With its vast north-to-south expanse, Chile has no one climate. Still, October and November are springtime, and tend to be the most pleasant time of year. High season in the Lake District is November through March, the Southern Hemisphere's spring and summer. Winter here can be cold and overcast, but the skiing is great in the mountains. In Patagonia, the weather is cool year-round and best September through April. Some places, such as national parks, may be closed in the winter. It is sunny and warm year-round in the Atacama Desert to the north. Easter Island enjoys tropical warmth all year.
You'll be unlikely to find a bargain from mid-December through February or in the middle of July. The exception is Santiago, as locals leave the city in the summer, making for better hotel rates. Rural hospedajes rent out rooms for cheap. City residenciales, or boarding houses, offer a room, shared bath and communal kitchen. (Beware: Many lack central heating.) More comfortable accommodations range from remote hiking lodges to sleek urban hotels. Restaurant meals are pricey, as is fresh food in the market, but beer and wine are bargain-priced. Public transportation is also a deal, including buses and the subway in Santiago.
circumnavigate south america by gary and henny
My wife and I joined the Crown Princess in Forth Lauderdale on the 16 Feb. '14 for a 49 day cruise around South America finishing in Los Angeles. The cruise itself was great as we visited over 20 ports of call. The most interesting were Barbados where we went snorkelling with the turtles and after we enjoyed ... Read more!
Christmas & New Years Cruise South America Style by Amelia Hesson
12/22/12--Valparaiso & Santiago, Chile on the Star Princess We pulled in Valparaiso very early in the morning, around 4am. We had hired Christian, the van man over a year ago and were looking to get an early start. Our agenda included Santiago, a nice sit down lunch, a visit to a winery with tasting, and a ... Read more!
Air-Cruise with Antarctica XXI on the Ocean Nova by Dileep Bhandarkar
06 December 2012 It all started with the 4 am alarm and we were ready by 5 am for the taxi to show up for the half hour trip to SEATAC airport. The flight out seemed to be on time. What a relief! But after checking in and going to the gate we learned that we were going to be delayed by one hour due to weather ... Read more!
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