The longest and thinnest country in the world runs from the Andes to the Pacific. Along with the borders it shares with Argentina, Peru and Bolivia, Chile also has territories in Polynesia and Antarctica, making it a tri-continental nation.
From the high Andean plateau to the untouched southern territories at the end of the world, Chile invites you to live adventures in the middle of the world’s driest desert, in the unique rainy temperate forest of South America, in front of millennial glaciers that are waiting to be discovered or under the watchful eye of the Andes in the middle of the buzz of modern cities like its capital, Santiago.
These cultural and climate contrasts have left an imprint on the identity of the country and its people. Warm, energetic, approachable and kind, Chileans share the love for their land, which invites you to build relationships beyond boundaries, to live unique experiences, and to discover Chile.
HOW TO GET HERE
Chile runs 4,300 km along South America, almost half the continent. Thanks to its geographical location you can arrive by air, sea, or land from its neighboring countries.
Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez Airport in Santiago has the most international connections of Chile’s airports. There are another six international airports located in the cities of Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta, Easter Island, Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas.
To enter Chile you will need a valid passport. Depending on your country of origin, you may also need a stamped visa.
Citizens from South America, the European Union, the USA, Canada and Australia do not need tourist visas. However, attendees from Australia and some other countries will need to pay a reciprocity tax (currently US$117) on arrival at the International Airport in Santiago.
Also, remember that if you’re bringing animal or vegetable products, upon entering you must declare them to the Agriculture and Livestock Service (Servicio Agricola y Ganadero – SAG); in this way, you’ll be contributing to protecting the varied flora and fauna of the country.More Information
Since 1975, the Chilean currency has been the Peso, with coins equal to 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 pesos and bills of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000 pesos.
It is relatively easy to find ATMs that provide local currency in Chile’s cities. Most of the established stores also allow payment with international bank cards.
Although some shops in Chile accept US Dollars and Euros, it’s better to get Chilean Pesos from official currency exchange offices as the exchange rate will be better.
Here are some tips that will help you have a safe and pleasant experience in Chile:
- Just like in every other major city in the world, you must look after your bags and suitcases to avoid theft and have a safe experience in Chile.
- Carry copies of all your important documents including your passport.
- Avoid walking alone at night on the outskirts of towns.
- Don’t carry flashy valuables while walking on the street.
- Always carry a map with you and the address of the place you’re staying at.
- If you travel to places away from cities, carry a first-aid kit with you and the names of the medication you may need, in Spanish.