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Chile

From the driest desert on Earth down to the very ends of it, this beautiful country has much to show you. You can ski in winter and hike in the summer; visit penguins and spot vicuñas; hit the lakes or hit the sea; drink wine or drink pisco. Whatever you choose, you can’t really go wrong here.

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Basic Info

Drinking water: Potable. Safe to drink from the tap, but higher mineral content so can be hard on some stomachs. 

Tipping: 10% is often added to the bill, double check (propina)

Plugs: Type C and L (See photo below)

Covid Updates

Negative PCR within 72 hours of departing flight

Validate your vaccination to obtain a Mobility Pass and fill out “Affidavit for Travelers” form 

5 day mandatory quarantine 

Have medical insurance for $30,000 USD

Mandatory email check ins – 14 days

Money

Official currency: $ Chilean peso

Budget: Expect US and Western European prices for just about everything. Patagonia refugios can get pricey. 

Credit cards:  Widely accepted in tourist areas but with a service fee of 2 – 4%. 

Visas

93 countries can enter visa free, most for up to 90 days 

**Always check with your government for the most up to date information on visa requirements.**

Vaccinations

None

**Assuming you are current on routine vaccinations. Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on required vaccinations specific to your home country**

Safety

Exercise Normal Precautions

**Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on safety**

Language

Official Languages: Spanish

Hello: Hola      Goodbye: Adios

Thank-you: Gracias

Yes: Sí      No: No

Beer: Cerveza      Bathroom: Baño 

 

When to go

Overall, high season is in the summer months of December – February 

Santiago is great year round. Wine harvest is in March/April and winter high season for skiing is June – August.

For the sea or hiking Patagonia and the Lake District, October – March is best, with peak visitors and prices in January.  Book far in advance between December and February. 

San Pedro de Atacama is a year round destination. Although Jan and July get some road closures.  Stargazing is at its height in the summer (excluding the full moon).  

Responsible Travel

As always, support local. Dine and stay local and make sure to always pay your National Park entrance fees  

Chile has a major problem with deforestation. If you’re buying paper products try to buy products that are WWF certified 

Chile travel guides 

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