mountains and richly hued gorges in Chile’s Atacama Desert. This surreal destination is best explored from the oasis village of San Pedro, which is close to the famous Atacama salt flats, Moon Valley and a number of magical lagoons.

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Easter Island

Easter Island

Easter Island (Rapa Nui) is the most isolated place on earth, 3000 km off the coast of Chile. Best known for its enigmatic stone statues (moai), the island also offers interesting volcanic formations, white sand beaches and crystal clear waters ideal for swimming and scuba diving.

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Chilean Patagonia

Chilean Patagonia

Chilean Patagonia offers dramatic landscapes of islands, glaciers, icebergs and mountains. Among the other wondrous sites in this remarkable region are the Torres del Paine, a spectacular mountain range, the southern icefields and San Rafael Glacier. Stay at the amazing EcoCamp within the Torres del Paine National Park or at a cosy lodge in a charming alpine village.

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Patagonia Cruising

Patagonia Cruises

Explore the spectacular natural wonders of Patagonia aboard a comfortable cruise ship. View colossal glaciers, immense icebergs and craggy fjords. You may encounter numerous seabirds, seals and penguins as you navigate through the islands, channels and inlets of this icy wilderness. Cruises depart from Puerto Montt, Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas.

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Chile Overview

Why Chile: When it comes to awesome scenery and untouched wilderness, Chile is hard to beat. From dry deserts to lush forests, gentle lakes and glimmering icefields, this country has it all.

Culture: Chile’s rich, diverse culture is influenced as much by its indigenous and European peoples, as the varied landscape. Art, literature, folk music, dance and festivals are all central to Chilean society.

When to Go: Chile’s climate varies with latitude. The Atacama is dry and sunny, hot in summer and cold at night in winter. Central Chile has a pleasing Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and wet, mild winters. Southern Patagonia receives plenty or rain, with cool, windy summers and cold winters.

Combine With: Neighbouring Argentina, particularly when visiting the Patagonia region. Chile also combines well with Peru, where you can visit Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu or experience the Amazon rainforest at a secluded eco-lodge.

Getting There: Most travellers into South America from Australia will fly via Sydney and/or Auckland into Santiago.

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