Chile

Plan the trip of a lifetime to Chile with our well-traveled team of experts. Work closely with your Southern Explorations' travel specialist to build a first class tailor-made tour over the dates of your choice. The 2,700-mile sliver of a country contains an eclectic array of landscapes with the Andes running its whole length. Though most travelers dream first of hiking Patagonia, we strongly encourage you to linger a little longer in Chile. Discover some of our most popular adventures in Chile, including The 'W' Hike, one of the most famous hikes through Patagonia, and the idyllic Lake District and Chiloe Island trip.  

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Visitors know Chile mostly by it being so deep south, and while hiking in Patagonia may be the ultimate, we urge travelers to linger longer in Chile to experience the country’s lesser-known but nonetheless pleasurable pursuits.

SOPHISTICATED SANTIAGO

Everyone knows about Buenos Aires, but not about stunning Santiago. For the art, cuisine, wine and architecture; Chile’s capital is a city worth exploring. Santiago is picturesque with plenty of parks, museums, a famous sculpture park, interesting neighborhoods to explore and a vibrant performing art scene. In downtown, many of the buildings date back to the 19th century European neo-classical period. The Centro’s architecture along with some pedestrian streets makes this a pleasant place to stroll and people-watch. In the arty Bellavista neighborhood, there are numerous galleries to visit as well as La Chascona, one of Chile’s three wildly popular museums honoring Pablo Neruda where each of the homes he once lived and wrote his accessible and much loved poetry. Named for his lover’s messy red hair, La Chascona will give you Neruda fever. Various Santiago monuments and a new cultural center pay homage to Chile’s other Nobel Prize-winning poet, Gabriela Mistral.

WINE TASTING HITHER AND YON

Travel to Santiago and you will be within a stone’s throw of so many of Chile’s fine wine regions, you’ll be amazed. The country’s famed wine regions stretch from the coast to the Andes.

A COAST FOR MANY TASTES

Chile is known for its idyllic central coastal resorts, attracting Santiago citizens for quick get-aways and international visitors to enjoy the weather, the seafood and the views. From Santiago, the port city of Valparaiso is just a 75-mile drive and a jumping-off place for nearby resort towns such as Vina del Mar. A city built on hills, Valparaiso adapted to its geography by building numerous ascensores to connect its port below to the city itself with breathtaking views from its Pacific edge. The neighborhood you wish to reach determines which ascensor to use. Take the Espiritu Santo ascensor so see twenty of the city’s famous street art murals as well as the Pablo Neruda museum of La Sebastiana.

LAND OF ADVENTURE

Chile is best known to tourists for its Patagonia hiking destinations, including Torres del Paine National Park, attracting adventure travelers from throughout the world to trek its renowned trails framed by spectacular peaks and massive glaciers. They come too for the whitewater rafting, mountain biking, kayaking and horseback riding. Some camp; others enjoy the scenic lodgings offered by historic estancias that today tend tourists, instead of sheep. Since the Patagonia region covers areas of both Chile and Argentina, a multi-destination, customized trip might be exactly what you're dreaming of. 

PHOTOGENIC DESERT

Chile’s north contains the silent landscape of Chile’s Atacama Desert, beloved by astronomers for its inky skies. Photographers come here for the blinding-white salt flats, the steaming Tatio geyser field, flocks of flamingos taking flight and to capture what the changing light does to the region’s many unique geologic formations. Stargazing is both a pastime and industry along Chile’s coast north of the capital where observatories overseen by many nations dot the landscape from La Serena north to the Atacama.

EASTER ISLAND

Last but not least, Chile has jurisdiction over some islands off its coast, including legendary Easter Island; containing the stoic, mysterious 600+ moai, a destination which some visitors choose to include in their Chile travel. It’s a long ways off – 2,300 miles -- but how likely are you to be in the neighborhood again?

View our Chile trip and tour options below:
15 Days $6,830
World-class whitewater rafting, Hiking the 'W' Trek in Torres del Paine, Fully supported trekking and deluxe camping
Mt. Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre, Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Los Glaciares National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier
Torres del Paine National Park, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Cape Horn, Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre, Perito Moreno Glacier
Mendoza, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon & Carménère
Ski and Snowboard Adventure, Backcountry Ski Adventure, Heli Skiing and Cat Skiing
12 Days $4,495
Chile's most famous regions, Easter Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site , Atacama Desert, Torres del Paine National Park
Los Glaciares National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier, Classic Treks to Mt. Torre and to Mt. Fitz Roy
21 Days $7,595
Tierra del Fuego, Perito Moreno Glacier, Torres del Paine National Park, Bariloche, Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre, Osorno Volcano
World-class rafting on the Futaleufu River, Kayaking on the Rio Azul, Luxury camping, Mountain Biking, Horesback Riding
Myths and legends in Chiloe Island, Lake District, Llanquihue Lake and majestic Osorno Volcano
Mendoza Wine , Explora Lodge, Bariloche , Los Glaciares National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier, Torres del Paine
11 Days $6,395
Torres Del Paine, Buenos Aires, Perito Moreno Glacier, Mt. Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre, Luxury Accommodations
Torres Del Paine National Park, Classic 'W' Hike, Puerto Natales , Buenos Aires, Perito Moreno Glacier, Mt. Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre
Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Patagonia Lakes District, Osorno Volcano , Puerto Varas
Iguazu Falls , Bariloche, Patagonia Lakes District, Osorno Volcano, Buenos Aires, Santiago
Tres Valles Resorts , Farellones, El Colorado, La Parva, Valle Nevado, Los Andes, El Portillo
7 Days $3,195
Torres del Paine National Park, Last Hope Sound , Towers of Paine, Grey Glacier, French Valley, Serrano River
10 Days $4,295
Towers of Paine , Ice Hiking & Intro Ice Climbing, Sea Kayaking, Grey Glacier , French Valley, Serrano River, Last Hope Sound
10 Days $4,235
Towers of Paine , Grey Glacier, French & Dickson Valleys, Los Perros Glacier, John Gardner Pass
Lodge & Hotel based trip , Towers of Paine, Grey Glacier, French Valley, Serrano River
Torres del Paine National Park, Explore all highlights , Outstanding Lodges
Valle Nevado, Nevados de Chillan, Wine Country
Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Colchagua Wine Region, Chile’s agricultural heartland

Most Popular Chile Trips & Tours

Trip Price Days Highlights
Chile Triangle $4,495 12 Days Chile's most famous regions, Easter Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site , Atacama Desert, Torres del Paine National Park
Classic Patagonia & Torres del Paine $4,415 10 Days Los Glaciares National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier, Classic Treks to Mt. Torre and to Mt. Fitz Roy
Lake District and Chiloe Island $2,875 7 Days Myths and legends in Chiloe Island, Lake District, Llanquihue Lake and majestic Osorno Volcano
The 'W' Hike $3,195 7 Days Torres del Paine National Park, Last Hope Sound , Towers of Paine, Grey Glacier, French Valley, Serrano River
Valle Nevado & Nevados de Chillan Ski Adventure $3,345 9 Days Valle Nevado, Nevados de Chillan, Wine Country