Best time to visit Chile
Chile is so long and thin, consider it like an ever-fluctuating thermometer.
Chile's elongated shape – 4,300km north to south – makes the best time to visit Chile hard to call. The north – including the world's driest desert – is a year-round destination, while January and February see warm, long summer days in most places, plus a plethora of local festivals. October and November are good for Patagonia and central regions, with clear skies, spring blooms and fewer crowds than the December to January peak. March and April offer autumn colour. Easter Island can be visited year round - March offers generally good weather.
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Alan Lyall from our friends at South America tour specialist Andean Trails suggests two great times to enjoy contrasting places: “In January, many families have left Santiago for vacations, so the city is less frenetic. It's mid-summer so great for sitting outside, sipping a drink and enjoying the sunshine. Great for walking around too – there is much to see, like sculpture parks and outdoor theatre. On Sundays, they close streets around the Forestal Park to hand them over to pedestrians and cyclists. And March in the wine country in central Chile is a good time, as it's the grape harvest – so local places such as Santa Cruz in the Colchagua Valley have wine festivals.”
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Festivals & events in Chile
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Independence Day - "Dieciocho" (September 18)
September 18 – and days around – sees nationwide Independence Day celebrations known as fiestas patrias (literally "patriotic parties"), either outdoors or in temporary wooden buildings called ramadas. It's wonderfully colourful - traditional costumes, folk music/dancing, parades by Chilean cowboys (huasos), plus flowing wine. Many places set up fondas (stands) selling traditional food and drinks.
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