Best time to visit Chile
If you’re asking yourself which is the best time to travel to Chile, you should know that it depends on the region you are visiting. Chile is a country with many climatic differences, which makes it a place you can travel to all year round. It all depends on the area you want to visit and on choosing the best dates to explore your chosen sights.
When to travel to Chile
You can travel to Chile at any time of year. Given that this country takes up a large portion of South America, the variety of weather is notable. However, in summary, we can tell you that visiting Santiago de Chile is best during the spring and autumn. To see the Lakes Region, summer is best, likewise for visiting Chilean Patagonia or Easter Island.
Below, you will see region by region, which is the best time to travel to Chile and enjoy the experience to the fullest!
When to visit Easter Island
Because of its location, Easter Island experiences relatively low temperatures, so it is best to visit during the summer months. This way you will be able to enjoy its landscapes, crystal clear waters and go walking or bike riding in pleasant temperatures. Not all islands have a tropical climate and Chilean Polynesia can become very cold during the winter months, so be prepared if you are planning a trip to Rapa Nui outside of the summer.
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Best time to visit the Atacama Desert
To travel to this northern area of Chile, avoid the months from January to March, which is when it is the Andean winter. The rest of the year you will enjoy warm and rather dry weather, perfect for travelling around the region. In addition, these months coincide with the low season for tourism, so you will find more reasonable prices.
Best time to visit Central Chile
Planning on visiting the towns of Central Chile? As well as good hiking routes, you will find vibrant culture and lively nightlife, especially in the capital of Santiago. From February to April you can enjoy a leisurely visit to the towns of central Chile, as well as from September to November. The months from May to August are less ideal as this is the rainy season.
Best time to do the Chilean wine route
Experiencing the wine route in Chile is becoming more and more popular. Although you may not be aware, this country is a large wine producer so there are lots of vineyards throughout the country. To do the route, the best time is between September and November, or February and April. Once again, avoid the summer months in this area. In fact, March is the best month to do this route since it coincides with the celebration of various grape harvesting festivals.
Best time to visit Valparaíso
Travelling to Chile and not visiting Valparaíso would be a shame, so leave some days of your trip to get to know this coastal city. Between February and April, or also September to November are the best months to visit. The good weather is ideal for exploring the lively streets and enjoying tasty and varied Chilean gastronomy.
Best time to visit the South of Chile
The best time to visit the south of Chile is from December to March. This region is known for its volcanoes and enormous lakes, also because it is the region of the Mapuche people, who have settled these lands for centuries. The Chiloé archipelago is another charming area you can visit during these months.
When to visit Chilean Patagonia
No matter what, Patagonia has a cool climate, so it is best to visit during the summer. Don’t expect radiant sunshine or sunbathing, even in the summer, maximum temperatures won't go above eleven degrees. However, it is worth getting a bit cold to be able to see the immense forests, glaciers and waterfalls of this area of the country.
On the other hand, in terms of the tourist season, it is worth knowing that the high season in Chile goes from November to February. If you want to visit Patagonia, prices will be higher at this time of year, especially in December and February.
You can choose to travel in mid-season, which includes the months of September to November and March to May if you combine it well with the region you want to visit. In the wine region, for example, you can take advantage of the month of March to go to a grape harvest festival.
In the low season, the months of June, July and August, the prices are much lower and there are fewer tourists. It's the perfect time to visit the north of Chile and explore the Carretera Austral (Chile’s Route 7 Highway).
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