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.

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.

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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Villarica Volcano, Patagonia
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Helicopter Ride in Patagonia

The dramatic landscapes of Chilean Patagonia are not to be missed. Head to Northern Patagonia and stay at the only local hotel with its own helicopter on site, giving you the chance to soar above the active Villarica Volcano and look into its bubbling crater. While up in the air you can also enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding lakes, forests and other snow-capped volcanoes.

Sunrise at El Tatio geysers
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Explore the Atacama Desert

The Atacama Desert is usually high on most people's wish lists for a visit to Chile because of its incredible and unique landscapes. Be sure to give yourself enough time here so you can tackle the excursions at higher altitude once you have acclimatised a little, such as a sunrise visit to the Tatio Geysers, which are found over 14,000 feet above sea level.

Chile vineyard
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Harvest Experience at a Vineyard

Take part in the harvest experience at one of Chile's leading biodynamic and organic wineries. After a gourmet dinner, join the team from the vineyard and harvest grapes using a headlight, scissors and gloves, then take your box back to the winery and watch your grapes enter the wine making process. You can then taste the newly pressed grape juice as well as some local wine during its fermentation process.

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Torres del Paine National Park
Atacama Desert
Santiago & Central Valley
Easter Island
The Lake District
Torres del Paine National Park
Atacama Desert
Santiago & Central Valley
Easter Island
The Lake District
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A Note on Price

All of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like when in the year you will be travelling, how far in advance you book and the level of accommodation you choose. The guide prices shown across this website are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip.

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