In Chile, rushing around is considered a waste of time and coffees are sipped as lazily as evening wine.
Chile is ‘the land where the earth ends’, a long sliver of land wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the rest of South America. And with a slow and steady pace, vibrant city neighbourhoods, diverse cultures and endless supply of good wine and food, what's not to love about this country? Ask the locals – these people are known as some of the happiest communities on earth.
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To get the most from your trip keep an open mind and be flexible. In a small group it's important to be respectful and accepting of your fellow travellers.
Chile travel highlights
Unwind to the vibes of Bellavista
Café culture is no more present than here in Santiago’s artsy district. The strip is a kaleidoscope of wonderfully coloured buildings.
Take a cable car to the top of San Cristobal Hill
The cable car goes from the ground of Santiago and slowly travels to the top of the hill where you can see the whole city and Andes beyond. It’s hard not to be a sucker for these views.
Samples the wine at the Concha y Toro vineyard
Just miles away from Santiago centre the stunning Maipo Canyon cradles the town of Pirque. Enjoy the fresh country air and the endless green of vineyards.
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- Belgium: not required
- Canada: not required
- Germany: not required
- Ireland: not required
- Netherlands: not required
- New Zealand: not required
- South Africa: not required
- Switzerland: not required
- United Kingdom: not required
- United States : not required
Australian citizens must pay a reciprocity tax when entering Chile via the international airport of Santiago. They have visa-free access when entering the country by other means. Most other nationalities have visa free access.
Chileans expect a tip for many services. Most restaurants have a 10% surcharge on the bill, but if the service was excellent you might even add a few extra pesos to that. Tipping hotels staff and porters is generally expected, but no tips are expected for taxi services.
Chile has good internet access in cities and urban areas. There is less service in rural and remote areas.
Chile has good mobile phone coverage in cities and urban areas, but you may not be able to use your phone when travelling to remote parts of the country. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling.
Flush toilets are common in urban Chile, but in the countryside and remote places, you’ll find basic toilets of the squat variety. Soap and toilet paper isn’t always provided at these places, so you may like to carry some with you.
- City bus fare = 350 CLP
- Cup of coffee in a café = 400 CLP
- Beer in a bar = 900 CLP
- Simple lunch = 2,000 CLP
- Dinner in a restaurant = 8,500 CLP
Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Chile. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you.
Credit cards are accepted in city shops, large hotels and nice restaurants, however, you’ll need cash if you want to shop outside of major centres or buy from small local businesses.
ATMs are commonplace in Chile’s urban areas, but they are less common in remote and rural places. Be prepared by carrying cash with you when you venture out to the countryside.
Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.
For more information on insurance, please go to: http://www.peregrineadventures.com/how-we-can-help/our-services
For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Chile/public-holidays