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Family Holidays to Chile

Some ideas for those planning a family holiday to Chile...

The diversity of Chile and the range of activities to do there; make it a great choice for family holidays. With breath-taking nature, awe-inspiring mountain ranges and pretty coastlines, there is more than enough to keep every member of the family happy! Chile’s summer coincides with European and North American Christmas holidays, making it a great destination for the Christmas break.

For active families, the main attraction of visiting Chile is the huge diversity of things to see and do here. In a matter of hours, you can go from the ice-covered fjords of Patagonia to the dry, lunar landscapes of the Atacama Desert. One day you can be walking past glaciers and through dense lenga forests in the Torres del Paine National Park, and the next you can be floating in a salt pool up in the area around San Pedro de Atacama.

Each area is well set up for activities, with hotels offering all-inclusive packages for families who want everything taken care of and B&B hotels for those who prefer to go off and explore at their own pace. For older families, the green and expansive Lake District is the home of adventure sports in Chile, with mountain biking, fly fishing, kayaking, mountaineering, and hiking all readily available. Meanwhile, the coastal area to the west of Santiago, with its small fishing villages, beach resorts and quirky coastal city of Valparaíso, is perfect for those looking for a bit of beach time at the end of their holiday.

Although the best time to visit Chile is during its summer, between November and March, it's still possible to travel to Chile during the European or North American summer break when you can visit the Atacama desert and take advantage of Chile's top-class ski resorts.

To have a chat with us about some of the different areas you can visit and possibly putting together an itinerary for you and your family, please send us an email or give us a call..

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    At a glance…Chile

  • Population: 17 million+
  • Location: South America
  • Recommended time to go: 5 to 14 nights
  • Time to visit: November to March
  • Go here for: Walking, nature and wildlife, activities
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    Our Top Five Family Holidays Hotels in Chile:

    1. Alto Atacama - External View

      Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa

      Alto Atacama has fast become one of the most sought-after all-inclusive luxury hotels in San Pedro de Atacama and for good reason. Combining modern accommodation with traditional design, the hotel’s terracotta building blends seamlessly into its surroundings and boasts some of the best views in the... More...

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    2. CasaSur Charming Hotel - Patio

      CasaSur Charming Hotel

      A small guesthouse in one of the quieter areas of Santiago, CasaSur is the opposite of large and impersonal. With only six rooms and the owners on hand to offer help with recommendations and directions, this little hotel in Barrio Italia is a home away from home and a great base for a couple of... More...

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    3. Hotel Rio Serrano - Location

      Hotel Rio Serrano

      With the new influx of high end properties in the area (see the Awasi, the Tierra and the Explora Hotels), the Rio Serrano has definitely slipped down the ranks as far as luxury is concerned but we still think it is a good option for those that are wanting some luxury but can't afford the higher... More...

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    4. Huilo Huilo - External View

      Huilo Huilo

      Set within a lush biological reserve in Chile’s Lake District and surrounded by peaceful lakes, snow-topped volcanoes and the Andes mountain range, Huilo Huilo is made up of a number of lodges and hotels, which offer immediate access to stunning nature. The Nothofaghus, Montaña Mágica and Reino... More...

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    5. Indigo Patagonia - Bedroom

      Indigo Patagonia

      Far and away our pick of the hotels in Puerto Natales…if not this entire region of Chile! Designed in a contemporary and simplistic manner, the hotel has cleverly combined natural wood with industrial, blackened iron, beams that create a three dimensional interior framework. The rooms, by contrast... More...

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