Best Time to Visit Chile

Determining the best time to visit Chile really depends on what you want to experience when you are there. Due to its length and topography, Chile’s north, central and southern regions have different climates. Our team of Chile specialists have designed fantastic Chile tours for every month of the year, so if you are tied to a date range there is most definitely an unforgettable Chile vacation for you.

Easter Island is a comfortable year-round destination. The peak tourist season runs from January to March. Prices are highest and accommodations scarcest during this period, especially during the Tapati Rapa Nui festival. The rest of the year is less crowded and at times you'll have the whole island to yourself. July and August might be a bit chilly for some tastes but it's ideal for hiking. Southern Patagonia is best visited from November to March when temperatures are milder, but visitors should be prepared for strong winds and changeable weather at any time. It is worth considering traveling outside this time, especially rewarding in April (for autumn colors) or October (for spring flowers) because winds can drop significantly and there are fewer visitors in the National Parks. May to September is winter and many hotels in Southern Patagonia close for the season. The Lake District has a climate similar to the Mediterranean, with warm short summers, and colder humid winters. Summer (October to March) sees plenty of sunshine and moderate rainfall, and it’s the best time to travel for hiking and riding and water activities. Winter can get very cold but offers unusual activities such as snowshoeing and relaxation in the hot springs. Santiago has a temperate-warm climate, with pleasant temperatures most of the year. December, January and February are the best months to travel, as temperatures are warmer at around 23 °C and tend to be drier. October/November and March/April are also good times to visit Santiago. The average minimum temperature in July and August is around 8 °C. The Central Valley enjoys a temperate Mediterranean climate from Mid-October to April with cooler temperatures and higher rainfall from May to September. The wine harvest takes place in March. Northern Chile is a year-round destination but its weather, particularly in the Atacama Desert, is affected by the high altitude with temperatures fluctuating dramatically from day to night. In winter (June, July and August) the average temperature is 22ºC during the day and at night it drops to around 4ºC. In summer (December to February) the temperature varies between 30ºC during the day and 16ºC at night. During these months, the temperature can reach 32ºC. There can be some rain between January-March. Antarctic weather is a lesson in extremes. Antarctica is the world’s coldest, windiest and driest continent. During the summer months the winds abate considerably and the weather is surprisingly comfortable, averaging between 20 and 50F (-6°c - 10°c). Summertime also means 18-24 hours of sunlight which allows life to flourish for a brief summer period. Long days also allow extensive exploration by small ship cruise to Antarctica. Antarctic weather allows for a short season of cruising from November to March each year.

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Climate guide for Chile

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Easter Island 17°F 43mm 20°F 53mm 32°F 30mm 49°F 109mm 57°F 129mm 68°F 123mm 76°F 174mm 69°F 54mm 68°F 315mm 47°F 144mm 33°F 47mm 30°F 36mm
Santiago and Central Valley 57°F 36mm 65°F 3mm 65°F 118mm 75°F 2mm 80°F 84mm 85°F 56mm 85°F 37mm 87°F 30mm 80°F 272mm 74°F 23mm 64°F 30mm 62°F 4mm
The Lake District 27°F 105mm 31°F 49mm 37°F 70mm 53°F 116mm 61°F 140mm 68°F 137mm 75°F 185mm 71°F 149mm 66°F 31mm 56°F 168mm 38°F 45mm 34°F 64mm
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