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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

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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