Flights to Chile – An exotic land of contrasts
Chile is has one of the world’s most unique topography. To its north stretches the great Atacama Desert and to its extreme south, the Chilean Patagonia, a starting
point to the South Pole, Antarctica, while the chain of Andes run through its length alongside the Pacific Ocean. The wine region near Santiago produces unique wine
from Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, and Carmenere grapes. Tourists flock to Chile from all over the world to behold the iconic Moai dolls of the Easter Island. Take ample
time to explore the country’s treasures, such as Laguna Verde, Churches of Chiloe, San Rafael Glacier, Volcan Villarrica, Cerro Mamalluca Observatory, and much more!
Best time to visit Chile
The Atacama Desert, Santiago (capital city of Chile), and the Central Valleys enjoy great weather throughthe year, but September is best suited for tourism. December
to February is the ideal time to explore the rest of the country. You can also participate in the New Year’s Eve celebration and Vendimias (wine harvesting festivals)
held during this time. It is the peak season, so you must make bookings well in advance. October is springtime when The Lake District offers breathtaking scenic
March is perfect for visiting the winelands and other places, when the accommodation prices reduce due to lesser crowds. Wildlife lovers must visit from April to May,
when the chances of spotting rare animals (like Puma) in the Torres del Paine National Park, are high.
How to get there
The major international airport of Chile is the Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. It is located in Pudahuel, just about 15 km from downtown
Santiago and has regular bus, taxi, and shuttle services. This airport is the largest in the country, with excellent connectivity to major cities of the world. Book
cheap air tickets for connecting flights to Chile from India, via top domestic and international airlines such as Emirates, British Airways, Air India, Singapore
Airlines, Etihad Airways, Jet Airways, etc.
Places to stay
Santiago Downtown, Historic Center, Providencia, Bellavista, and Farellones are the best tourist areas in Santiago. The accommodation price range per night in Santiago
varies from INR 2,000 to INR 32,000 approximately.
Chile offers hostels, budget and luxury hotels, ski resorts, guesthouses, mid-range accommodation, camps, B&Bs (Bed and Breakfasts), etc. in other parts of the country
like Valparaiso, San Pedro de Atacama, Puerto Natales, and Pucon. The per-night cost of hotels ranges from INR 900 to INR 25,000, approximately.
When in Santiago, make it a point to visit its top attractions like the Andes mountains, Mount Aconcagua (the tallest peak in the western hemisphere) Santa Lucia, La
Moneda Presidential Palace, Portillo, The Chile Pre-Columbian Art Museum, Plaza de Armas, and the wineries.
Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean, is the jewel of Chile. The island features 900 giant stone structures of heads called ‘moai’, which date back to thousands of years
and are spread across 64 square miles. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, largely protected inside the Rapa Nui National Park.
Head to the Torres del Paine National Park, which offers stunning views of rivers, mountains, lakes, and glaciers. Valle de la Luna (the Moon Valley) is a popular
attraction in the Atacama Desert because of its resemblance to the surface of the moon. Lauca National Park is home to immaculate mountain lakes, major archaeological
sites, and more than 140 species of fauna, like Chilean flamingos, Andean geese, the great Andean condor, crested ducks, etc.
The Lake District offers enticing views of snow-capped volcanoes, deep lakes, rich farmland, and dense forests. It is ideal for hiking, biking, whitewater rafting,
canoeing, skiing, volcano climbing, and horseback riding.
Shopping in Chile
Some of the best places and markets to shop in Santiago include Persa Bío Bío, Centro Artesanal Santa Lucía, and Pueblito de los Dominicos. When in Chile, shop for the
unique products and souvenirs, such as jewelry, leather goods, weavings, clothing, craft items, wine, ceramics, woolen products, carvings, and much more!
When in Chile, you can expect a blend of Chilean Indigenous Mapuche influence, local ingredients, traditional Spanish cuisine, and other European cuisines. The
Completo (hot dog), Pebre (hot chilli pepper sauce), Chilean Empanadas (baked pies), Porotos Granados (fresh beans stew), Pastel de Choclo and Humitas (corn and beef
casserole), and Churrasco and Chacarero (Chilean Steak sandwich) are some of the delicious foods you must try.
•Which are the budget airlines to Chile?
American Airlines is the budget airline to Chile.
•What is the time difference between India and Chile?
Chile is 8 hours and 30 minutes behind India.
•What is the average duration for flying to Santiago from major Indian metros?
Delhi to Santiago – 27 hours
Hyderabad to Santiago – 29 hours and 20 minutes
Bangalore to Santiago – 27 hours
Chennai to Santiago – 27 hours and 45 minutes
•What are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Chile?
Doha, London, New York, Paris, and Miami are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Chile.
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