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Chile is one of the few final frontiers that we still have on our planet today. You’ll find rushing rivers, soaring peaks, and massive statutes are ready and waiting for your arrival right now.

Chile also gives you access to one of the world’s great mysteries with Easter Island and their massive moai statutes.

Chile is stretching almost the entire length of the South American continent and is wedged between the intimidating Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, it is a country rich in natural beauty, culture and heritage.

The most fascinating aspect about Chile is its geography. Although the country stretches over 4.500 km from north to south, making it the longest country in the world, it is only 425 km at its widest point, east to west. The country offers an amazing landscape, ranging from a chain of volcanoes in the Andes to freezing glaciers, fjords, inlets and islands.

Since the country spans over 30o of latitudes, it experiences some dramatic climatic variations. The northern region undergoes mild variations in climate and has little to no rainfall. The Central Chile region features more pronounced seasonal changes with some rainfall in the winter months. The southern part, stretching to the famous Strait of Magellan, is considerably cooler with more rainfall than the rest of the country.

Natural wonders are readily on display in Chile with its active volcanoes and massive mountain peaks. Yet there is also a certain beauty in places like Torres del Paine National Park, where you can explore glaciers and icebergs situated amongst granite monoliths.

Or you could experience the unique high desert landscapes that Chile offers. Communities like San Pedro de Atacama allow you to explore dramatic landscapes, enjoy hot springs, and explore local culture in a very unique way. Surfing, backpacking, and other adventures are all readily available, but so is the opportunity to kick back and relax on the beach.

There is a certain wine culture that can be found in Peru as well, despite the fact that the country is often described as a “land of extremes.” It is 4,300 kilometers in length, with the world’s driest desert and vast glacial fields, yet still it provides generational orchards and vineyards that produce wines for any occasion or mood.

Santiago, located in the center of the slender country, has been the capital city since the first European settlement was established there in 1541. Although Santiago is the capital city, the Congress is located in the nearby port city of Valparaiso.

Chile might be the bookend of South America, averaging just 175 kilometers in width, but this uniqueness is just part of its personality. It is a country that relates to you, helps you to relax, and makes you feel like you’re home.

The Chileans take pride in their tradition and culture and call their country Pais de Poetas, which means ‘Land of the Poets’.

City A-Z

Antofagasta

Located in Northern Chile, Antofagasta has been a traditional mining region for the area. With its coastal location and foundation of old wealth, the infrastructure of the city has grown in the last decades to provide an almost resort-like atmosphere for this hardworking city. With soft sands, palm trees for shade, and unique locations to explore, a visit here is a magnificent opportunity. One of the iconic images of Antofagasta is the Mano del Desierto. This sculpture, more than 10m...

Arica

Travel and vacation in Arica, Chile Here you will find general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts as well as travel deals. We write about the best sights, shopping and things to do. See current weather, forecasts and current exchange rates updated many times a day. Arica is Chile's northernmost city, being located only 18 kilometres south of the border with Peru. The city is the capital of the Arica Province and Arica is known for the mild, temperate climate with some of the...

Concepción

Travel and vacation in Concepción, Chile Here you will find general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts as well as travel deals. We write about the best sights, shopping and things to do. See current weather, forecasts and current exchange rates updated many times a day.Concepción, (in full Concepción de la Madre Santísima de la Luz, "Conception of the Blessed Mother of Light") is one of the largest urban areas in Chile. It is also situated in the most heavily industrialized region...

Iquique

Iquique was founded in the 16th century, but didn’t begin to grow into a modern community until the saltpeter mining in the region began to take off in earnest. It is one of just two free ports in Chile. You’ll also find plenty of beaches to enjoy, regional sites to explore, and stunning museums to tour. Begin your journey at the Playa Cavancha. It’s the only beach in the city that is suitable for swimming. The waves are large enough for...

Puerto Montt

Travel and vacation in Puerto Montt, Chile Here you will find general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts as well as travel deals. We write about the best sights, shopping and things to do. See current weather, forecasts and current exchange rates updated many times a day. Puerto Montt is a port city in southern Chile, in the Llanquihue Province, 1,000 kilometres south of the capital, Santiago. Puerto Montt was founded in 1853 during the German colonization of southern Chile where the city soon outgrew older neighboring cities due to...

Travel resources for Chile

How is the weather in Chile?

Santiago
scattered clouds
13.8 ° C
20.6 °
9 °
66 %
3.1kmh
40 %
Mon
20 °
Tue
16 °
Wed
18 °
Thu
16 °
Fri
18 °

Official holidays in Chile

Below you can see a list of the official holidays

DateEnglishSpanish
January 1New Year's DayAño Nuevo
VariableGood FridayViernes Santo
VariableHoly SaturdaySábado Santo
May 1Labour DayDía del Trabajo
May 21Navy DayDía de las Glorias Navales
June 29Saint Peter and Saint PaulSan Pedro y San Pablo
July 16Our Lady of Mount CarmelVirgen del Carmen
August 15AssumptionAsunción de la Virgen
September 18National holidayFiestas Patrias
September 19Army DayDía de las Glorias del Ejército
September 20National holidayFiestas Patrias
October 12Columbus DayDía del Descubrimiento de Dos Mundos
October 31Reformation DayDía Nacional de las Iglesias Evangélicas y Protestantes
November 1All SaintsDía de Todos los Santos
December 8Immaculate ConceptionInmaculada Concepción
December 25Christmas DayNavidad / Natividad del Señor
Chile

Largest city in Chile

Below you can see a sortable list of the largest cities in the country

Country rank CityPopulation
1Santiago5,428,590
2Valparaíso803,683
3Concepción666,381
4La Serena296,253
5Antofagasta285,255
6Greater Temuco260,878
7Rancagua conurbation236,363
8Talca191,154
9Arica175,441
10Chillán conurbation165,528

What is the capital of Chile

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Santiago de Chile, capital of Chile

Santiago is largest city in Chile and all the Americas. Founded in 1541, it is the perfect place to begin an exploration of the Andes Mountains. The city also has a remarkable downtown core, featuring 19th century neoclassical architecture throughout is many narrow and winding side streets. For those who love a good glass of wine, there are numerous vineyards outside the city to explore as well. Despite its age, few historical buildings exist in Santiago because of the high risk...