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Chile Tours and Holidays

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The country of Chile stretches over half of the South American continent, from the world’s driest desert to the massive glacial fields of Patagonia. Along the way you’ll find perfectly-shaped volcanoes, impressive geysers, snow-capped mountains and gorgeous lakes. However, there's more to Chile than untouched nature and outdoor adventure with hospitable people, a world-class wine culture and colourful modern cities.

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The Atacama Desert is a real highlight of our tours to Chile

Upcoming Chile Trips

Trip NameStartsDepartingFrom USDDealMap
South America Coast to Coast - 32 days Lima 08 Oct 2016 USD $9,089 South America Coast to Coast - 32 days Map
Lima to Santiago - 21 days Lima 08 Oct 2016 USD $5,529 Lima to Santiago - 21 days Map
Peru to Chile Express - 15 days Lima 14 Oct 2016 USD $4,129 Peru to Chile Express - 15 days Map
South American Express - 11 days Santiago 20 Oct 2016 USD $3,629 South American Express - 11 days Map
The Atacama Desert
The driest place on earth

The north of Chile is a vast expanse of parched lunar-like landscapes, epitomised by the Atacama Desert west of the Andes mountains. The rocky terrain is punctuated by salt lakes and eerie abandoned mining towns with wide-stretched and unbelievably clear skies ideal for stargazing when darkens descends. Discover this incredible scenery with our range of tours.

Chile Group Tours

Our adventurous group tours to Chile combine the highlights of Argentina, Bolivia and Peru as well. Group sizes are small with an average of 12 travellers, and travelling with us to Chile you'll get to immerse yourself in the local culture. We'll get around on local public transport and stay in a range of locally owned accommodation like simple hotels, homestays and guesthouses with lots of character.

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South American Express

11 days | FROM USD $3,629

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Peru to Chile Express

15 days | FROM USD $4,129

Kicking off in Lima, continue on to explore the world-famous Machu and...

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Lima to Santiago

21 days | FROM USD $5,529

Experience a different adventure every day with this unique journey to...

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South America Coast to Coast

32 days | FROM USD $9,089

Take in the highlights of South America in just 32 days on this tour...

Chile Private Tours

On our private tours to Chile, you’ll get to explore San Pedro de Atacama, get off the beaten track in the Atacama Desert, take in panoramic views from Punta Arenas and the jagged granite peaks of the Paine massif, explore Torres del Paine national park, see thousands of penguins and even get behind the wheel and self-drive through vineyards and Chile’s famed Lake District.

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Highlights of Bolivia

9 days | FROM USD $5,429

Travel from southern Peru into Bolivia, visit the Bolivian Highlands,...

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Atacama & the North

10 Days | FROM USD $4,979

Get off the beaten track in Chile’s northern reaches with this the...

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Santiago to Patagonia

14 days | FROM USD $7,099

Discover Chile in all its glorious natural beauty from the glittering...

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Vines Lakes & Volcan Escapes

14 days | FROM USD $4,829

Get behind the wheel for this classic self-drive tour of Chile from to...

Chile tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.67 out of 5 based on 3 recent reviews — See All Chile Reviews

Wilson was one of the best guides I have come across during any trip. He was always helpful and gave us a lot of insights of the countries we visited.

He even helped me apply for the Brazil visa as I couldn't do that in the home country. I was able to visit Brazil just because of his help.”  

Ronak Gupta • Submitted 20 Sep 2016

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Highlights of our trips to Chile

The Atacama Desert: A real highlight of our Chile tours is the Atacama Desert. Positioned amongst spectacular scenery of desert and altiplano in northern Chile, the small oasis village of San Pedro de Atacama is the tourist centre of the region and the gateway to the incredible Valley of the Moon, Chile's largest salt flat, the Salar de Atacama, and the steaming Tatio geysers.

Patagonia: At the very tip of the country is Chile's portion of Patagonia, a vast wind-swept land home to the unforgettable Torres del Paine National Park and the penguin colonies of Isla Magdelena and Seno Otway. Explore Torres del Paine National Park on our 14-day Santiago to Patagonia private tour of Chile.

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Recommended places to visit in Chile

The narrow sliver of a country that is Chile encompasses a surprising wealth of diversity when it comes to landscapes from the driest of deserts to the most perfect-looking of volcanoes and rugged mountains. Discover the best of Chile with our selection of top picks:

Arica

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Located on the coast in the far north of the country, the tranquil city of Arica enjoys sunshine year-round and is a popular resort with Chileans and their nearby Peruvian neighbours. It's here that you'll find the fascinating, if not rather creepy, Chinchorro mummies, which have been preserved for millennia and are now on display in the Archaeological Museum of San Miguel de Azapa.

Punta Arenas

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Situated in the far south of Chile, Punta Arenas makes the perfect base for intrepid explorers looking to venture in and around the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. The city itself is an appealing place, the streets buzzing with activity, particularly in its giant tax-free shopping zone. Another must-see is the cemetery, often acclaimed as one of the most beautiful in the world.

San Pedro de Atacama

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Sat amidst beautiful mountains in Chile's northern altiplano, the village of San Pedro de Atacama is the perfect base for exploring the numerous natural beauties that decorate the region from the dazzling salt flats to the otherworldly Valley of the Moon and the hugely impressive Tatio Geysers. These incredible landscapes are made even more so when you consider that San Pedro has not seen a drop of water since records began.

Santiago

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Comprised of dozens of thriving districts from the glitzy business areas to the more bohemian spots, Chile's capital of Santiago offers a diverse cultural landscape made even more appealing by the impressive natural backdrop of snowcapped mountains. It's also a city with its fair share of colonial architecture, interesting museums, vibrant markets and excellent restaurants.

Torres del Paine

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The dramatic snow-capped mountains and brilliant blue waters of Torres del Paine National Park are just some of the reasons why this should be on every South American itinerary. The park sits in the southern region of the Andes mountains and is home to some of the most stunning hiking routes in the world as well as a diverse selection of wildlife and a number of natural wonders including waterfalls and glaciers.

Chile Travel Guide

Find out where to go, what to see, how to get around and a whole host of useful tips from visas to health when planning your trip to Chile.

Best Time to Visit

Information on climatic and weather conditions in Chile

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Best Places to Visit

Places on our must-see list of any visit to Chile

Top Travel Tips

Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more

Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for Chile and info on getting your visa

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Multi-Country Tours

Available touring combinations in South America

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Style of travel

More about our tours to Chile

Get to know Chile

Recommended Reading

  • A Nation of Enemies
    by Pamela Constable and Arturo Valenzuela
  • The House of the Spirits
    by Isabel Allende
  • By Night in Chile
    by Roberto Bolano
Did you know...?

Facts about Chile

  • The driest place in the world is Chile's Atacama Desert, parts of which haven't seen rain in over 500 years.
  • Punta Arenas, situated at the very bottom of the tip of Chile, is the world's most southern city on a continent.
  • Chile is the birthplace of Nobel prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda who often used Valparaiso as his inspiration.

Chile Travel Advice:

We keep informed of the latest travel updates for Chile and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country.

Online travel resources for Chile:

REFER TO: Rough Guides, Fodors, Bradt, Frommers, Footprints, CN Traveller and World Travel Guide.

ALSO SEE: The official Chile Tourist Organisation site and the latest Chile Weather Updates from the BBC.

CHILE TRAVEL BLOGS: Discover the best of Santiago and beyond with these blogs on Chile - Santiago Tourist and Inside Santiago.

Chile Entries in our #feelgoodtravel photo competition

Our winners have been announced! View the winners gallery..

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“...as I watched the sunrise with the Moai. Travelling to Easter Island really gave me a sense of remoteness. I was on a tiny island in the middle of a...”

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