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Best time to visit Chile

Top tips on the best time of year to visit the likes of Santiago and Patagonia in Chile.

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Lakes, deserts, volcanoes and the metropolis of Santiago – Chile has a real box of tricks to offer tourists.

The best time to visit will depend on what you want to do, though. Unless you want to do it all, in which case there are a few things you need to know.

Find out below.

Best time to visit Chile

September to November and March to May.

Between September and November the temperature in Santiago hovers around 15℃, give or take. It's a similar story in April. The coldest months are June and July when the mercury sits around 9℃. At this time of year it can get pretty cold in Chilean Patagonia. Thermometers are no strangers to -1℃ and -2℃.

Why?

Summer hits the southern hemisphere between November and March, so Chile is no exception. Unfortunately, the high temperatures come with high tourist numbers. Plan your visit either side of this time and you should still benefit from warm weather and just manage to escape the worst crowds and highest hotel prices too.

Weather and prices

Best time to visit Chile, weather-wise: November to March is best as it's the summer period. If you're after warm temperatures then book between January and February as you can expect temperatures around 30°C during the day.

Cheapest time to visit Chile: June to August will cost you the least if you're planning on visiting. The wet season hits between May and August as this is the winter. However this is an ideal time to get the snow gear out as it's also the ski season.


Best time to visit Chile for...

  • Sightseeing around Santiago. The months of January and February are peak summer holiday season for Chilean locals, who flock to the beaches to take a break. Handily, this leaves the capital city emptier than usual. Hotel prices dip and there’s a little more wiggle room in the streets.
  • Hiking Patagonia. Between March and May the crowds ease off in Patagonia and temperatures, although starting to cool from their summer highs, are usually comfortable. Whatever the season, it’s always good practice to bring layers and decent outdoor gear with you to Patagonia.
  • Explore the wineries. Chile’s wineries are open year round but the best time to visit the vineyards is March to April as this is harvest season where experience packages are prevalent, you’ll see and taste the best of the grapes and may even be able to make your own wine.
  • Beaches. If you're keen for some sunshine then book between November and February. Temperatures will be ideal for a quick dip or just some lounging around on the sand.

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