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Why safari holidays to Chile are truly unique

Why safari holidays to Chile are truly unique

With the Andes running along the length of its landmass like a spine, Chile assumes a ribbon-like appearance on the South America map. A confounding length of 4,000 kilometres against a maximum width of just 180 kilometres has created a varied landscape, where geography and climate in the north is completely different to that of the south. What does connect such opposing landscapes, however, is the outdoors. A Chile holiday truly does leave you feeling fulfilled. 

Patagonia landscape, Chile

A land of extremes: North to South

Never too far away from the Pacific Coast or the Andes on either side, beautiful natural sights are nearby at all times. Santiago is the capital city and cosmopolitan base for exploring the rest of Chile, with attractions such as the world-famous Maipu wineries, well-established ski slopes and unique coastal towns like Valparaiso all within easy reach. The northern section of Chile includes the dramatically lunar landscapes of the driest desert on earth – Atacama, yet  a few hours south of Santiago, the Lake District’s pristine scenery of 12 major deep blue lakes backed by snow-capped volcanoes offers some great hiking adventures. Many will also want to experience the southern extremes of Patagonia, the majesty and remoteness of which is sculpted from fjords, glaciers and brilliantly turquoise lakes.

Chile’s icing on the cake comes in the form of windswept Rapa Nui, or Easter Island. As the world’s most remote inhabited island in the mid-Pacific, over 2000 miles from mainland Chile, myth and history abound. The existence of the 900 giant monolithic ‘moai’ statues, which date back as far as 10th Century, has long puzzled historians and its deep crystal waters – the clearest in the world – entice any marine lover. More Polynesian than Latin, this history contrasts with the rest of Chile whose ethnicity is comprised of European settlers and Mapuche Indians.

The unique shape of chile affords it some of the most incredibly diverse landscapes and experiences as you travel from one extreme to another.



Whilst internal flights will be required through reputed national airline LAN, the Lake District’s stunning Carretera Austral road lends itself perfectly to some exhilarating self-drive routes and many sights around Santiago are accessed overland, whilst cruising through the fjords of Patagonia also comes recommended. Time permitting; combining Chile with Argentina can create some inspiring itineraries. Beginning in Santiago and ending in Buenos Aires, there are several crossing points between the two countries, either by road and boat through the mountains and lakes, or on a specialist cruise at the very southern tip of Patagonia, all with unforgettably breathtaking views.

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Why book with us

We are destination specialists

Our team of specialists have extensive on-the-ground knowledge and have all lived, guided or explored in great detail the destinations that they sell. They will design your journey around you, at the right place at the right time.

We are wildlife specialists

As a leading specialist operator we have excellent partnerships with naturalists and conservationists. We know our wildlife and do what we can to preserve its natural habitat.

We really care about our destinations

At Natural World Safaris we frequently monitor the social, economic and environmental impact of our travel operations to ensure we are at the forefront of a sustainable and ethical tourism industry. 

Puma cub, Chile, Keith Ladzinski

Your Next Steps

View our Chile safaris, or talk to one of our specialists for more details on travelling to Chile. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.