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RECOMMENDATIONS AND INFORMATION FOR YOUR VISIT TO CHILE

Chile is a country of immense diversity. From the driest desert in the world, passing through fertile valleys that give life to the best wines and ending in the Patagonian ice fields. Not only that, each of these ecosystems presents its own diversity when we move from the Cordillera to the sea. Chile is even considered one of the few countries to be in 3 continents, South America, Antarctica and Oceania (for Rapa Nui).

With its 4,300 km long, and the before mentioned diversity of landscapes, Chile is a paradise of adventures and experiences that invite you to know it from the depths together with its local inhabitants. That is why we have prepared a list of tips for you.

RECEPTION AND TRANSFERS AIRPORT

Reception (international guests) and Transfer

Return transfer

RECEPTION AND TRANSFERS AIRPORT

Reception (international guests) and Transfer

Return transfer

CHILEAN SPANISH

«If you don’t speak Spanish, don’t worry, neither do the Chileans,» say many who visit this country. Part of our culture is our way of speaking, fast and full of idioms. You will surely find it very fun to learn them and compare the differences in different areas, especially when you visit rural communities. There are even books that can help you on this adventure.

SECURITY

Chile is considered one of the safest countries in Latin America, and it is true. However, general safety and commonsense rules also apply here. Try not to show valuables, try to carry your belongings safe (especially in crowded places), do not leave bags or backpacks unattended (especially in restaurants), etc. In rural areas, together with the communities that will receive you, you will realize that there is no type of concern.

As for the «Solo female travels», or solo women’s trips, Chile is a country that enables these experiences safely. However, it is important to find out in which places and times a female traveler can move alone to avoid risks. You can consult us so that we can help you in the planning.

HEALTH AND WATER

We recommend bringing travel insurance that covers all kinds of illnesses and accidents, since the public system can be slow and not very accessible. In Chile you do not need any type of vaccine, however, it is advisable to receive advice from your local doctors to be sure.

The water in large cities is drinkable for most countries, however, it is high in minerals that could cause stomach upset. For this, we recommend that you bring your own bottle and / or buy mineral water.

VISA AND PERMITS

Citizens of 93 countries do not need a Visa to enter Chile, allowing a stay of 90 days. If you are not sure, we recommend visiting the page of the Chilean consulate in your country.

Rapa Nui permits (Easter Island)

To enter Rapa Nui, you can do so for a maximum of 30 days and presenting some documents at the airport, such as your passport, hotel stay, return flight and the Unique Entry Form (FUI). All this information can be found here.

The water in large cities is drinkable for most countries, however, it is high in minerals that could cause stomach upset. For this, we recommend that you bring your own bottle and / or buy mineral water.

WEATHER

One of the greatest diversities that you will find in Chile is its climate, since it depends on the geographical area and the time of year. With average temperatures that vary between 5 ° C and 20 ° C depending on the area, but becoming critical in the minimum and maximum, we recommend coming prepared for all types of weather. Especially if you intend to visit the Atacama Desert and Patagonia.

November is spring and the weather in Santiago in general is warm during the day and cool at night and early in the morning.

For this reason, we recommend bringing variable clothing that allows you to be comfortable in different climates:

  • Light clothes for the day
  • Warm clothes for the night
  • Waterproof clothing for the r
  • Good trekking shoes (for tours)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle (Remember to bring your bottle and use water purifying tablets)

Due to the great distances in Chile, in addition to the importance of a variety of clothing, if before or after the congress you have decided to go sightseeing, we recommend you bring a good book to enjoy on the journeys between destinations. If you are interested in learning a little more about this beautiful country, ask us for recommendations.

TAXES

For foreign travelers who pay in USD, they are exempt from paying 19% VAT in hotels and travel agencies. This benefit is for non-resident tourists and it is important to present the Unique Immigration Card (TUM) that you will receive when entering the country. Therefore remember to keep it and carry it with you always.

As for the «Solo female travels», or solo women’s trips, Chile is a country that enables these experiences safely. However, it is important to find out in which places and times a female traveler can move alone to avoid risks. You can consult us so that we can help you in the planning.

CURRENCY

The monetary unit is the Chilean peso (CLP $). USD 1 = CLP 750

You can easily find ATMs or redbanc (as they are known in Chile) in the vast majority of cities and towns. Similarly, credit and debit cards are accepted in most stores and restaurants. However, do not totally rely on electronic payment, especially when visiting rural towns (and it is worth doing), where it is necessary to carry cash.

PLUGS AND VOLTAGE ADAPTER

The voltage in Chile is 220V and the frequency is 50 HZ. The plugs are Type C / L.

TIPS

It is not mandatory to tip in Chile, but the custom is to leave 10% of consumption. The reality in Chile is that jobs that include tourism-related services in hotels, restaurants and guided tours are not well paid, so people depend on tips for their best livelihood.

Normally, the waiter will ask you the question «Do you want to add the tip?» If you are satisfied with the service, it is recommended to say yes. If the service has been excellent, it is recommended to leave a little more.

GASTRONOMY

Chilean gastronomy is the result of different mixtures that combine the tradition of the original peoples and the contribution of the Spanish conquerors. Its characteristics are the varied colors and flavors.

For those who like to drink, we recommend trying the famous Chilean wines and pisco, in their various versions: such as pisco sour (delicious cocktail with pisco and lemon juice) or piscola (typical mix of pisco with Coca-Cola). For the more daring, a good «earthquake» (pipeño wine, pisco, grenadine and pineapple ice cream) will make them spend a night full of laughter and dancing.

To cool off, we recommend the famous Mote con Huesillo, which, in addition to a drink, could also be a dessert. It is made up of a caramelized juice, with wheat mote and dehydrated peaches. Excellent for a hot day.

Chilean gastronomy is based mainly on the consumption of animals. Beef, chicken, fish and shellfish mainly. However, many of the dishes are being adapted to vegetarian versions for everyone to enjoy.

Some specialties that you should try are:

  • Cazuela: Poultry soup with potatoes, rice, onion, peppers and more. Delicious, especially in winter when it’s cold.
  • Pastel de Choclo: My favorite, corn cake on a pine base that can be or without meat, onion, egg, and many dressings depending on the chef’s taste.
  • Caldillo de congrio: soup based on conger eel, onion and potatoes.
  • Asado: Beef, pork and chicken on the grill.
  • Charquicán: Traditional Chilean stew based on potatoes and squash, with onion pine, meat or vegetarian and a mixture of vegetables such as carrots, corn, peas, various dressings and more. Totally recommended!
  • Pan con Palta: A breakfast classic or “once” (the name given to the snack in Chile).
  • Sopaipillas: Dough prepared mainly with pumpkin, which can be combined in salty (pebre, mustard, etc.) and sweet (chancaca, jam, etc.) formats.

We hope that all these recommendations help you to plan your trip and to enjoy it during your stay. If you want more information about this beautiful country, its cultures and ethnicities that you can visit, do not hesitate to contact us.