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Planning a trip to Chile?

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Chile has many different adventures to offer tourists, from stargazing in the driest desert in the world, ancient glaciers in the south, enchanting forests, and lakes located at the foot of massive volcanoes.

  • Currency: Chilean peso
  • National Language: Spanish
  • Time difference: Mainland Chile is typically 4 hours behind the UK. Easter Island is 6 hours behind
  • Flight time: Average flight time from London is 14h 40mins

Did you know?

Driest place on Earth

NASA research has concluded that Chile's Atacama Desert, located in northern Chile is the driest desert in the world.

With its cloudless skies, virtually zero light pollution and high altitude, the Atacama Desert is a favourite with stargazers and perhaps the best place in the world for observatories.

Some weather stations in the Atacama have never reported rain at all.


Tri-continental nation

Chile is the longest country in the world, stretching all the way from the Andes to the Pacific. It's more than 4,600km in length, but only has an average width of 150km. 

As well as sharing borders with Argentina, Peru and Bolivia, Chile also has territories in Polynesia and Antarctica, making it a tri-continental nation.


Famous stone figures

Easter Island is famous for its array of almost 900 giant stone figures that date back many centuries.

The Polynesian island was named Paaseiland, or Easter Island, by Dutch explorers  in 1722.

Easter Island is the world's most isolated island, located 2,300 miles (3,700 km's) west of Chile.

Patagonia in Chile

Chile is a land of great contrasts

From big cities and urban culture to vast areas of natural beauty including both the desert and the sea, Chile has it all. The people of Chile are warm and welcoming, with a great sense of their ancestral past, often expressed through the diversity of their festivals.

If you're a keen winter sports enthusiast, you'll be delighted with the world class ski & snowboarding resorts and conditions, provided by more than 2,500 miles of mountains. Making it possibly the best destination in South America for snow based sports, just remember to include winter sports cover when arranging your travel insurance. From north to south Chile has a wide range of climates (and microclimates). Being in the southern hemisphere, broadly speaking its seasons are the reverse of the UK's, so winter is June to September and summer is December to May.

Compared with most South American countries Chile might be considered fairly expensive. Accommodation can be relatively costly, but eating out is relatively good value and transport is also relatively inexpensive.

 Be careful when travelling to any foreign country, as a responsible travel insurer we always recommend you check for the latest Foreign Office advice before planning a trip, the latest FCO advice for Chile can be found here.