Horses Mountain Chile Horses Mountain Chile

Chile is an unusual country, geographically speaking. 2,700 miles long and on average barely 100 miles wide, almost every Chilean lives both near the sea, at the foot of towering mountains and not far from one or other of their neighbours Argentina and Bolivia.

Due to its unusual shape a visit to Chile will often involve a little bit of plane hopping, as distances are long and travelling by road is not always practical or possible. There is much to see in this diverse country that stretches from arid desert in the north to glaciers and icy winters in the southern wilderness. Five highlights are listed below but many more could have been added while Chile’s remote outpost of Easter Island will be covered alone in a future post.
Patagonia Patagonia

1. Patagonia

Visitors come to the Torres del Paine National Park to admire the famous granite towers and to hike on one of the many trails within the park. Other highlights include seeing the vivid blue icebergs floating across Lago Grey and even finding one on the shores of the lake. It is one of the most beautiful and remote places I’ve ever had the pleasure to visit and even missing the classic view of the towers (they were shrouded in mist for the full length of our stay) did not take away the wonder of our visit.

 Puerto Natales is the gateway town for the park. It’s an unremarkable town with one saving grace – Patagonia Dulce, a chocolate shop that stays open till late even out of season. I can personally recommend several of their cakes, their hot chocolate and a large selection of their individually made chocolates.

2. Central Valley

There is a 400 year tradition of wine making in Chile and a trip to the vineyards is a highlight of the central region of the country. The Colchagua Valley is perhaps the most popular place to experience the delights of Chilean wine culture and a colloboration between wine producers has created a wine route that allows visitors to travel between vineyards and sample the best of the local produce.
For something a little different there is even a steam train that travels through the region. The Wine Train makes a great day trip from Santiago and includes visits to local wineries.
Santiago Chile Santiago Chile

The Chilean capital is a modern city with a very European flavour. Its skyscrapers stand tall but are dwarfed by the mountains that form a stunning backdrop. Santiago has a population of over 5 million and is the powerhouse of a national that leads the prosperity tables for the whole of South America. It’s a good city to explore for a couple of days on arrival to South America, while for a pleasant day-trip or overnight stop make your way to the bohemian coastal city of Valaparaiso

4. Atacama Desert

This is one of the world’s driest places with no rainfall having ever been recorded in parts of the region. The resulting landscapes are harsh, dramatic and in their own way beautiful. Many visitors use the popular town of San Pedro as their base for a visit to the region. There are many places to explore in the Atacama and you can enjoy natural hot springs, see active geysers and visit the eerie Valley of the Moon.
Lake District Lake District

5. The Lake District

This is the place to come for unlimited outdoor adventure. Basing yourself in the town of Pucon (around an hour’s flight south of Santiago) you can hike, climb, raft and horse-ride in this natural playground. For those who prefer to sit back and enjoy the scenery Pucon enjoys a dramatic setting with a towering volcano that for now blows a gentle plume of smoke from its summit.

Talk to our Chilean Vineyards expert

Stephen Bray
Stephen Bray

Steve joined Sunvil in June 2011 and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of central and south America. He has a passion for putting together complicated itineraries, each one a challenge. Having spent 11 years with other specialist operators he could not have had better experience in crafting the best itineraries. Give him a try, he’ll soon tell you what does or does not work.

Call one of our experts to discuss your next holiday with Sunvil on

020 8568 4499

We open today at 9:00 AM

Make an Enquiry

Please use this form to request further information about a Sunvil holiday or destination.

We promise that a member of our specialist reservation teams will reply personally to your holiday enquiry before 5.30pm if received before 12.00pm (Monday to Friday). Enquiries received after 12.00pm will be replied to within 24-hours (excluding Sundays).

If your enquiry is of an urgent nature, please telephone our dedicated reservation teams on the numbers listed below.

Our lines are open from 9.00am to 5.30pm Monday-Friday and from 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturday.

  • Greece: 020 8758 4758
  • Cyprus: 020 8758 4759
  • Portugal, the Azores, Spain, Italy, Sicily and Scandinavia: 020 8758 4722
  • Latin America: 020 8758 4774

Required Information

* Mandatory Information
Title *
First name *
Surname *
Telephone number *
Alternative telephone number
Email address *
Confirm email address
Preferred method of communication *
If you would like to be called during a specific period, please specify

Details

Preferred departure date *
Duration *
Preferred UK departure airport *
Party size *

Back

  • Adults(12+ yrs)
  • Children(2 to 11 yrs)
  • Infants(Under 2 yrs)
Budget range
Other comments:

Email newsletters

We promise that a member of our specialist reservation teams will reply personally to your holiday enquiry before 5.30pm if received before 12.00pm (Monday to Friday). Enquiries received after 12.00pm will be replied to within 24-hours (excluding Sundays).

If your enquiry is of an urgent nature, please telephone our dedicated reservation teams on the numbers listed below.

Our lines are open from 9.00am to 5.30pm Monday-Friday and from 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturday.

  • Greece: 020 8758 4758
  • Cyprus: 020 8758 4759
  • Portugal, the Azores, Spain, Italy, Sicily and Scandinavia: 020 8758 4722
  • Latin America: 020 8758 4774

Required Information

* Mandatory Information
Title *
First name *
Surname *
Telephone number *
Alternative telephone number
Email address *
Confirm email address
Preferred method of communication *
If you would like to be called during a specific period, please specify
Booking reference number *
Alternatively, please enter your query in the box below:

Email newsletters

Thank you for your enquiry

Thank you for your enquiry. A member of our specialist reservation teams will be in touch shortly.

If your enquiry is of an urgent nature, please telephone our dedicated reservation teams on the numbers listed below.

Our lines are open from 9.00am to 5.30pm Monday-Friday and from 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturday.

  • Greece: 020 8758 4758
  • Cyprus: 020 8758 4759
  • Portugal, the Azores, Italy, Sicily and Scandinavia: 020 8758 4722
  • Latin America: 020 8758 4774

Your details have been saved

Feel free to continue to browse the site and add to your enquiry. Don't forget to send the enquiry before you leave!

My Suitcase

We understand that so much choice can be overwhelming which is why we have developed 'My Suitcase'. This facility allows you to save and compare your favourite holidays, and even allows you to return to your selection at a later stage.

Why not use 'My Suitcase' to compile a wish list of your future Sunvil holidays?

 

Sign in


New to Sunvil?

Create Account


Already have an account?

Password reset

Back

Close

Close