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Marble caves on General Carrera Lake, Patagonia

When is the best time to visit Chile?

The best time to visit Chile depends on the region you’re traveling to. October to March are the warmest and most accessible months for visitors heading to Patagonia, in the south of the country.

Meanwhile, Santiago, the Central Valleys, and the Atacama Desert are truly year-round destinations. June, July and August are popular months for skiers in the mountains around Santiago, while April’s displays of fall leaves in Chile’s winelands make this month an appealing time for a visit.

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March is a wonderful month to visit Chile - the strongest winds in Patagonia are starting to ease, autumn leaves are beginning to show in the Lake District and the national parks are getting quieter, making for a really special experience.

Chloe, Latin America Specialist

Chile Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Easter Island 27°C 85mm 27°C 74mm 27°C 85mm 26°C 114mm 24°C 134mm 22°C 106mm 22°C 110mm 21°C 90mm 22°C 83mm 23°C 82mm 24°C 73mm 26°C 93mm
Elqui Valley 24°C 0mm 25°C 0mm 23°C 0mm 20°C 3mm 18°C 9mm 16°C 24mm 16°C 19mm 17°C 15mm 19°C 6mm 20°C 3mm 23°C 1mm 24°C 0mm
Puerto Varas 20°C 76mm 19°C 83mm 17°C 120mm 15°C 152mm 12°C 241mm 11°C 233mm 10°C 216mm 11°C 186mm 12°C 143mm 15°C 110mm 16°C 105mm 18°C 92mm
San Pedro de Atacama 24°C 22mm 24°C 4mm 23°C 2mm 21°C 2mm 19°C 1mm 16°C 0mm 16°C 0mm 18°C 0mm 21°C 3mm 22°C 3mm 23°C 1mm 24°C 3mm
Santiago 30°C 0mm 29°C 2mm 26°C 2mm 23°C 20mm 19°C 64mm 15°C 93mm 15°C 93mm 16°C 55mm 19°C 30mm 22°C 19mm 26°C 16mm 28°C 3mm
Torres del Paine National Park 11°C 81mm 10°C 86mm 9°C 115mm 6°C 105mm 2°C 87mm 0°C 79mm 0°C 91mm 1°C 85mm 4°C 75mm 7°C 85mm 8°C 79mm 10°C 87mm
Valparaiso 23°C 4mm 22°C 1mm 21°C 5mm 19°C 25mm 17°C 89mm 15°C 161mm 15°C 124mm 15°C 81mm 17°C 39mm 18°C 20mm 20°C 8mm 22°C 4mm

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Chile

Santiago, Chile

Visiting Chile in January - February

January and February are busy times to visit Chile, it being the peak of the country's summer. Accommodation in Torres del Paine National Park in particular gets full very quickly and prices shoot up here at this time of year. This is a good time to visit Santiago as many residents travel out of the city; reducing congestion and hotel prices.

If you’re thinking of visiting the Atacama Desert, it's worth noting that, in recent years, this region has seen freak heavy rainfall for a short period (normally just a few days) in late January to early February. Please talk to your specialist for more information.

Events & Festivals

  • Vendimias (late February to early May): These are wine harvesting festivals that take place across Chile's wine growing area, usually featuring grape stomping, local music and wine tasting.

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