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Chile

Cheap flights to Chile

Chile is a country that soothes your soul. The nature is breathtaking, the cities are vibrant, and the people are warm. With the towering Andes on to the east, the formidable Atacama Desert to the north and the warm waters of the Pacific to the west, geography has played a huge role in Chile’s history. Most notably, in the wine industry, as the parasite that destroyed Europe’s heritage vineyards couldn’t make it over the Andes.

Chile is one of the safest and easiest to travel countries in South America. Whether you’re rubbing shoulders with alpaca farmers on the Andean plateau, riding with the gauchos in Patagonia, or hanging out with city slickers in Santiago, you’ll find plenty of friendly faces.

When you’re flying to Chile it’s important to think about which part of the country you want to visit. Chile is extremely long: in real terms it could stretch from Norway to Nigeria. It’s also only 150 miles across at its widest point, so no matter where you decide to go you’re never too far from the sea or the mountains.

Santiago

Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL) is the busiest passenger airport in Chile, and one of the busiest airports in Latin America. It’s the main gateway to Chile by air, and is the closest airport to the country’s capital: Santiago. The city is lively, colourful, and has a great art and food scene to boot.

Iquique

Diego Aracena International Airport (IQQ) is the gateway to the Tarapaca region in northern Chile, and is the closest airport to Iquique: one of Chile’s top beach resorts. This is where glamorous casinos meet down to earth surf schools, and duty free boutiques attract shopaholics.

Antofagasta

Cerro Moreno International Airport (ANF) serves Antofagasta, a sprawling port town in the north of Chile. While the city does have a few charming plazas, it’s mostly an industrial port town dealing in minerals from the nearby Atacama desert. It’s a popular stopping off point for travellers heading onwards to discover the natural beauty of San Pedro de Atacama and Copiapo.

Arica

Chacalluta International Airport (ARI) is just over half a mile south of Chile’s border with Peru, and serves the laid back beach town of Arica. Plenty of sun and sand makes it a popular destination with travellers looking for a bit of relaxation, although there’s also some good hiking in the nearby Parque Nacional Lauca.

Easter Island

Mataveri International Airport (IPC) is the most remote airport in the world, and serves the tiny Easter Island. Culture vultures and history buffs will love the abundant archaeological sites,

particularly the stone heads (moai) which have become the symbol of the island. The crystal clear waters are also excellent for surfing.

Punta Arenas

Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport (PUQ) is in the south of Chile, in the Patagonia region. The city of Punta Arenas makes a great base if you’re planning on doing a lot of onward travel, with excellent links to Argentina, the Torres del Paine and the Tierra del Fuego.

Concepcion

Carriel Sur International Airport (CCP) is the second largest airport in Chile, serving the huge city of Concepcion in the centre of the country. There’s a lively nightlife, lots of gorgeous parks, and plenty of interesting museums.   

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