Why travel solo to Chile?
Stretching from Peru and Bolivia to the southernmost tip of South America, Chile is one of the longest and most naturally diverse countries on earth: an adventurer’s dream.
Fringed by the Andes and a long ribbon of Pacific coastline, Chile spans fertile valleys, cracked deserts and the glacial hinterland of Patagonia.
Santiago beckons with its towering skyline and snow-capped vistas. Valparaiso brims with old-world charm and expansive Pacific views. The Atacama Desert, the driest on earth, is officially the closest you’ll get to Mars. And Patagonia? A landscape of such staggering beauty, it needs to be seen to be believed.
We’re not exaggerating when we say this: Chile is like nowhere else on earth.
What’s the weather like in Chile?
Chile boasts a wide range of climates owing to its varied geography, from arid desert to alpine tundra. Most of the country experiences four seasons, with summer running from December to February and winter from June to August. Average summer temperatures reach 82ºF and winter temperatures average at 50ºF.
Average temp in high season
What’s the national language in Chile?
What is the currency in Chile?
Chile has three timezones: continental Chile is on GMT-3 during Daylight Saving Time, and GMT-4 during Standard Time; Easter Island is on GMT-5 during Daylight Saving Time and GMT-6 on Standard Time.
Top three activities
1. Glacier hiking in Patagonia
2. Wine tasting in the Casablanca Hills
3. Sandboarding in Atacama Desert
Top five dishes to try
1. Completo: a Chilean variation of the hotdog
2. Pebre: a salsa often paired with barbecue
4. Porotos granados: a traditional country stew
5. Sopaipillas: a deep-fried donut-like pastry
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Top places to visit in Chile
Parque Nacional Torres del Paine
Located in Patagonia in the southernmost tip of Chile, this vast hinterland is characterised by aquamarine glaciers, snow-capped peaks and pristine lakes. From glacier hiking to kayaking and white-water rafting, the Patagonia experience promises wild adventure.
Valle de la luna
Rising from the arid Atacama Desert, the Valley of the Moon is a rugged lunar landscape of red peaks and caverns. It was also once used as the training ground for NASA’s Lunar Rover, a fact emphasising how otherworldly this terrain really is.
Santiago de Chile
Santiago is a lively metropolis of soaring skyscrapers, set against the snow-capped Andes. Here, the ultra-modern blends with the artistic and cosmopolitan, resulting in one of South America’s most vibrant capitals.
This port city on the Pacific Coast brims with artistic charm, lined with colourful houses and vibrant street art. It’s most famously associated with poet Pablo Neruda, but all manner of poets, painters and philosophers have found a home here over the years.
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