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Atacama Desert, Chile

Chile

When to visit Chile

Introduction

The climate in Chile varies dependent on location. The country stretches from glaciers to tropics, coast to mountaintops; impossible to ignore when considering when to travel.

The south is best visited in the summer months (late-November to March) when temperatures are more pleasant and longer days add a magical feel to the lakes and plains. Long days also allow travellers extra time for outdoor pursuits. The shoulder seasons, spring and autumn, are also pleasant, but heavy weather in the winter isolates some towns and villages and makes some roads impassable.

By contrast, the north and the Atacama Desert are best during winter, spring and autumn and though summer is also fine, be wary of high temperatures, which often break into the 40s. Night time temperatures in the Atacama Desert are bitterly cold year round. In the far north, a regular afternoon downpour occurs in the summer months and though this rarely scuppers plans, it's easy to avoid by travelling in the shoulder seasons.

Predictably perhaps, Middle Chile is best during those middle seasons - spring and autumn, September to late-November, February to early-May respectively.

Climate for this destination

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Torres del Paine National Park

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Daily max temp (Nov)
12.2℃

Monthly rainfall (Nov)
32mm

Santiago & Central Chile

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Santiago, the wine valleys and Valparaíso are at their best during spring and autumn when there are fewer crowds and daytime temperatures are pleasant.

Daily max temp (Nov)
25.4℃

Monthly rainfall (Nov)
10mm

The Atacama Desert & Northern Chile

With little or no rainfall to worry about, the Atacama Desert can be visited year-round although nights can be quite cold, especially in winter (June to August).

Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

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Easter Island experiences its best weather during summer (October to April) but expect rainfall at any time of the year.

Daily max temp (Nov)
24℃

Monthly rainfall (Nov)
72mm

San Rafael Glacier & Carreterra Austral

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Daily max temp (Nov)
16.5℃

Monthly rainfall (Nov)
117mm

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