Chile

Chile is one of the most extraordinary countries in the world with its slim line shape stretching to almost 4000 kilometres along the Pacific Ocean. Within this narrow sliver of land the diversity of geology, topography and natural habitat is unparalleled with the high altiplano and Atacama desert in the north, the lush and fertile Central Valley, the stunning lake district and then the extraordinary wild beauty of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego in the extreme south.

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Hiking the ‘O’ route in Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most stunning and dramatic parks on the planet and a beautiful place to enjoy some wonderful hiking. At the heart of the park are the soaring granite towers and the ‘O’ route is a longer, 8 day version of the better known ‘W’ trek which takes hikers into the dramatic valleys.

The longer ‘O’ trek continues well off the beaten track behind the ‘massif central’ through beautiful Lenga forest with stunning views of mountains and lakes and ending up at the mighty Grey glacier. Although not for the fainthearted as this is a long, tough trek, but offers an incredible opportunity to really get to know one of Chile’s most stunning national parks.

Skiing & Fishing

Valle Nevado skiing snow mountain

Within as little as ninety minutes you can have left Santiago and be on the slopes of some of South America’s finest ski resorts.

The skiing season lasts from late June to late September and good quality snow is virtually guaranteed throughout July and August and this is regularly accompanied by hours of sunshine and uncrowded slopes (except for peak holiday weeks).

Valle Nevado is one of the more popular resorts with three principal hotels, many restaurants and bars and many good runs, ski lifts and good equipment hire outlets. Portillo and Chillan are the other two popular and upmarket resorts close to the Argentinian border and attract a rich and glamorous clientele from both sides of the border as well as from overseas.

Over the last few years, Chile has earned a reputation for offering some of the finest fly-fishing in the world with superb fishing water on the rivers, lakes and streams that are so prevalent in the south of the country. The Lake District has traditionally been an angling hub, but recently a number of specialist fishing lodges have opened up in the Carretera Austral region to the south of Puerto Montt.

The season generally lasts from around October to May and the rivers and lakes are home to large numbers of rainbow, brown and brook trout as well as Atlantic and King salmon consequently offering some world-class fishing. Please contact us for further details on suggested lodges and prices.

Traditionally the best time to visit Chile are the Spring and Summer months from October to March. The Autumn colours of April are stunning especially in Patagonia and it is also quieter and normally less windy then too. Skiing is good in July and August. It should be noted that February is a great time to be in Chile, but the altiplano region around San Pedro de Atacama can sometimes suffer heavy downpours at that time.

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Geysers & Glaciers

This two week trip starts in the winelands close to Santiago before heading north to explore the remote and stark beauty of the Atacama desert before heading south to visit the Patagaonia highlights of Chiloe Island and then Torres del Paine.

  • 2 nights at Vina Matetic, winelands
  • 3 nights at Alto Atacama, Atacama Desert
  • 3 nights at Tierra Chiloe, Chiloe Island
  • 4 nights at Patagonia Camp, Torres del Paine
  • 1 night at Lastarria, Santiago

(Price based on two people sharing a twin/double room excluding the cost of international flights London/Santiago/London).

From £6,372 per person

LOCATION

CHILE KEY INFO

Visa

No Visa is required for UK passport holders.

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations are required.

Time Difference

GMT - 4 Hours

Flight Time

14.5 hours Direct

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