Located in South America, Chile is famous for its wine industry, rich history and culture and incredibly diverse landscapes, featuring a variety of climates and geography; so expect to have a great number of experiences and adventures awaiting for you when you visit.
Why Visit Chile
LANDSCAPES & NATURE
Chile is the world’s narrowest country, however it has an incredible variety of landscapes, with the Pacific Ocean in one side and the Andes in the other. Ancient glaciers, snow-white salt plains, the Atacama desert, the driest desert on the planet, forests, lakes and active volcanoes, an array of natural wonders for you to discover.
WINE & FOOD
Chilean cuisine boosts truly unique flavours, a mix of ancient traditions and ingredients used by indigenous natives and European preparations and trends, essentially Spanish, all accompanied by pairings with wines, as the country is a leader in the wine industry, offering high quality wines since the 16th century.
HISTORY & CULTURE
Chilean culture is an interesting mix between the Mapuches (the indigenous of the area), and the influence of Spanish colonialism as well as other immigrant cultures. Thanks to its geography, the country has develop a strong national identity, with different customs, traditions and gastronomy depending on the region.
Not everybody knows that the Easter Islands (where the Moai Statues were found) is located in Chile. It is a remote volcanic island located in the Polynesian Triangle in Oceania, known for its volcanoes and the mystery around its 887 giant stone statues of carved human figures with oversize heads created by inhabitants during the 13th–16th centuries, as there is no explanation of how they got there. A must see destination if you are visiting.
What to expect
Spanish is the official and most widely spoken language in Chile. Some other indigenous languages like Mapudungun, Chesungun, Aymara and Quechua are spoken by a minority of people. English is spoken in the main cities and tourist attractions, however, speaking a little bit of spanish will take you a long way when visiting remote areas.
In Chile the standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa.
The Chilean peso is the official currency in Chile. Other foreign currencies, like dollars and euros, are rarely accepted. Credit cards are widely accepted, and you can exchange your money at any bank or withdraw directly from the ATM. 1 USD equals 827.70 pesos (as of 2020)
Chile has almost every time of climate thanks to its different geographies and altitudes. The Patagonian region is icy and cold, while the Easter Island enjoys warm and subtropical climate. The climate in the Atacama desert is extremely dry and arid, as it is the driest place on Earth. Central Chile like Santiago enjoys a mediterranean temperature, with monthly temperatures are about 67.1 °F (19.5 °C) in the summer months of January and February and 45.5°F (7.5 °C). We would recommend to research a little about the specific region you are going to visit or take your entire wardrobe just in case.
Chile is a relatively safe destination for tourist. Some minor crimes like luggage theft, mugging, drink spiking, and other similar crimes could happen, so caution is recommended at all times. There is not much risk for solo travelers but avoiding empty and dark areas is recommended.
Visa & Policy
Citizens of 93 countries are allowed to enter Chile without a visa for a period up to 90 days, including European Union citizens, Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Argentina, Barbados, Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Korea Republic, Liechtenstein, Macao, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Norway, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Panama, Peru, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Santa Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom Of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay, Vatican city and Vietnam.
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