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.
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)
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
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%.
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.**
**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**
Exercise Normal Precautions
**Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on safety**
Official Languages: Spanish
Hello: Hola Goodbye: Adios
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).
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