Chile

Be ready to get stunned by the most unique tourist attractions: Chile is ready to welcome explorers from around the world! Discover dazzling lakes, jagged mountains, deserts, and salt flats, and Starlit skies. Enjoy Chilean cuisine and learn everything about Chile’s local inhabitants and culture. Plan a trip to Chile with our inspiring travel guide. 

Chile is the southernmost country in the world. Located in South America, on the western part of the Andes mountain, its populations arise up to more than 19.000.000 of people whose mother tongue is Spanish in its Chilean version (with a slight difference in pronunciation and words from Spain). Is the narrowest country in the world (with only 110 miles wide) and the second-longest (with only 57 miles difference from the first one, Brazil). It is a great country to plan your next trip.

From imposing skyscrapers and sophisticated cities surrounded by one of the longest ranges in the world to jagged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, pristine lakes, salt flats, and geysers fields. Chile offers a wide range of stunning landscapes but above all, unique ones: did you know Atacama’s desert in northern Chile is the driest nonpolar desert? Discover with our travel guide the incredible nature and culture of Chile, try its high-level local cuisine and live a unique adventure!

Attractions
Attractions

Attractions

Eating & Drinking
Eating & Drinking

Eating & Drinking

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Tips & Advices

Tips & Advices

How to travel Chile?

If you are visiting Chile from North America or Europe, you can purchase a flight to Chile. Depending on which city you are departing from, your flight may last between 8 to 15-hours long.

The main international airport, and jumping-off point to other national airports, is Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, located in Chile’s capital city, Santiago de Chile.

Who can travel to Chile?

Chile’s borders are opened, so all travelers from all countries are welcome to visit this amazing country!

However, we strongly recommend checking specific requirements to enter the country, to be ready to start your Chilean adventure journey!

Airlines that travel to Chile

You will find many airlines fly to the amazing Chile:

American Airlines, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air Canada, Delta Air Lines, Avianca, LATAM, Aeromexico, Copa Airlines, United Airlines, KLM, Iberia, British Airways, GOL, JetSmart, Sky.

Where to travel in Chile?

Discover the delightful lakeside town, the gateway of Chilean Lake District, Puerto Varas. From this picturesque village, you can visit several stunning natural marvels, like the Green Lagoon, Osorno’s volcano, and Petrohué Falls.

Following with southern Chile, Patagonia region also awaits! Go hiking in one of the 8th wonders of the world named by UNESCO: Torres del Paine National Park. A true paradise for hikers where you can discover imposing high-peak mountains and turquoise water lakes.

Santiago, on the other hand, hosts impressive skyscrapers and high-class buildings and services. You can enjoy top-ranked restaurants to delight yourself with local Chilean cuisine.

Find out more places to explore in the narrowest country in the world here.

Why travel to Chile?

Exploring the unique Andes Mountains Range natural environment, its native wildlife, and local culture will for sure create memories of a lifetime in every explorer that visits Chile. Driest nonpolar desert on Earth? Atacama Desert awaits. The 8th wonder of the world by UNESCO? Torres del Paine National Park awaits. And salt flats, geysers fields, dazzling pristine lakes, imposing glaciers and jagged mountains also await you. Chile hosts adventures for all ages and tastes!

Best time to travel to Chile

Depending on which destination you are thinking of visiting, is the best time to go, but mostly during summer, is the best time to visit most of the destinations: 

  • Santiago de Chile: best times to visit are during fall and spring where temperatures are moderate and places aren’t as crowded as in summertime. Although, if you are into winter sport, winter is a great time to visit and get to do some skiing at the nearby ski resorts.
  • Valparaiso or Viña del Mar: during Summer is the best time to travel to enjoy some time at the beach as Pacific Ocean waters might be a little bit cold;
  • Chilean Patagonia: best time to visit Torres del Paine, Puerto Natales, or Punta Arenas is during summer, as all hiking trails are open, something that is not likely to happen during winter because of the extreme weather and snow.
  • Atacama’s Desert: during summertime, this area has more pleasant weather without extreme temperatures, and is the best in the year for stargazing.
  • Los Lagos Region: The best month to visit this region is in January when temperatures are moderate and most days are sunny. During summer is the best option as in winter rainy and foggy days are more likely.

Is Chile open for travel?

The answer is an absolute yes! Chile’s borders are opened for all travelers from all countries. 

However, we strongly recommend you to check Chile’s requirements to enter the country.

Travel to Chile and Argentina

Looking forward to an epic adventure, huh? These neighboring countries’ have jaw-dropping landscapes and one-of-a-kind experiences that will live forever on you.

Our explorer’s favorite option to discover these two countries in one whole trip is our 9-days tour or 13-days tour Best of Patagonia, where you will visit all Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia highlights. Plus, you will immerse yourself into the local culture of ranches to get to know the “huasos” (in Chile) and “gauchos” (in Argentina) story and lifestyle, while being delighted with traditional local cuisine.

Visit Puerto Varas, Punta Arenas, Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia and Ushuaia, El Calafate, El Chalten in Argentinian Patagonia. Ready for some adventure?

Learn more about Chile and Argentina tours here.

Budget for traveling to Chile

Traveling to the unique landscapes of Chile can cost you similar to a trip you’ve done to North America or European destinations. But, as Chile’s territory is long and diverse Chile’s territory, it is the budget you can choose to spend. Depending on your preference, the budget may increase or decrease: 

  • Dishes at restaurants may start from 15-20 dollars per dish. You can choose to get to-go or cheaper dish options at some local restaurants, a few blocks away from main streets and avenues. 
  • Bus tickets: if purchased in advance, they can cost US$9 (between Lake District villages, for example) or up to US$72, depending on time and distances
  • Subway: Transportation in Santiago is affordable, clean, and efficient. Tickets range from US$1.10 to – 1.20, depending on the time of the day.
  • Torres del Paine National Park Tickets Fee: if you are planning to visit this National Park for less than 3-days, tickets go from US$ 17 for teenagers between 12 and 17 to US$ 37 for adults. If you are planning to visit for more than 3-days, tickets for 12-years old or more cost US$47. Best part? In all cases, kids who are 12-years old or under, have entrance-free to the park.
  • National Park Vicente Pérez Rosales: the oldest national park in Chile hosts the Saltos del Petrohue. Tickets cost between US$ 7 to US$ 4. Children under 12-years old are free of charge.
  • Nature Reserve Los Flamencos: to visit the famous rose flamingoes in the high altitudes of Atacama, or the salt lagoons to bathe or visit the Moon Valley, this nature reserve holds them all. Fees range from US$ 6 to US$1. Special rates for students are available.

Travel to Chile during Covid

Our experience as adventure travel experts gives us the knowledge and tools to adapt to this new travel modality. Check here our Covid-19 protocols we take into account for our guides, drivers, and guests.

Travel to Chilean Patagonia

Chilean Patagonia is one of the most visited areas in the country. Main destinations you can visit are Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or Torres del Paine. Discover absolutely jaw-dropping landscapes in the top-ranked hiking paradise: Torres del Paine. Our 5-day tour known as the “W” circuit, the most popular, will take you to every highlight of this National Park, sleeping under the starlit skies of Chilean Patagonia.

Do I need a visa if I'm travelling to Chile?

When it comes to tourism purposes, visas might be required to some countries although most European, and American countries can enter Chile visa-free. Learn more about visa requirements here.

Sustainability

Sustainability

Chile
  • Torres del Paine Legacy Fund

This project seeks to ensure a sustainable future for Torres del Paine National Park and its surrounding communities. At Torres del Paine Legacy Fund they see the growth of tourism as an opportunity to create a positive impact, uniting travelers, residents, the public and private sectors to carry out local sustainability initiatives that strengthen the long-term health of the region. 100% of all donations go directly to sustainability initiatives that preserve, support, and celebrate the park and its surrounding communities. To make a donation, please follow this link

 

  • Etnia Patagonia

Etnia fabrics are hand made with sheep’s wool and alpaca. In addition, handicrafts with recycled materials and souvenirs are also offered. Only products made in Chile are marketed in a sustainable way. You can learn more about Etnia here

Address: Manuel Bulnes 1004,Puerto Natales, Patagonia,Chile.

Mon – Sat: 10:30-20:00 hrs, Sun:11:00-13:00 hrs

 

SayHueque’s Sustainability Involves

 

Reforestarg: Planting trees in Patagonia­

In Partnership with Reforestarg, we stand against deforestation, planting and donating trees in damaged zones (consequence mainly of forest fires) helping at the same time to compensate for our carbon footprint. To plant a tree is leaving a part of your legacy in Argentina, and promoting hope for future generations. 

You can take part in this initiative by volunteering at tree-planting ceremonies (can be arranged at specific destinations in your itinerary)  or you can also donate a native tree for each passenger who travels to Patagonia.

­Last but not least, here are some other truly world-changing sustainable actions we are involved in:

 

Compensation of CO2 Emissions 

  • In Partnership with the South Pole, we are the first travel company in Argentina to compensate for all the CO2 emissions you’ll make during your trip when traveling by land.
  • We plant trees to compensate for our CO2 Emissions and so far, between 2018 and 2020 we sowed 60.660.550.

Sumando Energías (“Combining Energies”) 

 

This project features the creation of solar-powered water heaters to provide hot water day and night to residents of villages like Garin. The NGO works alongside locals and volunteers to build their panels on site.

The full hot water system consists of an array of leftover cans, bottles, and cartons, piping to carry water, and an insulated storage tank.

Say Hueque has been part of these encounters where our agents help the community build their heaters. 

To learn more about Sumando energías make click on this link

 

Other initiatives we are supporting

 

Plastic Free

  • We decided to encourage our local operators and travelers to bring their own reusable bottles and gear to reduce this impact.

 

Say Hueque’s Offices

  • We collect and recycle non-reusable batteries.
  • Nearly 60 people work in our offices, and we all decided to bring reusable bowls to have lunch.
  • We compost! Reduce waste, please

 

Local Community

  • We are committed to helping our travelers connect with locals and encouraging local businesses by working with local operators.

 

Climate Emergency Declaration & Future of Tourism

 

Sustainability tips

Useful tips to be a responsible traveler:

  • Take your reusable bag when you go shopping.
  • Choose to consume local products from artisans and small producers.
  • Use a bike or walk to explore the city, it is healthy and reduces carbon footprints.
  • When you go on an excursion, ask for food without plastic wrap.
  • Don’t leave trash in nature.
  • Take a reusable bottle with you.
  • Don’t feed native wildlife.
  • Use rechargeable batteries.