Santiago isn't the most visited of Latin American cities, but with lots of great new barrios cleaning themselves up, and fantastic restaurants, bars, shops and hotels opening all over the place, Santiago is hot on Buenos Aires' heels - definitely worth an extended stopover.
Saskia, Original Traveller
Imagine a country where all the world's climatic and topographical variations are represented in a thin ribbon of land and you have Chile.
Why we think you’ll love it
- A holiday to Chile offers everything from deserts to glaciers and absolutely everything in between, it's impossible not to love at least something about Chile!
- Wine, food and more wine - you certainly won't go hungry (or thirsty) in Chile, whether you are at one of the top restaurants in Santiago or tucking into an empanada (bakery) in a local village. Plus, the enormous wine region ensures a steady supply of vino to wash it all down with...
- If you time it right, you could be skiing in the Andes in the morning, and surfing the Pacific waves in the afternoon. And there aren't many places you can say that about...
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Luxury Travel to Chile
Like a spine along the western seaboard of South America, Chile is over 2,500 miles long but never more than 150 miles at its widest point.
Did you know
- The word 'Chile' means 'where the land ends' in the native tongue
- Chile is the longest north-south trending country in the world with a length of over 4,600 km
- The Atacama Desert in north Chile is the driest place on earth; it did not rain there for 40 years
- About one billion pounds of food is shipped from Chile to North America every day
The Original Travel team are hot on Chile, having visited several times in the last few years, and can explain what best to see and do in this extraordinary destination. We can arrange a visit to the lunar landscapes of the Atacama Desert, which receives very little rainfall - a concept as close to inconceivable as is possible to the average Briton.
In contrast, the Lake District in the mid-south is a region of mountains, waterfalls and forest designed for the enjoyment of outdoor pursuits. While we're on the active subject, there is quality skiing in the Andes, and we recommend resorts like Portillo and Valle Nevado which are knee-deep in powder from June to August. Santiago, the capital, is a pivotal point, and to the south-west of the capital lies the outstanding (and hugely under-rated) wine-growing district of Central Valley.
Further south still we know all about where to stay and what to do in wild, desolate and quite magnificent Chilean Patagonia. Here we can organise trips to see glaciers running down to the ocean, and the forbidding peaks of Torres del Paine, a world biosphere reserve, towering over a series of lakes and rivers.
A journey through Chile can see you experiencing anything from ice flowing in the Antarctic South to parched deserts in the North. The Country is a filling of great culture, food, contrasting landscapes and wine sandwiched between the Pacific in the West and Andes in the East. Our Latin America team are here to help with every detail of your trip, and when it comes to a tailor made luxury holiday, Chile won't disappoint.