Best time to visit Chile

A thin sliver of land sandwiched between neighbouring Argentina and the South Pacific, Chile is a country which spans a range of latitudes and climates and is home to vast dry deserts, rolling vineyards, aqua lakes and icy glaciers. You can head to the north and Easter Island any time of year, whereas central Chile (including Santiago) has the opposite seasons to us here in the UK. Patagonia, in the far south, is best visited between October and March but is prone to changing weather conditions. Check out our climate tips below to find out the best time to explore the different regions of Chile.

Chile's Climate by Region

  • Weather
  • Temperature (celsius)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
North ChileSunSunSunSunSunSunSunSunSunSunSunSun
Central ChileSunSunSunSunSunSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsSunSunCloud
South ChileSunSunSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsSnowSnowSnowSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsSun
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
North Chile242423232220202122232424
Central Chile2120181511881011141719
South Chile1514131064458111214
Woman jumping in the desert

North Chile & Easter Island

In the north of Chile lies the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world. You can explore this part of the country all-year-round. A five-hour flight off the Chilean coastline lies the remote Easter Island, one of the few places in Chile where you’ll find the combination sun, sea, sand and palm trees. Though the biggest draw for travellers here are the mysterious moai statues that scatter along the coastline. Easter Island enjoys a humid, subtropical maritime climate and you can head to here any time of year.

Santiago & Central Chile

Famous for its abundance of verdant rolling vineyards, Central Chile boasts a balmy Mediterranean climate with warm summers and cool wet winters. Valparaiso is located right in the heart of this central region and can be visited any time of year, though the Spring and Autumn shoulder seasons (late September- November and March-May) are particularly good months to visit.

The South & Patagonia

The best time to visit Patagonia and the southernmost region of Chile is November to early March (summer). During this time, the conditions are ideal for exploring places such as Torres del Paine National Park and Tierra del Fuego. Although you should bear in mind that because this is a popular time, this region is also likely to be more crowded. If you want to visit this Southern region during your Chile trip, we’d advise against travelling there between the months of June to September when freezing cold temperature make travelling around more tricky.

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