Looking at Chile on a world map makes it seem absurdly thin and absurdly long, as it stretches from South America's belly to its foot. It’s home to environments on both ends of the geological scale, from some of the world’s driest deserts to icy southern glacial fields.
Chile is a vast country, stretching for over 4300km. Here, diverse landscapes unfold - parched dunes, fertile valleys, volcanoes, ancient forests, massive glaciers, and fjords. There's awe in every detail and nature on a grand scale.
On our Chile tours, you can expect to see some of the most dramatic and beautiful regions of Patagonia, from the coast and Chile's largest penguin colony to high glaciers and spectacular mountains.
On our adventurous Chile tours, one of the highlights is the quaint and colourful city of Punta Arenas, which is easily accessible by domestic flight from Santiago or by road or cruise from Ushuaia. Another must-see destination is the small island of Magdalena – which is home to to the native penguins – here, you’ll soon see that the island remains largely untouched and holds an abundance of natural beauty.
We’ll take you to the forests and dramatic mountains of Torres del Paine National Park – famous for its soaring mountains, bright blue icebergs that break off glaciers, and golden pampas (grasslands) that protect rare wildlife such as llama-like guanacos. There are three granite towers that give the park its name, as well as the horn-shaped peaks known as Cuernos del Paine, are among its most iconic features.
Chile is a land steeped in history, and daily life is infused with indigenous and European traditions. Chile's cultural heritage is represented by seven UNESCO Cultural World Heritage sites. Furthermore, their diversity - from Incan roads to Polynesian Easter Island to 19th-century city quarters - demonstrates how long the land's history truly is. Similarly, they are an important part of Chile's tourist attractions and one of the many compelling reasons to book a Chile tour.
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There was a lot of communication from the beginning. The encounters staff was very responsive and the tour guide was great and very accommodating. Encounters was also able to help me with last minute changes to my itinerary while I was on the trip.
Anthony has been a pleasure to work with and when he is not available, other members of the team respond in a timely manner. I have booked a total of 6 trips since December 2013 and plan to book more to fill my bucket list.
Amazing tour. Any issues we had were addressed in a timely fashion and the resolutions were satisfactory. My only complaint is the driver picking us up was late and none of the cell numbers worked when we tried to call and figure out what to do.
I have dealt with Anthony Horrobin on a number of occasions and it is like talking to an old friend on the phone. Anthony is super-efficient and will always go the extra mile to create the perfect trip.
I had an amazing time on the trip. Everything was incredibly well organized and planned out to a tee. Our tour guide, Big Mo, was amazing and super knowledgeable. I couldn't have imagined a better trip to Egypt!
Dial Code: +56
Area: 756700 sq. Km
Elevation: Highest Point: Ojos del Salado 6,893 metres (22,615 ft) | Lowest Point: Pacific Ocean, 0 metres
Population: 19.21 million (2021)
Government: Representative Democratic Republic
Offering diverse and breathtaking landscapes, Chile is a place like no other. You will be able to explore the most iconic and remarkable places.
There are mountains of places to explore such as the Torres del Paine National Park, Easter Island, Atacama Desert and Rapa Nui Parque Nacional.
It is also an adventure travellers paradise. Experience the adrenaline rush of skiiing, horseback riding, scuba diving and trekking.
As soon as you arrive on Chilean soil, you’ll definitely be welcomed with open arms. While in Chile, you’ll soon learn that there are some very peculiar social norms. Embrace the language of the locals as they express their vibrant culture and history.
You cannot leave Chile without indulging in the delicious cuisine. Experience an Asados, a barbecue that is the perfect social event to bring both the locals and the travelers together. Fun fact, the best Chilean food can be found on the streets. Try the empanadas, humita and the completo, you won’t be disappointed! What better way to pair this than with Chile’s famous wine selection.
Communities form an important part of the picture too. A European influence is obvious in the art and architecture of dynamic cities such as Santiago and Valparaiso. But it’s possible to find evidence of indigenous cultures: central Chile has been occupied by the Mapuche for thousands of years and descendants of Easter Island’s Polynesian Rapa Nui continue to live an isolated life on the mainland.
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