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Discover the best times to visit Chile and what each season has to offer

From the scorching, arid desert of the north to the frozen glaciers of the south, Chile is a colossal country with at least seven different climates throughout the year. Choosing when to visit Chile will depend on what you want to see and do.

Summer in Chile (December to February)

The Chilean summer is filled with long, sunny days, and as the temperatures peak, so do the crowds and prices. It’s the high season for a reason, with the best trekking conditions in Patagonia and southern Chile, including Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine and the Aysén Region.

The central and northern regions are blazing hot, but you can always escape to the sandy coastline for a dip in the ocean, or venture to Easter Island (Rapa Nui) for tropical weather and the famous Tapati Rapa Nui festival in February.

Autumn in Chile (March to May)

With landscapes lit up in golden foliage, Autumn is a stunning time to visit Chile. Temperatures begin to cool, crowds are waning, and the wine harvests take centre stage. Visit Casablanca Valley to see lively celebrations, complete with traditional music, grape-stomping and wine tasting.

It’s a great time to trek the extraordinary landscapes of Patagonia without the summer crowds, although temperatures are dropping and rains are increasing.

Winter in Chile (June to August)

As the temperatures plummet, the ski season arrives, and you can carve up the slopes around the Lake District and Portillo. Winter is a fantastic season to explore central Chile, including Santiago, Valparaiso and Casablanca, while the Atacama Desert stays warm throughout winter.

Although Torres del Paine National Park stays open all year round, it is not recommended to visit Patagonia during winter, due to freezing conditions, heavy rains and shorter daylight hours. Instead, head to Easter Island (Rapa Nui) for balmy tropical weather and superb diving conditions.

Spring in Chile (September to November)

As spring rolls out across the country, you’ll find a parade of gorgeous wildflowers, including a brilliant display of desert blooms in the Atacama Desert.

Temperatures heat up and rains ease throughout central and southern Chile, and Patagonia returns to its summer glory around November. Take advantage of the wonderful weather, before the summer crowds arrive.

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