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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 81°F 3" 81°F 3" 81°F 3" 79°F 4" 75°F 5" 72°F 4" 72°F 4" 70°F 4" 72°F 3" 73°F 3" 75°F 3" 79°F 4"
Elqui Valley 75°F 0" 77°F 0" 73°F 0" 68°F 0" 64°F 0" 61°F 1" 61°F 1" 63°F 1" 66°F 0" 68°F 0" 73°F 0" 75°F 0"
Puerto Varas 68°F 3" 66°F 3" 63°F 5" 59°F 6" 54°F 9" 52°F 9" 50°F 9" 52°F 7" 54°F 6" 59°F 4" 61°F 4" 64°F 4"
San Pedro de Atacama 75°F 1" 75°F 0" 73°F 0" 70°F 0" 66°F 0" 61°F 0" 61°F 0" 64°F 0" 70°F 0" 72°F 0" 73°F 0" 75°F 0"
Santiago 86°F 0" 84°F 0" 79°F 0" 73°F 1" 66°F 3" 59°F 4" 59°F 4" 61°F 2" 66°F 1" 72°F 1" 79°F 1" 82°F 0"
Torres del Paine National Park 52°F 3" 50°F 3" 48°F 5" 43°F 4" 36°F 3" 32°F 3" 32°F 4" 34°F 3" 39°F 3" 45°F 3" 46°F 3" 50°F 3"
Valparaiso 73°F 0" 72°F 0" 70°F 0" 66°F 1" 63°F 4" 59°F 6" 59°F 5" 59°F 3" 63°F 2" 64°F 1" 68°F 0" 72°F 0"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Chile

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Visiting Chile in December

Chileans like to take their vacations in December, so coastal areas such as Valparaiso can become busy. As with January and February, December is a popular time to visit Torres del Paine National Park and we recommend booking well in advance for a stay here during this period.

Events & Festivals

  • New Year's Eve (31st December): The New Year can be celebrated in style in Valparaiso, where many of our favorite hotels offer terrific views of the fireworks displays that take place over the bay. Read more »

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