The longest and thinnest country in the world runs from the Andes to the Pacific. As well as sharing borders 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 citites like its capital, Santiago.
These cultural and climatic 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.
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.
The main access by plane is through the airport that is most frequently used and which has the most international connections, the Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez Airport in Santiago. But there are another six international airports located in the cities of Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta, Easter Island, Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas.
By land, the shared border crossings with its neighboring countries allow you to enter Chile from Peru through Arica; from Bolivia to Arica, Iquique and Antofagasta and from Argentina in more than 50 places, with the busiest ones near La Serena, Santiago and Osorno.
By sea, the main Chilean ports, Valparaiso in particular, receive cruise ships with travelers from around the world.
To enter Chile, you have to present your identification documents, like your ID card or passport. And, depending on your country of origin, a stamped visa.
Citizens from South America, the European Union, the USA, Canada and Australia do not need tourist visas. However, some countries must pay a tax in cash (reciprocity tax) upon arriving at the airport in Chile.
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.
For more information about entering the country, visit visados.com/en/visa-for-Chile
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.
In the many cities of the country it is relatively easy to find ATMs that provide local currency. At the same time, most of the established stores allow paying with international bank cards.
Although some shops in Chile accept Dollars and Euros, it’s better to get Chilean Pesos always in official currency exchange offices as the exchange rate will be better.
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In Chile there are places that have not seen a drop of rain in decades, while there are others where the rain brings out the green in the millenial forests.
This diversity captivates and surprises its visitors. Because, as a consequence of its geography, Chile has all the climates of the planet and the four seasons are well differentiated. The warmest season is between October and April and the coldest, from May to September.
The temperature drops down as you travel south. In the north, the heat of the day remains during the day while the nights are quite cold. The central area has more of a Mediterranean climate and the south has lower temperatures and recurring rainfall throughout the year.
If you come to Chile, here are some tips that will help you have a safe and pleasant experience:
When you organize your trip to Chile you must keep in mind the holidays or days dedicated to important celebrations.
A large part of the Chilean population uses the holidays to travel between the regions of the country. The most popular are Easter, Christmas, New Year´s and the Independence celebrations on September 18th and 19th when we commemorate the independence of the country.
Because of this, it’s important to plan your plane or bus trips ahead of time as well as the booking of your accommodation as these dates present an increased demand for these services. Also, bear in mind that during the obligatory holidays most shops and stores are closed.
All around Chile you’ll find offices dedicated to providing information and helping people visiting the country.
Most Tourist Information Offices are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Come by one of these offices to request tourism information to help you out during your stay and improve your experience.
Find the closest tourist information office to your destination and its specific business hours at www.sernatur.cl
Extranjería y Policía Internacional: (+56) 2 2708 1043
Controles Fronterizos: (+56) 2 2486 3101
Carabineros de Chile: 133
Policía de Investigaciones (PDI): 134
Ambulancias (SAMU): 131
Salud Responde: 600 360 77 77
Principales consulados y embajadas en Chile