This medium-sized South American country stretches for 4.300 kilometers along the southwestern coast. In many areas it is quite narrow, reaching 350 kilometers at its broadest point. Due to its extraordinary length, the country is composed of a diverse number of climate zones and landscapes. Chile is uniquely separated from the rest of the continent by the Andes Mountain chain to the east and the world’s driest desert – the Atacama – to the north. This isolation means both the culture and nature of the country is quite unique. Santiago is a cosmopolitan civic and cultural hub, while much of the rest of the country is sparsely populated. Along with its landscapes and wildlife, Chile is also renowned for its food and wine.
Chile is a diverse country with subtropical, arid, Mediterranean, temperate and subpolar climates. Many guides offer ski touring and climbing trips from Chile’s Central Valley. Here the winters and summers have fairly mild temperatures, becoming increasingly dry the farther north you go. Many mountaineering trips are offered in the country’s north, which receives almost no rainfall each year and has hot summers and cold winters.
This depends on what you want to do. Most guides offer one to two day rock climbing trips around Santiago. Meanwhile, ski touring and mountaineering programs generally last for about one to two weeks, not including the time it takes to get to the start of the trip. Certain guides offer month-long expeditions that include a combination of activities.
Chilean Peso. Foreign currencies are typically not accepted in Chile, except for some hotels.
For rock climbing and mountaineering, the best time of year to visit is the summer (December-February). There is also some downhill skiing then too. In the winter and spring most guides offer ski touring. Guides generally offer ice climbing trips in the spring as well.
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