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Recommendations for tourists visiting Chile

By: Chile Travel | Date: 31 December, 2019 | In: Culture ,

Update, december 31, 2019 .- The Chilean Undersecretary of Tourism and the National Tourism Board communicate to all tourists the importance of being well informed and carrying out responsible tourism. To this regard, their recommendation to tourists visiting Chile is to gather the proper background information about the destinations they will visit, to be informed, to adopt a behavior of self-care and to be respectful of the rules stipulated by local authorities.

Information about destination Santiago:

Airport Connectivity– The Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport is 100% operative, and the airlines are performing in/outgoing flights as scheduled. The recommendation is to check directly with each airline, through their websites or social media platforms, and to arrive to the airport as early as requested.

LATAM Airlines: https://www.latam.com/es_cl/apps/personas/autoproteccion – @LATAM_CHI.

SKY: https://www.skyairline.com/chile – @SKYAirline_cl.

JetSMART: www.jetsmart.com – @VuelaJetSmart.

Transfers and taxis to the airport are operating as normal. However, longer travel times may

be expected.

Ground Transportation and Mobility – Bus terminals in different regions of the country are operating as normal. We recommend checking the websites of each of the buslines to confirm their schedules.The Santiago transportation system is functioning, including the transport bus service and the majority of the metro stations.

For more information– Check www.red.cl, the Call Center  (free) 800 73 00 73 (from landline phones) or 600 730 00 73 (from mobile phones and/or from regions)

Social Media Accounts for the Santiago Transportation Network:

Twitter @Transantiago, @Red_Movilidad & @Metrodesantiago.

Information about tourist activities in the Metropolitan Region:

Parks that are open (Closing hours are subject to change during the course of the day):

–  The Metropolitan Park and the parks that belong to the Cordillera network are all open, which includes: Ñilhue Park (Lo Barnechea district), San Carlos de Apoquindo (in Las Condes), Aguas de Ramón (La Reina), Cantalao (Peñalolen), Quebrada de Macul (Peñalolen), Farellones de Santa Elena (Colina).

  • GAM Cultural Center, open 9:30 to 3:30p.m.
  • Sky Costanera (Open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.);
  • Cerro Santa Lucía Hill and the Santiago Tourist Information Office. O’Higgins and Quinta Normal Parks; The city markets, Mercado Central, La Vega Central and the Mercado Franklin.

The following neighborhoods: Bellavista, inlcuding Patio Bellavista area; Manuel Montt; Barrio Italia, Barrio Lastarria, Ñuñoa, Yungay.

– The Maipo Valley vineyards

– The Planetarium (www.planetariochile.cl) .

–Pueblito de Los Dominicos

  • The destination Cajón del Maipo is working during normal hours.

Tourist acttractions that are CLOSED in the Metropolitan Region:

The National Library (Biblioteca Nacional).  MIM Museum, Natural History Museum (Museo de Historia Natural).

  • The cableway, the funicular and the zoo are closed for maintenance.
  • The Bahá’i Temple

Check for information in Disfruta Santiago http://disfrutasantiago.cl/

Information about tourist activities in the others Chilean Regions:

–  The airports in all the regions are operative and most of the tourist attractions throughout the country are operative.

– Check a map of the road connectivity for the tourism in regions HERE :

Please consider the following information of each region:

The Region of Arica y Parinacota. Airports, bus terminals, border crosses, cruiser ships, accomodation, restaurants and bars, working as normal.

Shopping malls and local shops are open during normal opening hours. Mall Plaza open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The shops in the downtown areas are open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Museums: Colon 10 Museum is closed. The San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The rest of the museums and costal border are open during normal opening hours.

Tarapacá.  Route A16 open in both directions; there is a new access open in both directions; Route

A-1 open in both directions; Route 5 Norte Sector Huara open in both directions; Route

5 Norte Sector Pozo Almonte: open in both directions; Route 15 CH open in both directions.

– The Airport and the Sea Port are operative, as well as the Border crossing and the Loa Customs area.


Most tourist attractions are functioning normally, such as the FCAB Building (scheduled visits may be programmed by email at conectados@fcab.cl).  The Municipal Theater, The Oficina Salitrera Chacabuco. The Natural Monument La Portada is open. Centro Cultural Estacion Antofagasta, Casa de la Cultura, Huanchaca Ruins, Morro Moreno National Park, Mano del Desierto (Hand in the Desert sculpture), Paranal Observatory, Aguas Calientes III Salt flat, Chaxa lagoon, Valle de Jerez, Quebarada de Kezala, Cejar Lagoon, the highway to Mejillons, the Historical Dock (Muelle Histórico),  the Airports, the Calama and Antofagasta bus terminals, the Calama and Antofagasta Malls, and Border Complex. Roads open: all the roads are open.

Touristic attractions closed:  Antofagasta Regional Library,  Antofagasta Regional Museum, Llullaillaco National Park, Paposo Norte National Monument and  La Chimba National Reserve, the Chuquicamata mine, Miscanti and Meñiques lagoons, Archaelogical Museum, Salar de Tara, and Cochas de Peine.

Atacama. Businesses are working partially.

Coquimbo. Attractions operating normally except for some.

Cruz del Tercer Milenio (Coquimbo) is open and functioning normally.

Closed: Fort of Coquimbo (Coquimbo) closed; Mosque (Coquimbo), closed for repairs; Pedro de Valdivia Park, the route of churches, Japanese Park, Santa Lucia Viewpoint, Archaeological Museum and Gabriel González Videla Museum (La Serena), closed. Agua Negra border crossing (Province of San Juan, Argentina): Closed.

Valparaíso. The roads in the region are open.  Route 68 and 78 open.

Bus terminals and the Metro of Valparaíso are operative, and all the stations are open. The Los Libertadores Border Complex is operating 24 hours a day.

Businesses are partially open and some with schedule restrictions, especially in the centric parts of the cities of the region. Most shopping malls are  open.

The funiculars and elevators in Valparaíso are open till 8:00 p.m.  The Quinta Vergara is open to the public, and  State Protected Wild Areas are open except Peñuelas National Park which  the CONAF announced it will be closed.

El Yali National Park, Laguna El Peral, the parks in Juan Fernández and Rapa Nui, and Isla Cacahgua are open, from 1:00 p.m. of Dec.31 till 9:00 a.m. of Thursday Jan.2nd

O’Higgins. Attractions and business are operating entirely. Some businesses are not open or have changed opening hours. The vineyards in Colchagua  Valley are operating as normal. In the case you are a visitor of Rancagua, we suggest previously checking the Ruta del Maipo highway conditions at : @rutadelmaipo/ http://www.rutamaipo.cl  due to a national strike.

Maule. Most of Maule´s tourist services are open, operating normally and receiving visitors, as are the destinations and protected wildlife areas (reserves and national parks). Free tourist buses from the city of Talca are suspended until further notice.

Businesses in the cities of Talca, Linares and Curicó work partially, schedules can be modified during the day depending on events occurred in course of the day.

Public transport, operative but with less buses.

Highways and the Ruta del Maule operating normally, however, we suggest to check previously before a trip on the Ruta del Maipo highway – @ rutadelmaipo / http: //www.rutamaipo.cl to move through the north of the region and/or Ruta del Maule @rutadelmaule / https://www.rutamaule.cl  in the case you are traveling through the central and southern part of the Maule region. The 115-CH international route, Pehuenche Border Crossing, is open for smaller vehicles, buses and trucks; the Frontier Complex has the following schedule: departure, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m; entry, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Museums are mostly open, for example, Villa Alegre Museum (open 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.). with the exception of: Yerbas Buenas Museum is undergoing repairs until January 6th. T

The train route Ramal Talca-Constitución is working from 7:40.

Entry to the Bus Terminal is restricted, we recommend checking the websites to each of the buslines to confirm their schedules.

Biobío.  Normal traffic, sporadic cuts due to manifestations. The Isla Mocha reserves, the Laguna del Laja National Park, and Nonguén National Reserve, are open to the public. Regarding the bus terminal, it is open as normal. The Pichachen border complex in the Biobio province is open. The Malls are open until 7:00 p.m. Businesses, in general, are working partially. The Huascar Monitor Museum is in maintenance and closed.

Ñuble. Everything is working as  normal.

Araucanía:  All border crossings are enabled. The S-800 Nigue-La Barra route in the district of Toltén is interrupted. Caution is recommended due to weather conditions.

Los Ríos. Bus terminals and businesses are working. Tourist attractions are functioning normally. The State protected, publlic and private, wildlife areas  are open. The Border Crossing complex is open and functioning during normal hours. . The boats and ferries that cross between Niebla and Corral are operating during regular hours.  The Sitio Castillo de Niebla museum is open till noon.

Los Lagos Region. Highways are open, without recent reports of roadblocks or cuts. The Cardenal Samoré border crossing complex is open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The El Limite border crossing complex in Futalufú and the Rio Encuentro border crossing complex in Alto Palena are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m The region´s airports, Tepual Airport, and airfields  are operating as normal and all the flights are working on schedule. The intercity buses are also operating without delays. All tourist services and destinations are working as normal, and have not suffered any structural damages. In regards to the National Parks, they are all open today.

Aysen. The State protected wildlife areas, administered by CONAF, are operating during normal hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.), depending on weather conditions and / or road work. The Regional Museum of Coyhaique will reopen on January 2nd.

Magallanes and the Chilean Antarctic. The entire region is working as normal.

Links of interest:

Airport and airlines: to check about flight schedules, check each of the airlines’ websites. https://www.nuevopudahuel.cl/

Public transport: check the Ministry of Transportation website http://www.usuarios.subtrans.gob.cl/

Santiago Metro network: https://www.metro.cl/

Recommendations and procedures for entry into Chile: check the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs https://minrel.gob.cl/recomendaciones-para-ingresar-a-chile/minrel/2008-06-19/154047.html

National Tourism Board website: www.sernatur.cl

Chile’s official tourist information: https://chile.travel

Written by: Chile Travel

Guía para descubrir los destinos excepcionales que se encuentran de norte a sur en Chile, compartiendo información y valiosos datos con todos los viajeros que aman su naturaleza indómita, paisajes llenos de contrastes y, por sobre todo, la calidez de su gente. // A guide to discover extraordinary destinations from north to south of Chile, sharing information and important data with travelers that love its untamed nature, landscapes full of contrasts and, above all, the warmth of its people.

Guía para descubrir los destinos excepcionales que se encuentran de norte a sur en Chile, compartiendo información y valiosos datos con todos los viajeros que aman su naturaleza indómita, paisajes llenos de contrastes y, por sobre todo, la calidez de su gente. // A guide to discover extraordinary destinations from north to south of Chile, sharing information and important data with travelers that love its untamed nature, landscapes full of contrasts and, above all, the warmth of its people.