Chile Travel, Backpacking & Gap Year Guide

Chile Travel, Backpacking & Gap Year Guide

Chile stretches over half of the South American continent and has some of the most diverse landscapes in the world, from the driest desert in the world (Salar de Atacama salt flat) to the spectacular glaciers in Patagonia and volcanoes, mountains and lakes. Get information, advice and inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to travel, go backpacking or take a gap year in Chile.

 
 

Activities & Things to Do in Chile

Travel to Chile

Our destination guide aims to give you all the information you need to have an amazing experience in this amazing country. Find affordable travel and backpacking ideas with advice for amazing things to do and how you can be more than just your average traveller. You can also get recommendations for budget travel tips, where to stay and advice how to stay safe.

Get inspired to visit Chile today!

  • Population: 17,250,000 (approx)
  • Capital: Santiago (population 6,000,000 approx)
  • Currency: Chilean Peso (CLP)
  • Language: Spanish
  • International Dialing Code: +56
  • Area: 756,000 km2

 

Best Things to See & Do in Chile

  • The spectacular landscape in San Pedro de Atacama where you can see ruins or go sandboarding
  • Skiing in the Andes which is home to some excellent ski resorts and slopes with stunning views
  • The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Easter Island and get pictures of the Moi'an statues
  • Climbing Mount Villarrica which is an active volcano
  • Wandering around the capital - Santiago
  • If you would like to visit somewhere unique the Southern most city in the world is located in Chile 
  • Exploring spectacular Patagonia
  • Colchagua Valley
  • Lake District 
  • Chiloe Island
  • Torres del Paine
  • Arica
  • Punta Arenas

 

Travelling & Backpacking in Chile

Chile is located on the West coast of South America with over 2,500 miles of scenic coastline. This is a country full of beauty, outdoor adventures, tasty food, friendly locals, beautiful scenery and also world famous sights.

Places we recommend visiting include the huge Atacama desert in the North, Strait of Magellan and Patagonia in the South. The scenery, coast, Andes, sand dunes and glaciers will live long in the memory and on a authentic holiday booked through One World 365 you can experience the best locations in the country. Chile really will blow you away.

Gentler activities like cycling are perfect to enjoy with a loved one; you could even up the romance stakes by hiring a bicycle made for two. As a new arrival to Chile you will get to meet new friends, experience the thrills of this country together, and take part in new challenges of a small group. You’ll never forget climbing that mountain together, or tumbling down a waterfall in a raft. Experiences like these are sure to provide memories which last a lifetime, not to mention some interesting stories to tell to your friends and family back home.

Fun-filled is almost an understatement when you look at the activities on offer for groups to enjoy together; white water rafting through fast-flowing rivers, for example, is perfect for those who like their thrills to come with plenty of spills. For something completely unique, you could have a go at river bugging or even go skiing. Take advantage of the fact that it’s one of the few places in South America that offers so many adventures.

 

Gap Year in Chile

Whether you’re a student, graduate or just looking to do something different, explore famous sights or just lap up the beach life, we list gap year trips in Chile to give you lots of options. By plannng a gap year to Chile you will get to experience the culture and spirt of Latin America, along with beaches, spectacular coastline, nature, wildlife, glaciers, bright blue ocean, scenic road routes and gorgeous landscapes.

Most flights arrive into Santiago which has a hive of activity both throughout the day and night. Most Nationalities are granted a tourist visa on arrival in Chile if you have a valid passport, occassionaly and very rarely you might be asked for proof of an outbound ticket. Chile is quite a small country in comparison with others in South America but this doesn't mean there are any less things to do and places you need to visit. 

Public transport is very good / cheap in Chile but the distances are usually long / uncomfortable.We highly recommend you visit the mysterious Easter Island or travel to the world's driest desert - the Atacama - both places you must see at least once in your life. Usually you will need to be aged 18+ but there are shorter taster summer trips available for 16 and 17 year olds. A basic level of Spanish can sometimes be required for some trips.

Program start dates are usually weekly and you can join every month throughout the year. You usually need to commit a minimum of 2 weeks time to join, this can be extended though. Usually you will stay in hotels, hostels and guest houses in Chile, if you book a gap year through our website accommodation is usually provided where you will stay in a house with other internationals. Cultural homestays are also an option where you can live with a local family and teach them English at the same time.

Prices vary, please enquire for more information.