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Chile Travel Guide

Chile, a long and narrow country stretching along South America's western edge, is a land of stunning contrasts and natural beauty. Chile-guided tours offer an extraordinary opportunity to explore this diverse nation, from the arid Atacama Desert in the north to the icy glaciers of Patagonia in the south. The appeal of touring Chile lies in its unique landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and vibrant cities like Santiago and Valparaíso. Whether you're seeking adventure in the wild, an exploration of vineyards, or a journey through history and culture, tours to Chile cater to every interest. The country's unique geography ensures that every part of Chile presents a different aspect of its beauty and charm, making it a sought-after destination for travelers around the world. Join a guided tour and prepare to be captivated by the many wonders that Chile has to offer. With tour operator volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 40% versus assembling the same itinerary on your own! Book your Chile tour today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted tour headquarters. View Chile Tour Deals and Discounts

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Chile Tours Highlights

  • Easter Island: A highlight of tours to Chile, Easter Island, or Rapa Nui is renowned for its mysterious Moai statues. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is steeped in history and culture, with its gigantic stone figures attracting visitors from around the globe. Exploring the island on a guided tour provides a deep dive into the intriguing history of the Rapa Nui people and their remarkable achievements.
  • Torres del Paine National Park: For nature lovers, no Chile tour experience is complete without a visit to Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia. Known for its dramatic mountain peaks, bright blue icebergs, and golden pampas, the park is a paradise for hikers and photographers alike. Chile tours to this region offer breathtaking views and encounters with diverse wildlife.
  • Atacama Desert: The Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on Earth, offers a stark yet beautiful landscape. With salt flats, hot springs, geysers, and star-filled skies, it's a surreal destination on Chile guided tours. The Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) is particularly famous for its lunar-like terrain, offering a unique experience under the setting sun.
  • Valparaíso: Valparaíso, a port city on Chile's coast, is famed for its colorful houses and street art. Its historic quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where vibrant streets and a bustling seaport tell stories of the city's maritime past. Touring Chile isn't complete without experiencing Valparaíso's bohemian culture and picturesque landscapes.

Chile Tours Travel Tips

  • Speak Spanish! Spanish is the official language in Chile, so most people will only communicate in the language. Visiting major tourist destinations will be easier for non-Spanish speakers, but a little Spanish is helpful when traveling off the beaten path.
  • Pack appropriate clothing. The weather can vary significantly if you're traveling from Santiago to Patagonia, for example, so bring a jacket just in case.
  • Be aware of the change in altitude when traveling around Chile. The Andes region has a very high elevation, so it may cause discomfort or illness if you're unprepared. There are several remedies and pharmacies to medication

Chile Tours Things To Do

  • Tour the famous buildings surrounding the Plaza de Armas
    Tour the famous buildings surrounding the Plaza de Armas

    Santiago's city layout is built around the centrally-located Plaza de Armas. Plaza de Armas is the most famous square in the capital – a social and political hub. It's surrounded by lots of notable buildings and a great place to visit for people watching. Plaza de Armas features famous buildings like the Governor's Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, and Cabildo. The square is a beautiful sight with 100 Chilean palm trees, a large Chilean flag, and vendors selling art.  

    Best Time To Visit

    Plaza de Armas is one of the busiest areas in Santiago. The daytime is the best time to go to see a lot of local activity and even see some creative street performers.

  • Visit Torres del Paine National Park to see the picturesque Patagonia landscape
    Visit Torres del Paine National Park to see the picturesque Patagonia landscape

    Visit Torres del Paine National Park to see why it's considered one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The park is located in southern Chile in the Patagonia region. It's the largest and most visited national park in Chile for visitors to enjoy the outdoors in the diverse landscape. Torres del Paine National Park is an extensive park covered with mountains, glaciers, rivers, valleys, etc. The name derives from the famous three peaks of the Cordillera Paine. It also features several other points of interest like Glacier Grey and French Valley. Some of the favorite activities to do in the park include hiking, sightseeing, and camping.  

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to experience Torres del Paine National Park is between September to April. The months have the best climate for exploring the outdoors of Patagonia. The long days provide lots of time to see the sights, and the weather is moderate enough, even in the higher elevation areas.

  • Taste delicious wines in the Casablanca Wine Region
    Taste delicious wines in the Casablanca Wine Region

    Wine lovers will have an excellent time in Chile exploring the Casablanca Wine Region. The region is known for producing some of the world-famous wine styles, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. Visitors can tour many of the major wineries for tasting and seeing behind the scenes. Casablanca Wine Region is just outside of Santiago, where the cool climate is perfect for growing grapes. Wineries line the valley to form a wine tour route, which gives an excellent overview of the various wines produced in the region.  

    You Should Know

    If you're planning to do a self-guided exploration of the wine tour route, you will need to call ahead to make reservations to see the winery. You'll have various experiences from sipping wine from a terrace overlooking the countryside or touring around the farms to see the wine production process.

  • Climb to the top of San Cristobal Hill for the best viewpoint overlooking Santiago
    Climb to the top of San Cristobal Hill for the best viewpoint overlooking Santiago

    The best view of Santiago is from the summit of San Cristobal Hill, the second-highest point in the city. San Cristobal Hill rises over 850 meters above the city providing sweeping views of Santiago and the Andes Mountains. San Cristobal Hill encompasses most of the Santiago Metropolitan Park, the city's largest urban park – it measures more than twice the size of New York's Central Park! In addition to the views, one of the most notable features of the hill is the giant Virgin Mary statue at the peak.  

    You Should Know

    San Cristobal Hill is a great place to enjoy the views and has a lot of attractions you won't want to miss. Some of the features include an amphitheater, chapel, Chilean National Zoo, and a wine museum. Visitors can reach the summit via two methods: walking up the hill or taking the cable car. Be sure to check the operation times for the cable car; otherwise, you'll have to descend the hill another way.

  • Trek the vast Atacama Salt Flats to see unique rock formations
    Trek the vast Atacama Salt Flats to see unique rock formations

    Chile's largest desert is unique compared to what you typically think of as desert terrain. The Atacama Salt Flats, or Salar de Atacama, are naturally formed salt plains covering approximately 3,000 square kilometers. It's the third-largest salt flat in the world and a scenic place to visit for tourists. Atacama Salt Flats is located 2,300 meters above sea level. Some of the natural sights include rock formations and lagunes, while some of the common animals to see are flamingos and vicunas.  

    You Should Know

    Atacama Salt Flats is an excellent photo opportunity. On one side, the Andes mountain range borders the flats; on the other end, volcanos line the flats. On clear days, you can see a perfect reflection of the sky in the salt.

  • Find your favorite piece of graffiti in the streets of Valparaiso
    Find your favorite piece of graffiti in the streets of Valparaiso

    Take a day trip from Santiago to see the incredible graffiti artwork decorating Valparaiso. Thanks to the local art scene, Valparaiso is a cultural hub and supported by the local government. Today, art lines every nook and cranny of the seaport town. Valparaiso is a hilly town made famous because of the art. The graffiti creates a colorful collage of world-class art to decorate everything from restaurants to office buildings to stairs and throughout the communities. Two of the most popular places to see art is Templeman Street and Bellavista, which hosts an open-air museum.  

    You Should Know

    There are several walking art tours available when you visit Valparaiso to see some of the city's most famous artworks. A tour isn't necessary as there is art everywhere you look.

  • Take a day trip to Viña del Mar to enjoy a day at the beach
    Take a day trip to Viña del Mar to enjoy a day at the beach

    Chile's extensive coastline has plenty of places to enjoy the beach, but a favorite for locals and tourists is Viña del Mar. Located near Santiago, Viña del Mar is the perfect beach getaway to have some fun in the ocean or explore some beachfront venues. Viña del Mar has several great beaches to choose between for finding the perfect one. Reñaca Beach is a top beach lined with cafes and bars. It's one of Chile's best-surfing spots with a clean beach for relaxing and watching the sunset. Cochoa Beach is another favorite that also has a lookout at the observation deck. Visitors can see views of the rocky coastline or spot sea lions and penguins.  

    Best Time To Visit

    Because of its proximity to Santiago, Viña del Mar is a popular summertime destination for locals looking for a quick beach vacation. The beaches can get crowded during the peak travel season, but there are many beach options to find space to relax. For example, Las Salinas Beach is one-mile long, so it's plenty of room to space out.

  • See the Serrano glacier up close when you ride on a Patagonia glacier cruise
    See the Serrano glacier up close when you ride on a Patagonia glacier cruise

    Glaciers are one of the unique formations in the Patagonia region, which make excellent destinations for adventurous travelers. Take a cruise from inside Torres del Paine National Park to see the Serrano glacier up close – it's the most-visited glacier in the park. Serrano glacier cruises are widely available to see multiple perspectives of the glacier as it continues to carve out its path in the landscape. Cruise through the Ultima Esperanza Sound to see the glacier from a water view; the cruises stop off for a short hike to see the glacier from land.  

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to see the glacier is anytime except the winter. Although the cruises still operate, weather conditions prohibit tourists from hiking to the glacier, so you won't get the full experience.

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Quick Facts

Chile has an average temperature range of the mid-80s in the summer and the low-60s in the winter. Patagonia, the southern region, is the coldest region in Chile, especially with the Andes higher elevation.

  • Summer – December to February – Best Season

    Summertime in Chile is the peak travel season. Tourists enjoy visiting during the season to get the best weather for enjoying the outdoors. It's the sunniest time of year, warm and dry, making it great to explore the Patagonia region or hang out in the sunny Santiago.

  • Fall – March to May – Good Season

    The weather is great during the fall, and it falls outside of the busy tourist season. You'll get a more authentic look at Chile, especially when visiting popular attractions.

  • Winter – June to August – Low Season

    Winter is the coldest season in Chile. Many regions, such as the Andes, get a lot of rain or snow, depending on your elevation.

  • Spring – September to November – Good Season

    Springtime gets similar moderate weather to the Fall season, but many people prefer to visit in the Spring. Spring is when you can experience more of Chile's beauty with lush vegetation growing all around the country. It's also the perfect time to visit the wine region.

Chile Tours Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Chile Tours?

    Chile Tours offers the best travel packages to Chile. Plan an excursion to South America to visit the incredible sights in Chile – explore the landmarks in Plaza de Armas in Santiago, take photos of street art in Valparaiso, or hike the Andes mountain range in Patagonia. Chile Tours offers an opportunity to discover the best of Chile!

  • How many days should you spend in Chile?

    Chile has a lot of things to see and do for tourists. From major cities to natural regions, you'll have a full itinerary during your Chile vacation. Tours vary in the amount of time you'll spend in Chile. Spend a day or two in Chile to get a glimpse of the country or stay for a few days to immerse yourself into the Chilean experience!

  • What’s included on a Chile Tour?

    Chile Tours combines a full adventure in South America. Tours include trips to nearby countries, including Brazil, Argentina, and Peru. You'll get to sample all of the best countries in South America to decide your favorite!

  • How much do Chile tours cost?

    Chile is a very budget-friendly country, so you can find great deals on tour packages. We give you the best prices when booking tours to Chile. Travel to Chile or include multiple countries for an unbeatable price. Chile Tours offers prices for all travelers, so you can start planning your trip to Chile with confidence today!

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Reviews for Chile Tours and Vacations

The tour guide supplied us with a 12 oz bottle of drinking water per day to drink and brush our teeth, etcetera. We were told that we should not drink the water in the countries we visited and to buy the required extra water at local stores. "The National Academies of Sciences is another organization that weighs in on the amount of water you should drink each day, stating that about 2.7 liters for women and 3.7 liters of water for men per day are about right. That would be about 5-6 bottles of water for women and 7-8 bottles for men." These amounts may be more than is required but we were quite active on our tours and more than a 12 oz bottle of drinking water was required. A few cases of bottled water to share with the group would not cost that much. We have taken many tours with Cosmos, Gate 1 and other operators and have always been encouraged to drink extra water and it was supplied for the asking on every bus tour. In addition we had paid for several tours offered by Cosmos and the tour guide canceled several of them with no suggestions for alternative tours and my wife and I were able to book tours for us (and several other of the group) with Viator. The sites were fantastic, particularly Iguazu Falls and Easter Island but the Cosmos firm and guide fell short.

David L

Excellent itinerary with wonderful tour guides in every location. The hotels were up to the usual Globus standards.

Glenn G

Nice to travel with small group. We had a good time and develop friendship during this trip. Most have the same interest like food and places visited.

Ernesto G

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