Chile Weather Guide
Considering the country spans desert to glaciers, the weather in Chile is similarly diverse and quite difficult to describe. But never afraid of a challenge, here we break down the seasons in Chile to give you the general gist of what to expect and what to pack.
Season and Clothing
Summer: December to February
Summer in some parts of Chile lasts longer than in other areas. In Santiago, warm and sunny summers span from November to March, while in the south of the country the Patagonian ice fields don't experience summer at all. For ideal summer conditions, central Chile is the place to be with subtropical to Mediterranean weather and seaside towns like Valparaiso enjoying mild 20 degree days.
Autumn: March to May
As it's the tourist low season, autumn can be a great time to visit Chile. During these months, the weather in the central area is moderate to mild, allowing travellers to still enjoy the beaches of the mainland and Easter Island without the crowds. The country's wine regions are also spectacular during this season as the changing leaves offer an incredible view.
Winter: June to August
Most winter travellers to Chile are keen skiers, hitting the slopes in places like Portillo and Valle Nevado. If you're not keen on snow, avoid the usually wet Santiago and Lake District and instead head north to the tourist hub of San Pedro de Atacama and the Atacama Desert when wintry temperatures are more bearable.
Spring: September to November
Spring is another tourist low season in Chile and therefore also a great time to travel around the countryside. If you do, you'll be able to catch the end of the ski season at declining prices. The country's other spring hotspot is the Patagonia area. With much of the flowers coming into bloom and days lasting longer, spring is a fantastic time to trek through this Andean region.