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Chile Holidays

A melting pot of topography and peoples, thin Chile extends over 4,000kms from the Atacama Desert in the far north to the southern reaches of Tierra del Fuego. Capital Santiago is marked by the Spanish love of grand buildings and to the north is an isolated land stretching from the Atacama Desert to the volcanoes bordering Peru. In contrast, central Chile is characterised by the vineyards of the Colchagua Valley and the beautiful Chilean Lake District. Travel to southern Chile and stand awestruck in the majestic beauty of Torres del Paine National Park, one of the outstanding reserves of Latin America, or travel into the Pacific to look into the unmistakable obsidian eyes of the giant and mysterious Easter Island statues – some of the most incredible, yet little-understood, ancient relics ever discovered. Pettitts Travel have led the way in designing tailor-made holidays and tours to Chile for over 30 years.

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Places to visit in Chile

Along Chile’s skinny 4,300kms coastal strip, there are varying climates, landscapes and so many exciting places to visit. Off the coast of Chile is Easter Island, brimming with Polynesian culture and most typically reached by air from Santiago, Chile’s modern and cosmopolitan capital. Surrounding Santiago are the winelands, the Pacific coastal towns of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. In the north of Chile is the Atacama Desert – a barren landscape of volcanic peaks and steaming geysers with some areas reaching very high altitudes. South of Santiago is the location of the picturesque Chilean Lake District that borders Argentina and the outstandingly beautiful mountains and lakes of Torres del Paine National Park. This is also the gateway to the remote islands and fjords of Patagonia.

When to Visit Chile

Chile has a very diverse weather system with four seasons. Due to the country’s geography and topography the climate also varies greatly from region to region. It is generally considered that the South American summer is the best time to visit Chile but in principle the country can be visited year round. The summer begins at the end of October and runs through to March which is the start of autumn. On the whole both of these seasons experience constant temperatures and limited rainfall. Winter, between June and August, and spring, which covers September and most of October, can experience unpredictable weather with it possible for temperatures to vary from 32˚C right down to -2˚C. Easter Island can be visited throughout the year.

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This is a general overview suggesting when to travel in the country. Please note that this may not directly apply to any specific itinerary or region.

Essential Information

Capital: Santiago

Main Language: Spanish

Time Zone: GMT -3

Currency: Chilean Peso (CLP)

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Brazil, Argentina and Chile Holiday Review

“Finally home after our wonderful trip to South America. We had an amazing time and we cannot thank you enough for your support and services. There is no doubt that the trip would not have been as brilliant without your recommendations and the quality of your guides in Brazil and Argentina.”

LS - Brazil, Argentina and Chile - February 2015

Accommodation in Chile

In Chile you will find a variety of hotels and most are of a very good standard with comfortable rooms, good restaurants and full facilities including gyms, spas and swimming pools. WIFI availability is also common. As is to be expected, capital Santiago has the widest range of accommodation in the country including some characterful boutique properties. Although in some rural areas hotels can be basic with limited facilities, there are excellent accommodation options in Patagonia, the Atacama Desert, the winelands and Easter Island.

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