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. 
 
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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Chile Tours

3 NIGHTS From 1,270

Explore the island of Chiloé in Chile, famous for myths and legends & its heritage churches. This 4 day tour includes a trip to the Chiloé National Park.

4 NIGHTS From 2,640

Base yourself in Hotel Las Torres (the only hotel in the Torres del Paine National Park) and head out on trails to the most renowned places in the park.

3 NIGHTS From 960

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

5 NIGHTS From 10,205

Pure Patagonia Premium Photo Adventure is an amazing experience into Torres del Paine’s unique wildlife, led by photo & wildlife professionals.

4 NIGHTS From 2,015

Travel to the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. Enjoy guided treks, wildlife excursions & gaze up at the star-filled sky through your dome ceiling.

3 NIGHTS From 2,490

Enjoy this 4-day tour and enlighten your senses travelling through incredible Chile -visit some of the marvellous wineries the country has to offer.

20 NIGHTS From 7,290

Looking to explore South America? This 21 day loop covers the best of Argentina, Brazil, Peru and a taste of Chile. Highlights include Machu Picchu, Iguazu Falls, the Amazon and more.    

5 NIGHTS From 1,890

Explore the winemaking heartland of South America’s best known wine exporters, Chile & Argentina.

Articles On Chile

Bogota International Airport Guide

Posted on Tue, 03 Apr 2018

Comprising two (domestic and international) terminals, Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport is Colombia’s busiest and the third most trafficked airport in all of Latin America. As the most convenient aviation gateway into the country, Bogota International Airport handles over 50 percent of the air traffic in and out of the country, with over 30 million people transiting through its gates …

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Thing To Do In Svalbard

Posted on Sat, 31 Mar 2018

A fascinating icy wonderland home to some of the most iconic wildlife on earth, as well as imposing glaciers, dramatic fjords and breathtaking frozen horizons, Svalbard is the famed ‘last stop’ en route to the North Pole.  An archipelago floating over 800km north of the Norwegian mainland, Svalbard is, quite literally, built on ice, and is as spellbinding as it …

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Exploring the Amazon: Lodge or River Cruise?

Posted on Fri, 30 Mar 2018

The largest rainforest on the planet, one sensational adventure: will it be lodge or river cruise for your unforgettable Amazon adventure? Planning a trip to the Amazon rainforest is one of the most coveted bucket-list adventures for those who travel anywhere in Latin America. Given the sheer size of this jungle haven (almost 7 million square kilometres) access points into …

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Best Things to do in Latin America – JANUARY Guide

Posted on Wed, 28 Mar 2018

Kicking off a brand new year with a Latin American adventure is too good an idea to pass up. Global festive season notwithstanding, January is simply a superb month to visit some of the most iconic highlights in the whole continent. Not only to escape the freezing temperatures of the Northern Hemisphere but because NOW is when you’ll find the …

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Best Time to Travel to Bolivia

Posted on Wed, 28 Mar 2018

Boasting a complex climatic system dictated by altitude, rather than latitude, Bolivia is, in some respects, a year-round destination. Having said that, the country does fall under the tropical rain season spell and, given the remoteness and lack of major infrastructure in its most revered spots, this can cause severe travel restrictions at certain times of year. Being such a …

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History of Guatemala

Posted on Wed, 21 Mar 2018

With a rich indigenous history dating back 4,000 years, Guatemala is one of the most enriching countries to visit in South America. Once an ancient hub for the Maya Empire and subsequent Spanish colony, the country has suffered tremendous blows throughout its existence thanks, primarily, to its precarious location locked between much more dominating countries. Forever a pawn and relentlessly …

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History of Belize

Posted on Wed, 21 Mar 2018

Discover the fascinating history of Belize, from Mayan stronghold to nature-lover’s paradise. Belize is often described as ‘Mother Nature’s best-kept secret’ and one of the world’s last untouched travel destinations, but it is often overlooked by mainstream tourism. Revered by avid SCUBA divers, Belize boasts the world’s second largest coral barrier reef. Beyond the tropical azure beauty, you will find …

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

Posted on Thu, 15 Mar 2018

If you happen to be reading through all of our month-by-month best of’ guides, you’re probably seeking that sweet spot: that month of the year when everything, or at least the great majority of Latin American destinations, are at their best. Well…consider it found. Welcome to what we like to call…Awesome April! April marks the start of autumn in the …

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Antarctica Flights Review

Posted on Tue, 06 Mar 2018

Travelling to Antarctica is an expensive endeavor. Given its location, there is no way you can get there without spending a significant amount of money. One of the cheapest options available, though, is to take an Antarctica overflight, which depart each year out of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Such trips are certainly convenient, but are they worthwhile? Antarctica Flights These flights are taken …

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History of Cuba

Posted on Wed, 28 Feb 2018

It’s quite astonishing to imagine a small island of only 11 million people could elicit such extraordinary images by the mere mention of its name. Cuba, a country synonymous with revolution, resistance, socialism, rum and cigars, is one of the most fascinating destinations in the world. Despite the recent easing (and not) of tensions with the USA, its archenemy 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