Stargazing in the driest desert in the world (near San Pedro de Atacama), millennial glaciers in the southernmost part of the planet, enchanted forests, and lakes set at the foot of massive volcanoes.

"Slenderness gives Chile the intimacy of a veranda (albeit one that's spectacularly fenced between the Andes and the Pacific)."

This is Chile, where islands full of legends, skiing come summer, great wine-making traditions, the world’s largest swimming pool, prime surfing, eclectic architecture and a burgeoning culinary scene make this destination one that’s as exciting as it is diverse.

Mountains provide a magnificent setting for capital Santiago, an energetic, easily explored city; with the nearby vineyards of the Casablanca Valley and the colourful port of Valparaiso (with its multi-coloured houses, hilly streets and iconic funicular railways) perfectly placed for an easy day trip.

In the far south Patagonia’s Torres del Paine is one of Earth’s most beautiful places; while at the other extreme – literally, being as far north as you can go – is Chile’s other wonderland, the Atacama Desert, a strange, unearthly landscape of salt flats, lakes, volcanoes and geysers, particularly haunting around the famous Valle de la Luna.

All too soon though, it’s time to transfer back to Santiago to head home –although Chile’s awe-inspiring sights will stay with you forever!

What you need to know

  • Capital City

    Santiago

  • Time Difference

    GMT -3 hours

  • Best Time to Visit

    October to March

  • Currency

    Chilean Peso

Chile

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Choose from the cream of Chile's finest properties.

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago El Golf District, Santiago

    Excellently located in the prestigious El Golf neighbourhood, the Ritz-Carlton has a beautiful classical style and combines the highest levels of old-world comfort with Michelin-star-winning contemporary tapas and great views of the Andes.

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Inside Knowledge

Creating special moments

  1. Dry Country

    Dry Country

    Experience the authentic day-to-day life of San Pedro de Atacama and indulge in all the cultural and natural wonders of the desert on privately guided adventures across the driest place on the planet (one of the world’s greatest stargazing spots too).

  2. Land of the Lakes

    Land of the Lakes

    Reminiscent of Switzerland, its Alpine spirit and awe-inspiring scenery (deep-blue mountain lakes, snow-capped volcanoes and forests), Chile’s Lake District is great for year-round recreation, and plenty of traditional folklore, handicrafts and legends.n

  3. Peaks of Patagonia

    Peaks of Patagonia

    Chile’s spectacular Torres del Paine National Park is a wonderland of craggy, granite peaks; snow-clad mountains; glacier-fed lakes; waterfalls and rivers; pampas and thick Magellanic forests; meadows; forests; and fantastic scenery everywhere.