Chile Holidays: An Overview

Imagine a country where all the world's climatic and topographical variations are represented in a thin ribbon of land and you have Chile.

Will, Hero and Ysobel are here to help give you the inside track.

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...

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.


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Original Highlight

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

A note on price

Chile doesn't come cheap, but don't let that put you off! Many of the hotels are all-inclusive (meals and excursions included), so you usually don't need to worry about expenses when you are there. A two week luxury holiday to Chile staying at some of our top choice hotels could cost around £6,000 per person. Learn more about our pricing

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Language

Spanish; Castilian

Currency

Argentine Peso

Visa Requirements

Not required

Religion

Christian

Food & Drink

Fish, seafood and vegetables, wines

What to pack

Sunglasses to protect from the sun and any dust blowing around

Flight from London

14:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -4 hrs


Top picks for Chile

EcoCamp Patagonia

EcoCamp Patagonia

Torres del Paine National Park

Located in the stunning Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia, the Eco Camp offers the perfect compromise between hotel accommodation and camping.

Where to stay

Awasi

Awasi

Atacama Desert

Awasi is an intimate luxury-in-the-desert hotel that ranks with South America’s best retreats.

Where to stay

Santiago Fire Station at Plaza de Armas

Santiago & Central Valley

Chile

Spend a couple of days exploring the Chilean capital itself before enjoying its surrounding attractions; coast, Andes and vineyards.

Where to go

Patagonia Jeep Expedition

Patagonia Jeep Expedition

Torres del Paine National Park

Take an overland expedition by Jeep and travel wild Patagonia in style with luxury and comfort. Explore the large and diverse region and experience the joy of seeing nature in its purest form.

What to do

Awasi Patagonia

Awasi Patagonia

Torres del Paine National Park

This luxury lodge in Patagonia provides an unrivalled base from which to discover the wild and remote Torres del Paine National Park.

Where to stay

Torres del Paine National Park - Chile

Torres del Paine National Park

Chile

Chile's famous southern national park is so vast and pristine that even the smattering of excellent lodges have no impact on its wildlife.

Where to go

Explora Patagonia

Explora Patagonia

Torres del Paine National Park

Located in the renowned Torres del Paine National Park in the heart of Patagonia, Explora Patagonia must rank as one of the most spectacularly positioned hotels in the world.

Where to stay

Giant Moai at Sunset

Easter Island

Chile

Five hours west of the mainland, the island home of the giant moai statues is more Polynesian than Chilean.

Where to go

 Patagonia Camp

Patagonia Camp

Torres del Paine National Park

Patagonia Camp is an original, eco-friendly camp located amid spectacular surroundings on the shore of Lake Toro in Chilean Patagonia.

Where to stay

Tierra Patagonia

Tierra Patagonia

Torres del Paine National Park

Tierra Patagonia is just 15 minutes’ drive from the entrance to Torres del Paine National Park, set on a bluff where the pampas meet Lake Sarmiento, and with amazing views of the peaks of the national park.

Where to stay

Explora en Atacama

Explora en Atacama

Atacama Desert

In sweeping private grounds on the outskirts of the oasis town of San Pedro, the Atacama property “Hotel de Larache”, from the portfolio of renowned Chilean hotel group explora, is the best hotel in this region.

Where to stay

Osorno Volcano at Dusk in the Lake District

The Lake District

Chile

From Pucon in the north to Puerto Varas in the south, this is a spectacularly beautiful area, ideal for outdoors activities.

Where to go

The Singular Patagonia

The Singular Patagonia

Torres del Paine National Park

The Singular began life as a factory (a cold storage plant to be precise) in 1915. Opening as a luxury hotel at the end of 2011, this factory-come-hotel has lashings of charm.

Where to stay

Ski Portillo

Ski Portillo

Chile

Just two hour's drive from the capital Santiago, Portillo is the finest ski resort in Latin America, with a majestic Andean setting and superb powder conditions.

What to do

Licancabur Volcano

Atacama Desert

Chile

With an extremely unusual ecosystem, this is one of Chile's top attractions, offering a plethora of excursions from the sedate to the most active, and excellent tourist infrastructure.

Where to go

Tierra Atacama

Tierra Atacama

Atacama Desert

From the same sophisticated stable as ski resort Portillo and Tierra Patagonia, Tierra Atacama is an immaculate boutique hotel in the Atacama Desert.

Where to stay

Visit Valparaiso

Visit Valparaiso

Santiago & Central Valley

A visit to the Pacific coast just a couple of hour’s drive from Santiago makes for an enjoyable day’s outing. The journey takes you through mountain ranges and fertile farmland, orchards and citrus groves.

What to do

Cruceros Australis

Cruceros Australis

Torres del Paine National Park

The Cruceros Australis offers two vessels, the M/V Via Australis or M/V Stella Australis, which will take guests between the Chilean city of Punta Arenas and Ushuaia in Argentina.

Where to stay

We have been blown away by our first holiday with Original Travel in every sense and will be back in touch very soon to start organising our next trip!

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