A land of outstanding natural beauty, from the driest desert in the world to the glaciers of Patagonia, Chile holidays promise a feast for the eyes.
See snow-covered volcanoes, pink flamingo-filled beaches, fertile wine regions and lush rainforests, and get lost amid Chile’s stunning wonders. Visit the Atacama Desert for amazing landscapes, and fall in love with vibrant cities such as charming Santiago and coastal Valparaíso. No matter where you venture in Chile, you’ll feel like you’re standing on the edge of the world.
Autumn in Calama is much the same as spring, with warm temperatures during the day and at or near freezing temperatures overnight.
Calama’s location in the Atacama Desert means it has little seasonal changes during the year. Our favourite time to visit is between March and May or September and November, when temperatures are warm and days generally sunny.
There is very little change that indicates spring in Calama has arrived. Days are still sunny and rain relatively rare. Night time temperatures can get very cold overnight.
Generally the temperatures in Calama in the summer can be quite warm with blue skies, although night temperatures can drop to freezing. In January and February Calama sometimes has the ‘altiplanic winter’, in which moist air and unsettled weather turn the summer wintery.
Typically daytime temperatures during Calama’s winters are warm. However, as soon as the sun descends temperatures drop to near or below freezing. The weather is dry and days are pleasant.
Easter Island is slightly cooler in the autumn, although definitely not cold, and rains start to increase. The good news is this is one of the best times to visit as crowds are fewer and prices less expensive than summer.
The spectacular sights of Easter Island are best viewed in spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May). During these months the temperatures are warm without being stiflingly hot, and it is generally clear and sunny without much rain.
As the temperatures start to warm up the green foliage and grass of Easter Island really starts to come alive. Expect cooler temperatures but less humidity and less rain.
Easter Island’s summer, which is the flip of the UK’s, offers a welcome, warm change from cold winter temperatures back home. The weather is warm, even hot, and humid with lots of sun and blue skies to enjoy.
Winter gets chilly in Easter Island for the Southern Hemisphere, hovering around 20°C. A frigid wind chill factor with lashing winds and rain make it seem much colder. May is the wettest month, although tropical showers occur any time.
The weather in autumn in Punta Arenas can be quite changeable. Typically, winds die down and the sky is clear, although temperatures begin to drop quickly. Beautiful autumn colours grace the horizon.
We recommend visiting Punta Arenas between October and February when the temperatures are warmer and the days longer. Night time temperatures will still be cold so make sure and dress appropriately.
Spring in Punta Arenas often ushers in more moderate weather and beautiful spring blossoms. Overcast skies and biting winds make the temperature seem colder than it is.
Summer in Punta Arenas brings comfortable temperatures, although you’ll definitely want to wear a jacket. The icy lakes and azure glaciers are very popular so make sure to arrange your travel months in advance.
Winter in Punta Arenas can get exceptionally cold, usually below freezing. Most attractions close during this season due to the extreme weather conditions.
Temperatures gradually drop throughout the autumn months in Santiago de Chile. Daytime temperatures are warm, dropping to cool temperatures at night. Rainy season starts in April, extending into winter.
Santiago de Chile’s Mediterranean climate has hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. We like visiting in the spring months of September to November when the weather is sunny, mild, and pleasant and occasional rains clear the smog from the city.
Spring in Santiago de Chile offers increasingly warm days with cool, pleasant breezes. In early spring temperatures may drop to freezing at night but days are usually comfortably warm.
Santiago de Chile’s summers are hot and dry during the day with pleasant and slightly cooler nights. Days are sunny with little to no rainfall and humidity is low.
Santiago de Chile has cool, wet winters, with most of its annual rain falling in June and July. The average temperature rarely drops below freezing and after a fresh winter shower the air is remarkably fresh and clear.
There are a number of carriers offering indirect flights to Chile from the UK.
Direct Carriers: There are no direct services to Chile from the UK.
Indirect Carriers: British Airways, BMI, TAM, Iberia, Delta Airlines, Air Canada, American Airlines and Air France offer indirect services to Chile.
Departure Taxes: An international departure tax of USD30 must be paid at Chilean Airports (unless it is included in your flight ticket price).
You should leave a propina (tip) of about 10 percent of the bill on your holiday in Chile. Taxi drivers do not expect tips, although you can round up. Tip porters 1,000 Chilean Pesos, bag packers at supermarkets 100 to 500 Chilean Pesos, and tour guides five to 10 percent of the bill.
No specific vaccinations required
If you are a British passport holder visiting Chile for less than 90 days, you do not need a visa.
The form of currency used in Chile is the Chilean Peso. The Chilean Peso is an open currency and can be exchanged before, during and after your holiday to Chile.
Exchange rates in Chile are better than in the UK, although it may be difficult to find places that exchange UK Pounds outside of Santiago. If you are heading to Santiago on your holiday to Chile, we recommend exchanging your money at one of the many casas de cambios (money exchange offices). If you are heading elsewhere, we recommend you exchange your money before leaving at the UK Post Office, or withdraw cash from a cash machine when you arrive. You will be able to use major credit cards most everywhere on your holiday in Chile, although you should carry small bills for corner shops, taxis, and small businesses.