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The tour we arranged through Chimu was excellent in every respect. From the moment we arrived at the airport, we were well looked after! - Martin
LATAM is a recent merger between two of South America’s largest airlines- LAN Chile and TAM (Brazil). LATAM’s network throughout Latin America is unparalleled and as a result the new merger is attracting more leisure and business travellers who need the convenience of an extensive network within Latin America. Recently LATAM opened its new flagship business lounge in Santiago Airport …READ MORE
Located just 15km northwest of the Chilean Capital, Santiago Merino Benitez International Airport is the main gateway for international travellers travelling to Chile. Officially it is the 9th busiest airport in Latin America and also serves as a major gateway to Latin America from Australia and New Zealand. In fact the QANTAS flight from Sydney to Santiago is the world’s …READ MORE
From the dramatic landscapes of the Atacama Desert in the north to the mesmerising fjords in the south, Chile’s Best Highlights represent the wilderness diversity which makes it one of South America’s most incredible surprises. As one of the world’s most geographically diverse countries, Chile offers adventure seekers an exhaustive list of thrills. This peculiarly long and narrow nation, snuggly …READ MORE
A stunning city set deep in a valley framed by high Andean peaks, Santiago is South America’s quiet achiever. Efficient, modern, trendy and varied, the Chilean capital offers a surprising kaleidoscope of attractions and activities. Your insider’s Guide to Santiago, Chile, takes you to the heart of one of the most dynamic and cultural highlights in South America. So delay …READ MORE
Once upon a time, just a few years ago, San Pedro de Atacama was a mere springboard for Chilean desert and Bolivian Salt Flat adventures. Today, it’s become one of the country’s top travel destinations. Guide to San Pedro de Atacama – Chile’s (Worst Kept) Hidden Secret shows you why crossing arid lands and endless white horizons to reach a …READ MORE
The southernmost glaciated inlets in the world, cradled in the remote southern tip of Patagonia, the Chilean Fjords of Tierra del Fuego are a spectacular feast for the senses and a true splendour of nature. Stretching for more than 1,600km and encompassing an area brimming with not only fjords but also volcanoes, waterfalls and imposing glaciers, this stretch of harsh …READ MORE
An incredible playground of ethereal landscapes, Chile’s Atacama Desert is one of the most visually spectacular destinations in all of Latin America. By day, the parched and scorched land which crumbles beneath your feet seems otherworldly. And at night, away from artificial light pollution, it’s the skies that blow you away. The crossing of the Chilean Atacama Desert – and …READ MORE
Come and discover Parque Patagonia…before everyone else does! The latest addition to the Patagonian hiking scene, Parque Patagonia is just one more step towards the creation of one of the world’s largest protected nature reserves. What started as a mere dream for an intrepid, determined and affluent American couple has turned into a reality that is hard to criticize. But …READ MORE
A crossing of the world’s largest salt flat, from La Paz in Bolivia to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile, rates as one of most impressive adventures you can possibly have in South America. In one of the most remote regions of the continent, you’ll discover astonishing landscapes of seemingly endless salt plains, sporadically interrupted by otherworldly islands. If you’re …READ MORE
With the 2016 Rio Olympics on the spotlight, South America is once again re-emerging as one of the most popular travel destinations on the planet. If you fancy a totally different kind of South America adventure, then let us guide you through Chile, one of the most understated countries in the region and, without a shadow of a doubt, also …READ MORE
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Chile is one of the longest north-south countries in the world, extending over 4,000 kilometres from north to south, from the Atacama Desert in the far north to Tierra del Fuego and the Drake Passage in the south. From east to west it averages only 177 kilometres, a long thin country wedged between the longest mountain range in the world …READ MORE
Chile’s narrow elongated shape spanning a wide range of latitudes as well as altitudes, has resulted in many distinct ecosystems and a diverse range of wildlife. Marine mammals Along the country’s extensive coastline it is possible to see elephant seals, sea lions, blue whales, humpback whales, sperm whales, sea otters and dolphins. Mammals Animals that can be found in Chile’s diverse …READ MORE
To get the most out of a trip to any country you should try to experience the culture and the cuisine and sample some of the local dishes and the local drinks. Chilean food is fairly simple but varied and seafood, beef, fruit and vegetables all feature heavily. The cuisine stems from a combination of traditional Spanish cuisine, Chilean indigenous …READ MORE
The history of Chile dates back 10,000 years when migrating Native Americans first settled along the coast and in the fertile valleys of what is now Chile. As a result the country has a rich and vibrant history. A few interesting facts about the history of Chile are listed below. Mapuche The Incas extended their empire to northern Chile, albeit briefly, …READ MORE
Chile is one of the longest North-South countries in the world from the Atacama desert till Torres del Paine in Patagonia. Due to its interesting and vibrant history, Chile has a rich mix of culture and customs. The Population of Chile The majority of Chileans are mestizo (of mixed blood) although there are some remote parts of Chile where the …READ MORE
One thing that can be said about Chile’s climate – and that is that it differs greatly depending on where you are in the country. Chile is one of the longest north-south countries in the world, extending across 38 degrees of latitude and its climate varies significantly along its length. If you are in the south you are likely to …READ MORE
Chile is one of the longest north-south countries in the world with an incredibly diverse range of landscapes and spectacular scenery that ranges from the arid-sun baked Atacama Desert in the north to wild, rugged and breathtakingly beautiful Patagonia in the South. The climate is also varied and will depend on where you are in the country. This means that the best …READ MORE
Spanish is the official language of Chile with over 85% of the population speaking Spanish as their first language. The Spanish spoken in Chile differs from that in neighbouring countries due to it being distinctively accented with the use of local slang. Several indigenous languages are spoken in Chile including Mapudungun, Quechua, Aymara, Huilliche and Rapa Nui.
The official religion of Chile is Roman Catholicism, and the majority of Chileans are Catholic, with an estimated 55-60% of Chileans belonging to the Catholic Church. There are also Protestants in Chile, and some Mapuche Indians who still practice their traditional religion.
The level of fitness needed will depend on the Chile tour that you choose to take in terms of places to be visited and the types of activities to be included on your itinerary. Chile offers great opportunities for outdoor activities set against spectacular backdrops. They range from hiking ad trekking to climbing, skiing, white-water rafting, kayaking and fishing. Many of the best treks are to be found in the Lake District and National Parks such as the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park where the trails range from easy to difficult, with treks ranging from a few hours to many days.
You could spend anything from a few days to a few weeks on your Chile travels, depending on whether you plan to explore the entire country or just focus on one experience such as Torres del Paine National Park, the Lake District or a wine tour. Chimu Adventures offers itineraries to suit every time frame.
Our Chile tours include breakfast daily and many other meals may also be included in your itinerary. As a rough guide for additional spending money based on having moderately-priced lunches and dinners and buying a few souvenirs at local markets, we suggest a budget of 30-40 USD per day per person.