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The amazing diversity of South America makes Chile a very unique and special place to travel. The country's elongated formation captures the attention of potential visitors, while the nation’s remarkable geography keeps them coming back for more. Thousands of miles of coastline make Chile ideal for small ship cruises, and its dramatic Patagonia scenery is perfect for lodge-based exploration.

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We are award-winning expedition cruise and adventure travel specialists who proudly offer outstanding trips to the end of the earth. Our Chile experts have traveled extensively in Patagonia and on small ships in the region, and can provide the advice and support you need to travel the region right.

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Small ship cruising not only provides exclusive access to some of Chile's most famous hotspots, but does it in style and luxury. The perfect complement to Chile by sea is a Patagonia expedition. Solar-powered eco-lodges make for the perfect basecamp. 


Stella Australis Patagonia Expedition Cruise
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4 days
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Stella Australis Patagonia Expedition Cruise

Stella Australis will take you on an amazing journey to the “uttermost end of the earth.” Travel on one of the industry’s most comfortable ships designed to make your trip as pleasant and remarkable as possible in the Patagonia region.
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Via Australis Patagonia Expedition Cruise
From $1440
5 days
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Via Australis Patagonia Expedition Cruise

Embark on a journey to the “uttermost end of the earth.” On the Ushuaia - Punta Arenas route you will enjoy the splendor and beauty of unique natural scenery from aboard a comfortable ship set up to make your Patagonia experience unforgettable.
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Torres Del Paine Trek
From $810200
7 days
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Torres Del Paine Trek

The trails amongst the famous Torres del Paine craggy mountains are among the world's classic trekking routes. By day, explore nature in its raw form while winding through these exceptional mountains to enjoy the cozy luxury of EcoCamp's unique dome accommodations by night.
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Patagonia Wildlife Safari
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7 days
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Patagonia Wildlife Safari

Discover the magic at the end of the world on a 4- to 7-day Patagonia Wildlife Safari! No matter the length of your stay, you will be blown away by the unlimited beauty of the world heritage site Torres del Paine National Park.
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Easter Island Adventure
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4 days
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Easter Island Adventure

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is the farthest island from any populated land on the planet. It has been a place full of attraction and mystery ever since its discovery. This tiny triangle of land was the birthplace of a fascinating civilization. Come explore amongst hundreds of Moai-giant statues sculpted from rock and ponder this fascinating history.
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Chile is an intriguing travel destination due to its startling contrasts and extreme beauty amidst a wide range of climate and geography. With attractions varying from many great national parks, soaring volcanic peaks of the Andes, the ancient forests of the Lake District and hundreds of small offshore islands, a multitude of opportunities for excellent adventure travel awaits. With interesting history and a climate unlike any other South American country, Chile truly is one of a kind.

With an impressive coastline stretching over 2,700 miles it is interesting to note that Chile never reaches more than 110 miles wide, making it more than 18 times longer than its widest point.

The feature that brings in the most travelers is the unique appearance of Chile’s elongated and slender figure contrasted by the monstrous and virtually impassible peaks of the Andes, an enormous mountain range that is still rising and contains more than 50 active volcanic peaks. With an impressive coastline stretching over 2,700 miles it is interesting to note the width of the country never reaches more than 110 miles wide, making it more than 18 times longer than its widest point.

Bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and marked by the extremity of Cape Horn to the south, the waters surrounding the country make for a treacherous peninsula surrounded by stormy seas passable only through the quietness of the Strait of Magellan.

Chile’s interior contains a long and expansive river valley that is homeland to its indigenous peoples, the Araucanians. Consisting of a 500-mile corridor of vineyards and great farms to the north, and primeval forests and enchanting lakes to the south, the valley contains many valuable resources for its inhabitants. Since it is also surrounded on three sides by virtually impassable barriers, it is a very well-protected place to reside.

With the intense contrasts of this unique region, it is no wonder people have developed a deep passion for exploring this diverse country. This passion can even be traced back to the fifteenth century when an Inca army under Tupac Yupanque rule encountered one of the three Araucanian peoples (the Mapuche) in their isolated valley after succeeding to cross one of the three great barriers, a 600-mile string of salt basins that make up the Atacama Desert. Today, people of all kinds continue to explore the multitude of Chile's great geographic plains.

Chile offers a wide range of climate, which can be divided into three major climatic regions: arid in the north, humid in the south and temperate in the valley. Overall, the country enjoys a rather comfortable temperate climate besides the obviously extreme climatic conditions of the Andes and the Atacama. The climate varies depending on the part of the country you visit, and is therefore difficult to generalize. However, it can be compared to a Mediterranean climate in the central area, with increasing temperature brackets on the outermost regions. The farther north you travel the hotter and drier the climate, whereas you'll experience a cooler, wetter climate as you head farther south.

Chile differs from most South American countries in the sense that it experiences four distinct seasons: winter (June – August), spring (September- November), summer (December to February) and autumn (March – May). The seasons fall at opposite times from the United States because the country lies deep in the southern hemisphere. Rainfall tends to be restricted to the winter months in the north, and stays somewhat consistent throughout the year with periods of heavy precipitation in the south-central areas.

Santiago, home to 80 percent of Chile’s population is said to behold the most ideal climate. Thanks to well-defined seasons, Santiago residents get to experience hot summers, short temperate winters and a fall and spring that brings pleasantly cool breezes. It does occasionally snow in Santiago and other parts of central Chile, but the snow usually melts quickly except in the higher mountains.

Chile Average Temperature & Rainfall

Santiago

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (°F) 86 84 80 73 64 57 59 62 66 71 78 82
Avg. Low (°F) 55 51 48 44 41 37 39 39 42 44 48 51
Rainfall (Inches) .07 .07 .15 .47 2.4 3.2 3.0 2.2 1.2 .47 .35 .15

 

Punta Arenas

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (°F) 60 58 56 52 45 41 40 43 47 52 56 58
Avg. Low (°F) 43 42 40 38 34 30 28 31 33 36 40 41
Rainfall (Inches) 1.4 1.1 1.6 1.6 1.7 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.1 0.9 1.1 1.2
Altiplanico Hotel

Altiplanico Hotel

This hotel is designed in the style of the traditional Easter Island boathouse, with luxurious gardens, a beautiful swimming pool viewing the sea and large open spaces to relax after encountering the seductive mysteries of the island.
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EcoCamp

EcoCamp

The basic premise on designing the EcoCamp was to maintain the nomadic spirit of the ancient inhabitants that moved along the dismembered coast looking for food and shelter. This people lived in harmony with "Mother Nature" and built their huts out of wood, furs and leathers, all organic materials they found on site.
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Iorana Hotel

Iorana Hotel

Rapa Nui or Easter Island, has ancient culture and beautiful landscapes in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. We invite you to visit this wonderful island and enjoy your stay at Iorana Hotel, a place naturally designed to make you feel serene.
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Posada de Mike Rapu

Posada de Mike Rapu

Easter Island's Posada de Mike Rapu was the first in South America to obtain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the United States Green Building Council.
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Stella Australis

Stella Australis

This deluxe, 210-passenger Stella Australis ship is one of the best vessels sailing around Chile's Cape Horn and Patagonia region. Comfortable cabins with large windows, open bar and delicious dining.
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Via Australis

Via Australis

Travel to the "End of the Earth" aboard the 64-cabin Via Australis to experience the wonders of the breath taking Patagonia up close and personal.
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