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Chile: Best Time to Visit

Chile has three tourist seasons. The high season is November to February. This is when Patagonia is at its best and its warmest. If heading to the beaches, they will be crowded. The shoulder season from September to October and March to May is, temperature wise, the best time to be in the Lakes District. The wine regions have wine festivals in March. A good time to visit the Atacama Desert is in the low season from June to August. Santiago is pleasant any time of the year. The Atacama Desert has sunny weather year-round but at nighttime, temperatures drop severely. The summer months can be extremely hot. You can expect Patagonia to be generally rainy all-year-round. In the winter, many services shut down and passes become impenetrable.

Average Temperatures.







Santiago 30 C/86 F 23 C/73 F 15 C/59 F 16 C/61 F 22 C/72 F
Valparaiso 20 C/68 F 19 C/66 F 16 C/60 F 16 C/60 F 16 C/61 F
Puerto Varas 20 C/68 F 15 C/59 F 10 C/50 F 11 C/52 F 14 C/57 F
San Pedro de Atacama 25 C/77 F 23 C/73 F 21 C/70 F 22 C/72 F 24 C/75 F
Punta Arenas 15 C/59 F 9 C/48 F 4 C/39 F 52 C/41 F 10 C/50 F

NOTE – All quoted temperatures are daytime average highs unless otherwise stated and can vary.

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