The Latin American country of Chile has a rich history that includes Spanish colonial rule and native American societies which results in a deep and diverse culture and architecture. The geography of the country is unique as its rugged coast line of nearly four thousand miles far exceeds its furthest width of only 200 miles making it a very long and slender country.
The capital of the country, Santiago is a wonderful example of a modern and successful capital city where visitors can experience the historic Lastarria quarter or the wealthy Vitacura district where there a varied and high quality restaurants.
Chile boasts the long and beautiful Pacific coastline to the west which provides visitors with the opportunity to enjoy the relaxation of its long and luxurious beaches as well as the chance to sail or paddle the dramatic coastal waters. Along the country’s eastern borders run the Andes; a majestic mountain ranges ripe for exploration where visitors can hike or enjoy picturesque lake trails. Other unmissable wonders available for travellers to experience include the Atacama Desert or the iconic and mysterious Easter Island, which can be reached via a six hour flight from the mainland.
The length of Chile as it snakes down the western coast of South America means that the countries weather geographically is one of extremes. The weather in the north can be moderate all year round in contrast to the central areas of the country where the weather patterns are the opposite of the UK. Therefore the months of November to February represent the best time to visit Chile as the weather is warm and pleasant. However in the very south of the country in the Patagonia region the weather is quite varied even during the peak months of late September to early April.
Time difference: GMT -4 hours
Flight duration: 15 hours 35 minutes to Santiago (via Madrid)
Currency: Chilean Peso
We’d recommend twinning your Chilean tour at two luxurious spots which both make the very most of the stunning landscape around them. First head to the Atacama Desert, to Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa; a boutique hotel which combines outdoor adventure with excellent service. This friendly hotel is a wonderful place to see the stunning night sky across the Atacama Desert with a glass of Champagne in hand and a cosy camp fire. Then head to the sublime Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, immersed in the landscape and with magnificent views of the Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.