Chile is considered one of the most popular travel destinations in the last five to ten years and even made it into Lonely Planet’s top 10 destinations. If you are wondering why, it is due to its great diversity of landscapes, climates, and destinations across the country. But when is the best time to visit Chile? In this article, you can find out when is the best time to go to Chile and how you can enjoy your stay there.
A country of wonders: Chile
Chile is unique and extraordinary for several reasons. Where is Chile located? Chile is located in the southwest of South America and is part of the Cono Sur, the continent’s southern cone. About 4200 kilometers separate Chile from the north to the south, but the extension from west to east is only about 200 kilometers on average.
Chile is often called an isolated “island country” because it is bordered in the north by the driest desert in the world, the Atacama Desert. On the east side is bordered by the mighty Andes, in the south by the ice masses of Patagonia and Antarctica, and in the west by the Pacific Ocean. This geographical peculiarity, and especially the long north-south extension, ensures that Chile is home to several climate zones. It is one of the few countries in the world where you can experience sweltering heat and freezing cold within two days, so this must always be considered when planning a trip to Chile. Always consider this when packing your luggage and selecting your desire travel time best, depending on the places you want to visit. In any case, the country is very suitable for a round trip.
Climate zones and weather in Chile
As already mentioned, Chile is lucky to have several climatic zones due to its incredible length. First and foremost, it should be noted that Chile is located in the southern hemisphere. Therefore, the seasons are exactly the opposite as in North America and Europe. The primary summer months are January and February, while July and August are the coldest months, and spring begins in September. The climate zones are also ” the wrong way round ” as to what you are used to since it is warmest in the north of Chile, and the further south you go, the colder it gets. It makes more sense if you look at the map and notice that Chile’s southern tip almost meets the South Pole, and of course, it is cold there.
The best time to visit Chile
So when should one go to Chile? There is no single answer to this question; it all depends on where you want to travel in Chile and what activities interest you. For sure, one of the top destinations in Chile is the Atacama Desert. This destination is one of the easiest in terms of travel time because it is accessible all year round. It has a typical desert climate, cold at night, and sweltering during the day, with vast temperature differences.
During the spring and summer period (October to March), the nights are less cold and the temperatures during the day are a little hotter than in autumn and winter, thus between April and September. Rainfall is quite rare in the Atacama Desert, although some rain is most likely to fall between January and April. This meteorological phenomenon is called Bolivian winter. The winter in the Atacama Desert is particularly suitable for stargazing, as there is no precipitation at this time, and the sky is crystal clear.
For those interested in the south of Chile and Patagonia, the high season for the national parks and hiking is from December to February. Patagonia is by no means hot at this time, but the hiking trails are all ice-free, and during the day, temperatures can reach up to 20 degrees Celsius and usually do not fall below freezing point at night. So if you are interested in a hiking holiday, you can escape the winter and hike in the Patagonian summer. If you are a fan of Wintersport and prefer to ski, for example, the months of July and August are your travel months to come to Chile. During these months, ski resorts have a high season, and you can even see one or the other foreign national team training.
In summary, there is no single answer to the question, “When is the best time to go to Chile? Depending on your interests and time availability, there are good and better months, but you can travel the country all year round.