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Chile Travel Wiki

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Find general travel information, guides and “good to know”. Find the cheapest flights and best hotels offers in one click multi search engine - just click a city and discover the best of the country.

Travel to Chile

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 Guides

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Antofagasta Travel Wiki Travel to 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...


Arica Travel Wiki Travel to Arica 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 lowest annual rainfall rates anywhere in the world why there are rarely any clouds over Arica. Its mild weather has made Arica known as the "city of the eternal spring".  Arica is an important port for a large inland region of South America....


Concepción Travel Wiki Travel to Concepción 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 in the country. Concepción sits about 500 kilometres south of Santiago, the country's capital. Greater Concepción (Gran Concepción) is the second-largest conurbation in the country, with almost 1 million inhabitants. Travel and vacation in Concepción, Chile Here you can find information about travel and holiday trips to Chile. You will find...

Easter Island

Easter Island Travel Wiki Travel to Easter Island Easter Island invites you to explore the magnificent landscape and incredible culture that have made it famous. Come see the ancient statues, known as Moai, that draw thousands of visitors every year, and learn about the traditions of Easter Island’s indigenous peoples. Go on an adventure in the glorious caves and fabulous volcanoes. Spend your Easter Island vacation relaxing on a white sand beach, or go snorkeling in the blue waves of the...


Iquique Travel Wiki Travel to 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...

Puerto Montt

Puerto Montt Travel Wiki Travel to Puerto Montt 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 its strategic position being a gateway city into Chiloé Archipelago and Western Patagonia. Travel and vacation in Puerto Montt, Chile Here you can find information about travel and holiday trips to Chile. You will find travel deals as well as general travel information, guides, “good...

Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales Travel Wiki Travel to Puerto Natales Puerto Natales is a city in Chile, Patagonia. It is the capital of the province of Última Esperanza in the southernmost part of Chile. It is the final passenger port of call for the Navimag ferry sailing from Puerto Montt. The city is also a transit point for visitors to Torres del Paine National Park. Originally Puerto Natales was settled by European immigrants, primarily Germans and British. Travel and vacation in Puerto Natales, Chile Here you can find information about travel and holiday trips to Chile. You will find travel deals as well as general travel...

Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas Travel Wiki Travel to Puerto Varas Puerto Varas, also known as "La ciudad de las rosas" or “the city of roses”, is a city in the southern province of Llanquihue. Puerto Varas was founded by German immigrants who settled the shores of Lake Llanquihue as part of a government colonization project during the presidency of Manuel Montt in 1853. The city is famous for these German traditions and its natural environment. Puerto Varas is a very popular tourist destination. It enjoys a scenic location close to mountains, lakes, forests and...

Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas Travel Wiki Travel to Punta Arenas Found near the southern tip of South America, Punta Arenas went by “Magallanes” for about a decade before it decided that it wasn’t the right identity. Just outside the city sits one only two free ports that Chile offers. A stay here allows you to explore the Brunswick Peninsula, enjoy some time at the beach, and even be the start of an exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula. A stay in Punta Arenas demands a visit...

San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama Travel Wiki Travel to San Pedro de Atacama San Pedro de Atacama is a Chilean town in El Loa Province. It is located east of Antofagasta overlooking the Licancabur volcano. It features a significant archeological museum, the R. P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum, with a large collection of relics and artifacts from the region. The biggest sight in the region is the native ruins nearby which attracts increasing numbers of tourists interested in learning about pre-Columbian cultures. Travel and vacation in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile Here you can find information...

Santiago de Chile, capital of Chile

Santiago de Chile Travel Wiki Travel to Santiago de 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...


Valparaiso Travel Wiki Travel to Valparaiso With its centralized location in Chile, Valparaiso is one of the region’s most important seaports. For the visitor, you’ll find the access to the sea provides stunning beaches.  There is a distinct personality that can be found in this city that isn’t found anywhere else as well. For the last half of the 20th century, Valparaiso slowly degraded toward ruin. Preservation attempts, working side by side with local artists, have created a fusion of graffiti art,...

Travel resources

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Biggest City Chile

Facts about Chile, Biggest city What are the name of the biggest city Chile, and how big are city by population. Easy overview of the informations in the sortable table below. Please note that the informations comes from various sources,if you are using the informations professional you should get confirmation that the figures are actual. Last update august 2017

Chile Holidays

Chile Public Holidays See the calendars for national Chile holidays year by year. Find and just click on the year you for which you need more information about Chile holidays, and the calendar for the year will open. When is the non working days for the year. Public / national days, see the calendar for the country here.

Geography and facts, Chile

Chile, geography and facts explained Geograhy, facts, local customs and foodie guide. All explained in videos 8 to 15 minutes, very good, informative and funny videos that will ensure you see the videos to the end. The videos are produced by Geography now, thanks for the videos and keep up the good work.

National Tourist Information Chile

Traveladvisor in Chile: Are you going on a vacation you can get lots of free and professional help, traveladvice and information from the National Tourism Organisation. Discover the country and the cities getting the most out of your vacation with the professional help from the people who knows their country and their culture the best. Chile Tourism Authority WEBSITE FACEBOOK TWITTER YOUTUBE FLICKR INSTAGRAM PINTEREST VIMEO Vacation in Chile Chile stretches along the western coast of South America, encompassing thousands of square miles of beautiful and varied terrain. The copper-rich deserts...

Official holidays

When are holidays and no working days in the country ?

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

Which are the largest cities ?

Listing of the most important and largest cities in the country

Country rank CityPopulation
4La Serena296,253
6Greater Temuco260,878
7Rancagua conurbation236,363
10Chillán conurbation165,528