World-class wine, astounding natural beauty, and unique cultural attractions make this South American country a must-visit for globetrotters.
Chile is sometimes called “the land of poets” thanks to its impressive stable of homegrown writers, including the late icons Pablo Neruda, Gabriela Mistral and Nicanor Parra. Poetry exists off the page here, too, in the country’s dramatic Patagonian vistas as well as the gorgeous red wine produced in the Central Valley region. The capital of Santiago, for its part, is an epic poem come to life, with 7 million residents living in relative harmony among hilltop parks, well-preserved colonial architecture, and a white-hot restaurant scene. The country’s lyrical beauty radiates in all directions, so pick an itinerary that suits you—surf in Arica! Ski the Andes! Tour Neruda’s home in Valparaíso!—and jump in. Read our Santiago Travel Guide to learn more about the attractions in Chile's beautiful capital.
When to go
Chile is located below the equator, so its seasons are opposite those in the northern hemisphere.
In Santiago, enjoy lows in the low-40s°F and highs in the mid-70s°F while taking in Fiestas Patrias, a weeklong celebration in mid-September that commemorates Chile’s independence from Spain with parties and parades.
If you visit the coastal town of Viña Del Mar in late February, expect temps ranging from the mid-50s°F to the high-70s°F. During the third week of February, check out the International Song Festival—South America’s largest and longest-running music festival.
April in Valparaíso brings cooler temps ranging from the low-50s°F to the high-60s°F, along with vibrant Semana Santa celebrations.
Skiers visiting the Andes in winter can expect lows in the low-20s°F and highs in the low-40s°F.
Transantiago runs Santiago’s efficient bus and subway systems. Buy a Bip! Card to get the best fares. Cities in the rest of the country depend largely on public bus systems, though Valparaiso also offers a commuter rail line.
- Bring the kids. Chile is a family-friendly destination, with plenty of things to do for all ages.
- Chilean hospitality is rooted in buena onda, the practice of giving off good vibes while being as welcoming as possible. Return the friendliness to your host country and you’ll be accepted in no time.
- Some Chilean-Spanish slang to get you started: “filete” means “super cool.” “Cachai?” means “do you understand?”
Located near Lake Llanquihue in the residential area of downtown Puerto Varas, this 86-room modern hotel provides easy access to a variety of attractions. Enjoy the breath-taking view the snow-capped Osorno Volcano after you take a dip in our large outdoor pool.
Only a 6 minute walk from the beach, the Radisson Blu Acqua Hotel & Spa Concon offers stunning views of the ocean along with luxurious amenities such as a sauna and spa. The onsite Acqua restaurant offers a variety of seafood specialties with exotic cocktails offered at the bar.
Radisson Hotel Curico is minutes from major vineyards and fruit producers in the renowned Curico Valley. The hotel boasts a range of amenities for its guests, including a 24-hour business center, 24-hour fitness center, free parking, and a salon.
Each of the 98 rooms at the Radisson Hotel Puerto Varas boasts a digital LCD TV, a comfortable sofa, a work desk, and mini bar. Many of these rooms also provide guests with astonishing views of either Lake Llanquihue or the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes.
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Tucked into a valley about 70 miles east of the Pacific Ocean, the capital of Chile is many things: a modern metropolis of 7 million; a hotbed for colonial-era architecture; a nature lover’s dream situated in the shadows of two mountain ranges and boasting world-class urban parks.