Chile Tours

Why visit? Whether it’s delving into the rich cultural heritage of Santiago, exploring Patagonia by horseback, trekking Atacama Desert, or wining and dining in Valparaiso, Chile offers endless opportunities to explore, rendering this combination the best recipe for the ultimate escape! 
 
Most Australian travellers start their tour in Santiago, the country’s capital. More European in feel than most Latin American cities, Santiago is a vibrant metropolis that is flanked on each side by the Andes and enjoys one of the most beautiful locations of any cities in the world.
 
From Santiago, you can continue your Chile tour to Calama in the country’s north and explore the driest hot desert in the world, Atacama Desert. Trekking Atacama will allow you to see the famous Atacama Salt Flats, visit Indigenous cultures or witness the incredible views over the moonlike landscape of Valley of the Moon. 
 
In Chile’s south, Patagonia is a place full of natural beauty with its spectacular volcanoes, ancient forests and glittering lakes and fjords set against spectacular mountain ranges. While Torres del Paine National Park has established itself as a Patagonia icon, there are many other hot spots from which you can get different perspectives of Patagonian countryside.
 
How to get there? Chile is now more accessible than ever thanks to increased air capacity and LATAM launching direct flights from Melbourne to Santiago last year. Two top-ranked airlines (LATAM and Qantas) now provide regularly scheduled services to Santiago. 
 
More information: Below we have shown you just a fraction of the options available for Chile and multi-country travel. Browse to get an idea of where you want to travel.
 
Still wondering? Contact us:  You are definitely better off giving us a call or dropping us a line and letting us do the hard work for you. 
 
#Livefortoday and book your Chile tour with us today. Chimu Adventures is Australia’s Latin America and Polar specialist and can put together an itinerary to suit you.

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

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For a picture perfect adventure, visit Chile's Lake District, combining stunning scenery and a range of outdoor activities.

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Explore Easter Island, one of the most isolated places on earth, and meet the Moai, the watchful stone guardians of the island.

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Discover two of Chile's most beautiful areas staying at two of Tierra Hotels luxury properties. 

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From the icy south to the desert north, from the rugged Pacific coastline to the highest peaks of the Andes, Chimu Adventures offers a myriad of opportunities to enjoy the country's unique geography and culture.

Articles On Chile

Cruise Antarctica – Top 5 Items You Shouldn’t Forget to Pack

Posted on Fri, 18 May 2018

Buck the trend and pack like a professional: discover the 5 items people always forget to take to an Antarctica expedition. Packing for an Antarctica expedition is both exciting and exasperating yet with the sheer amount of packing guides out there (including our own comprehensive Antarctica packing guide) you should get a fairly good idea of what will be useful …

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Press release: Visit the most remote destination on the planet on a Chimu cruise to East Antarctica

Posted on Tue, 15 May 2018

Sydney, Tuesday 15 May 2018 Following the adventure of their 2017 voyage which saw travellers sail 4025,1 nautical miles; identify eight species of penguins; spot thirteen mammal breeds; experience air temperatures of -6 Celsius and cross the Antarctic Circle no less than six times, polar specialists Chimu Adventures invite those who want the ultimate Antarctica experience to get involved in …

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What Not to Pack When Travelling to South America 

Posted on Tue, 15 May 2018

Whether you’re planning a wildlife-watching trip to the Pantanal, a rumble in the jungle of the Amazon, an expedition to the frigid ends of Antarctica, multi-day hike to Machu Picchu or, perhaps, a luxury cruise to the Galapagos, chances are one of the first things you’ll be researching is a comprehensive packing list. Now, before we even know where in South America you’re planning to go, we guarantee that you’ll pack …

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Best Things To Do in South and Central America – JUNE Guide

Posted on Tue, 15 May 2018

June marks the start of winter in most of Latin America and this month offers the most varied array of attractions and highlights. A month where you can really do it all: ski in the south, hike in the centre and snorkel in the north! And although this is also the start of the high tourist season in the continent, …

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The Arctic’s Inuit Culture

Posted on Mon, 14 May 2018

Shaped and influenced by the forbidding landscapes they’ve inhabited for thousands of years, the Inuit culture of the Arctic region is one of the most fascinating on the planet. Hardy, resilient, mysterious and immensely ingenious, the Inuits of the northernmost regions of the Americas, Europe and Russia have not only survived on some of our planet’s harshest environments but indeed …

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Quito International Airport Guide

Posted on Tue, 08 May 2018

Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport (code UIO), Ecuador’s premier aviation hub, connects passengers to all corners of the continent as well as a select number of destinations outside of South America, namely Amsterdam, New York City, Houston, Fort Lauderdale, Madrid, Miami and Dallas. Only 15kms from the centre of Quito as the crow flies, this relatively new facility was built …

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A typical day in Antarctica

Posted on Fri, 04 May 2018

There is really no such thing as a typical day in Antarctica. Individual landing locations are different every time due to weather, ice, currents or light conditions. The time in the season will affect many of these items as will it affect what is happening with the wildlife. In addition, every ship has different configurations, rules and structures. For example …

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Enjoying Brazil without internal flights

Posted on Thu, 03 May 2018

Ahh Rio, the “Cidade Maravilhosa” (that’s “Marvellous City” for those that don’t speak Portuguese). Famous for its beautiful sandy beaches, relaxed lifestyle and awe-inspiring natural beauty, it’s no wonder it receives more tourists than any other part of Brazil. If you’re thinking of going to Rio, we say stop thinking and DO IT. But whilst you’re planning your trip, we …

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Fascinating Facts to Help You Celebrate Earth Day 2018

Posted on Sat, 21 Apr 2018

April 22 marks the anniversary of the birth of modern environmentalism on this wonderful planet of ours. The brainchild of a US Senator who had witnessed the horrendous consequences of an oil spill in Santa Barbara in 1969, the Earth Day movement has grown from strength to strength over the last five decades. What started as a relatively small-scale attempt …

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Press release: Chimu’s Casa Republica wins prestigious Prix Versailles award

Posted on Thu, 19 Apr 2018

Sydney, Thursday 19 April 2018 Chimu Adventures’ boutique hotel in Lima, Peru, Casa Republica, has been named one of the Continental Winners of Prix Versailles 2018, claiming the ‘Special Prize Interior’ at the 2018 Prix Versailles Continental Ceremony for the Americas at Castillo Hidalgo in Santiago de Chile on Saturday 14 April 2018. This is a huge architectural accolade for …

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Chile Reviews

All Chimu Adventures' clients are given the opportunity to review their trip once they return home. These reviews are administered by a third party and as such are unfiltered by Chimu Adventures.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easter Island Was really not looking forward to going to Easter Island but it is one of those places you must visit. So glad I went though. Was one of the highlights of my trip so far. Awesome island in the middle of no where with friendly people and enough things to do to keep you occupied for a few days. The tour through Chimu Adventures was great and well organised. You pretty much cover the major hotspots of the island in 2 days. Would definitely recommend to anyone keen on going to Easter Island for a short amount of time.
Date published: 2016-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chile - highly recommended We loved Puerto Varas, the pretty little town sitting on the banks of the lake and surrounded by active snow capped volcanos. Also enjoyed visiting Chiloe Island which was a good chance to see a place relatively untouched by the brush of tourism. We also loved Valparaiso. Fabulous town with multi coloured colonial buildings sitting precariously on steep cliffs overlooking a picturesque bay. Street art everywhere. Such a relaxed atmosphere. Plenty of choice of places to eat, great wine and pisco sours. Our guides for all tours were friendly, knowledgeable and really nice people. The connections were seamless. Hotels were all good, we particularly enjoyed the quirky ones.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hotel Galerias stopover We spent two nights in Santiago on the way to Peru, and enjoyed it very much. The hotel was comfortable and clean, and the tours we went on to Valparaiso and Vina del mare were very good. Good place to break the long haul flight.. not a patch on Peru though.
Date published: 2014-08-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Atacama Dreaming August 2015 The town of San Pedro de Atacama is a major disappointment - eternally dusty with more stray dogs (and dog poo) per square metre than people in some places. The nearby town of Taconao has paved streets with local volcanic stones and makes for a much more pleasant environment than San Pedro. While the Casa de Don Tomas is rated as three stars, it really is only a two star establishment by Australian standards. Outside of San Pedro, the landscapes are amazing and the guides at CTS (an affiliate of Chimu) were quite knowledgeable. We stayed for four nights, which was probably one night too many at our chosen hotel. We would recommend that anyone contemplating this tour choose a different hotel to Casa de Don Tomas. Overall, this tour could not be recommended based on value for money.
Date published: 2015-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lakes District I was based in Puerto Varas with three daily tours to Frutillar, Puerto Montt, Chiloe, Petrohue and Osorno Volcano. The CTS Turismo guides were fantastic and the scenery amazing. Osorno Volcano was my personal favourite
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Santiago Fell I love with Santiago. Had a great guide Fernandinho with terrific knowledge of his City
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking Torres del Paine Completing this after an Antarctic cruise, I thought I would be let down. I wasn't!
Date published: 2014-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chile, Chile, Chile We enjoyed our brief 5 day stay in Chile. Santiago probably isn't the greatest city in the world but the hotel was great (Luciano k) and we enjoyed the city tour. We then spent 3 nights in Torres del Paine staying at Tierra hotel. Incredible, I wish we stayed 5 nights! Incredible guides, good food and we had the most spectacular weather. Big thumbs up.
Date published: 2017-03-22
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The Five Geographical Zones of Chile

Posted on Thu, 23 Feb 2017

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 …

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Wildlife in Chile

Posted on Wed, 11 Jan 2017

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 …

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The Chilean Cuisine

Posted on Tue, 08 Nov 2016

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 …

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The Rich History of Chile

Posted on Tue, 25 Oct 2016

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, …

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The Culture and Customs of Chile

Posted on Wed, 19 Oct 2016

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 …

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The Great Variance in Climate in Chile

Posted on Sun, 09 Oct 2016

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 …

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Best time to visit Chile

Posted on Wed, 05 Oct 2016

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 …

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Frequently Asked Questions

What money do they use in Chile?

The unit of currency in Chile is the Chilean Peso (CLP).
Please check websites such as www.oanda.com or www.xe.com for up to date exchange rates prior to your departure.

What language do they speak in Chile?

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.

What is the religion of Chile?

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.

Do I need to be fit to go to Chile?

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.

Is it safe to travel in Chile?

Most South American countries have now recognized that tourism plays an important part in their economies and governments have taken great steps to change South America’s poor security image. Violent crime is rare in Chile but there are the usual risks of pickpocketing in crowded areas and bag theft. 

To minimise security risks we recommend the following: 

  • do not show any outward signs of wealth or wear expensive jewellery
  • keep your valuables in your hotel in safety deposit boxes
  • keep any valuables that you must carry with you hidden, as pickpockets can be present in crowded areas and around tourist areas
  • use only registered taxis with official identification
  • avoid going on your own to remote areas or where tourists would not be expected to go
  • always keep your day pack and camera close to you and never leave them unattended

Do I need a visa to travel to Chile?

A pre-arranged visa is not required to enter Chile for citizens of the following countries:

  • Australia
  • United Kingdom
  • The United States
  • Ireland
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • European Union
  • South Africa

For other nationalities please visit the website of the relevant consulate.

Please note that Australian citizens must pay a "reciprocity fee" to enter Chile. This is not a visa, since a visa is not required for visitors from these countries. It is a fee based upon the fees that Chilean citizens pay for visas to Australia. The fee is subject to change but can be paid on arrival in US$ cash or by credit card.

How long do I need to travel to Chile?

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.

How much should I budget daily for Chile?

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. 

Do I need to get vaccinations for Chile?

Although no specific vaccinations are required for Chile travel and no proof of any vaccination is required to enter the country, we recommend that you visit your doctor or a traveller’s medical centre for current information specific to those places that you will be travelling through.

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is not required for mainland Chile but it is required if you are travelling to Easter Island from yellow fever infected areas in Africa or the Americas. Measles occurs worldwide and is common in developing countries. As a general guide we recommend the following:

  • Yellow Fever - if travelling to Easter Island from an infected area
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis - Both A and B (twinrix)
  • Typhoid
  • Diphtheria
  • Cholera
  • Rabies
  • Tetanus

What kind of power adaptor plug do I need for Chile?

In Chile the standard voltage is 220V and standard frequency is 50Hz. Power sockets are of types C and L.

Please visit the below link for more information: http://electricaloutlet.org/

What should I pack to travel in Chile?

What you need to pack will depend on when and where you plan on travelling and on the activities that you plan to include whilst on your Chile tour.

The following should act as a useful checklist of essential items:

  • Passport, photocopy of passport & spare passport photos
  • Travel Insurance documents  
  • Air tickets and itinerary
  • Foreign Currency (US$) and/or debit/credit cards, traveller’s cheques
  • Money belt 
  • Small daypack
  • Basic first aid kit 
  • High UVA sun block 
  • Sunglasses & sunhat
  • Mosquito spray & insect repellent
  • Comfortable walking shoes/boots
  • Sandals 
  • Long sleeve tops and trousers 
  • Light-weight clothing
  • Warm clothing (depending on itinerary and time of year)
  • Camera with spare battery and memory cards
  • Security code padlock
  • Adaptor 
  • Small torch