Best Time to Visit Chile

Stretching over 2,500 miles from top to bottom, Chile occupies a vast range of varied landscapes which exist in hugely different environments and climates. For this reason, while the Austral summer (October to March) is often cited as the natural time to visit Patagonia, other areas which experience less extreme seasonal changes - like the central valleys, northern desert and far off Easter Island - are undoubtedly year round destinations.

High Summer (November – February)


Petrohue Falls

The high summer is Chile’s peak tourist season. Temperatures in the most visited region (Patagonia) can often reach around 15°C drawing keen hikers and bikers to its stunning glacial backdrops. Subsequently, accommodation prices increase dramatically and early booking becomes essential if you wish to stay at the most sought after properties. Elsewhere, the high altitude of much of the Atacama keeps daytime temperatures pleasant with average highs of around 25°C, but nightfall is still marked by large temperature drops as the sand struggles to retain the day’s heat.

The Lake District, one of Chile’s wettest regions, celebrates its driest period in the summer and the ocean breeze tempers the heat of the sun, producing conditions ideal for walking.

The residents of Santiago tend to use these months to travel out of the city, reducing congestion and leaving the tourists to enjoy the high temperatures of the capital, which regularly reach around 28°C.

Shoulder Seasons (October and March)


Valle de la Luna, San Pedro de Atacama

This is a beautiful time to visit Chile. Though temperatures tend to be a few degrees lower than high summer, the entire country can usually still be easily accessed and the rewards for travelling at this time can be very worthwhile. The crowds disperse, accommodation prices often drop and much of the natural scenery (particularly in the central regions) bursts dramatically into a plethora of spectacular colours and contrasts.

Winter (April-September)


Easter Island

During the winter months the number of tourists decreases significantly throughout Chile. As the temperatures in Patagonia plunge, many hotels and guesthouses shut down and some of the wild and remote landscapes can become difficult to access - despite the easing of the notoriously strong summer winds. Easter Island, along with the central and northern regions remain open for business however and due to the lower visitor numbers, this period is seen by many as the best time to travel there. Those planning a trip to The Lake District should prepare for rain, but should not encounter the accessibility problems faced further south.


Public Holidays

Festival of La Tirana

It is important to note that public holidays in Chile can impact upon your holiday plans. Many businesses, including banks, museums and other tourist attractions may shut down or experience increased demand during these periods and you should therefore try to plan your time accordingly with this in mind.

2018 Public Holidays

01 January – New Year’s Day
30 March – Good Friday
31 March – Easter Saturday
01 May – Labour Day
21 May – Navy Day
02 July – Saint Peter and Saint Paul Day
16 July – Our Lady of Mount Carmel
15 August – Assumption Day
17 September – Independence Celebrations
18 September – Independence Day
19 September – Army Day
15 October – Columbus Day
01 November – All Saints Day
02 November – Reformation Day
08 December – Immaculate Conception Day
25 December – Christmas Day

2019 Public Holidays

01 January – New Years Day
19 April – Good Friday
20 April – Easter Saturday
01 May – Labour Day
21 May – Navy Day
29 June – Saint Peter and Saint Paul Day
16 July – Our Lady of Mount Carmel
15 August – Assumption Day
18 September – Independence Day
19 September – Army Day
20 September – Army Day Celebrations
12 October – Columbus Day
31 October – Reformation Day
01 November – All Saints Day
08 December – Immaculate Conception Day
25 December – Christmas Day

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