Colorful culture meets vibrant nature in this tantalizing region. 

Rows of vibrant and colourful houses line the streets in Valparaiso in Chile. We recommend visiting the kaleidoscopic coastal town of Valparaiso for any photography enthusiasts.

Surrounded by the magnificent snow-capped Andes, Santiago, the nation’s capital - and Chile’s largest city - is a dream destination. It's well-known for its vibrant nightlife and spectacular street dancing and boasts unmissable landmarks like Plaza de Armas, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the monumental La Moneda Palace. However, it’s by visiting Santiago’s colorful neighborhoods that travelers start to get a sense of the city’s unique character. You’ll also find traditional Chilean dishes such as empanadas (filled pastries), pastel de choclo (beef and corn casserole), and Cazuela de Ave (Chilean chicken stew) all over the city.

Ready to explore a little further afield? Just 72 miles (116 km) away is the kaleidoscopic coastal town of Valparaiso, where you can ride the funiculars, explore the UNESCO-listed historic quarter and enjoy some of the most breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.  Not far from Valparaiso is La Campana National Park. There are some great hiking trails, and light-footed explorers might even spot a huemul or two. Along with big cats like pumas and an abundance of birds, wildlife species are abundant here. It is fitting, considering its iconic Cerro La Campana, where Charles Darwin famously hiked.

Just over an hour's drive from Santiago is Cajón del Maipo, a wild and mountainous area perfect for hiking and horseback riding. It also has some steamy hot springs! Sporty travelers can reinvigorate their senses with a spot of surfing in the laidback coastal town of Pichilemu before toasting their adventures with a refreshing glass of Carmenere from the Colchagua Valley; this is Chile’s lesser-known but exceptional wine-producing region. 

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Your Luxury Northern Chile Trip Ideas

All of our Chile itineraries include visits to Central Chile, specifically Santiago, which is home to leafy parklands, rich history, colorful street art, chic cafes and excellent museums. The Chile Family Holiday, Chile Honeymoon, Classic Chile Tour and Luxury Chile Holiday itineraries also visit Valparaíso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a colorful coastal city.

Chile Honeymoon

Chile Honeymoon

Santiago, Valparaiso, Casablanca, San Pedro de Atacama, Easter Island (Rapa Nui).

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Two-Week Luxury Holiday in Chile

Two-Week Luxury Holiday in Chile

Santiago, San Pedro de Atacama, Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Valparaíso, San Antonio Valley.

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Chile Luxury Holiday

Chile Luxury Holiday

Santiago, San Pedro de Aatacama, Casablanca, Torres del Paine National Park.

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11-Day Family Trip to Chile

11-Day Family Trip to Chile

Santiago, Atacama, Santiago, Puerto Varas, Futangue.

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Two-Week Chile Adventure Holiday

Two-Week Chile Adventure Holiday

Casablanca, Mallin Colorado, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine National Park, Santiago.

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When to go to Central Chile

Whether you’re strolling the streets of Santiago, visiting vibrant and colorful Valparaiso or sampling some of Chile’s signature wines in Central Valley, spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) are great times to travel here. That’s because the milder temperature also attracts slightly smaller crowds.For context, Santiago’s average monthly temperature is around 15-20°C outside the hottest summer months.

But despite being the time when most tourists flock to the region, summer is still a beautiful time to travel here — the peak summer months run from December to February.

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As the sun sets in Santiago, the city's skyscrapers are illuminated with an orange glow while the Andes in the background descend into darkness.

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