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Chile travel guide

With its sprawling landscapes, incredible experiences, diverse scenery and renowned Latin charm, Chile is fast becoming a must-see for those heading to South America. From the Atacama Desert in the north to the central fjords, and the southern Patagonian glaciers to the vibrant streets of Santiago, you’d be crazy not to visit the longest country in the world.

Chile fast facts

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Languages Spoken

The official language spoken in Chile is Spanish.

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Currency

Name: Chilean Peso

Code: CLP

Symbol: $

$835 is approximately £1

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Time Zone

Time Zone: Chile is GMT/UTC - 3h during Standard Time / Easter Island is GMT/UTC - 5h

Chile highlights

Much like many of its Latin American counterparts, Chile is bursting with unforgettable scenery, jaw-dropping landscapes, animated locals and a thriving capital city. Compromising of sections of the Andes, deserts, grasslands and fertile lowlands, Patagonia is home to Torres del Paine National Park, which boasts to some of the most breath-taking scenery on Earth.

Home to a staggering one third of Chile’s population and located in the shadow of the magnificent Andes, Santiago is certainly one of the most picturesque capitals in the world. Architecturally contrasting, Santiago marries the old and new with historic colonial buildings, modern skyscrapers and opulent hotels.
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The Andes

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Chile travel costs

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Beers

A pint in a pub/bar will is around $2,600 (approx. £3)

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Meals

A basic lunchtime meal with drink is around $5,500 (approx. £7)

Taxi Ride

Around $4,300 (approx. £5) for a 5-mile journey

Transport

A one way ticket on local transport is around $600 (approx. £0.70)

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Hostels

From $6,500 a night (approx. £8)

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Hotels

From $22,000 (approx. £26) a night for a 3 star hotel

How to get to Chile

Since early 2017, and for the first time ever, British Airways have supplied direct flights to Santiago from London Heathrow. As the furthest South American country from the UK, the epic flight take around 14-15 hours, but we think it’s definitely worth it.
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Chile tours

Hiking in Chile
Torres Del Paine | 11 days
Gazing upon the towering, steeple-like peaks of Patagonias Cordillera del Paine for the first time, you’d swear they were lifted straight from a "Lord of the Rings" movie.
Mountain landscape in Chile
Santiago to Ushuaia | 23 days
This is an epic overland adventure through one of our favourite areas of the world - Patagonia. It's perfect for those who love the outdoors, with plenty of camping in national parks of outstanding natural beauty.
Discover Patagonia | 14 days
Travel by bus and ferry to Puerto Varas, which is located in the stunning Chilean Lake District. Enjoy the sights from the “Cruce de los Lagos”, which is considered one of the most scenic ferry cruises in the world.

Patagonia tours

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Patagonia and Beyond
Buenos Aires > Puerto Madryn > Camarones > Jaramillo Petrified Forest > El Calafate > Torres Del Paine NP > Tierra Del Fuego > Ushuaia > Argentinian Patagonia >  Bariloche > Pucon > Santiago

Discover the end of the earth in Ushuaia, be stunned by colossal glaciers and overland across plains of Patagonia. Lap up the national parks from Torres del Paine, Los Glaciares and El Chalten with opportunities to wildcamp amongst mountainous landscapes.
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Backroads of Patagonia
Ushuaia > Tierra Del Fuego > Torres Del Paine NP > El Calafate > Argentinian Patagonia > Cerro Castillo NR > Futaleufu > Bariloche > Pucon > Santiago

Visit Chilean wine region, climb Mt Villarica volcano at Pucon and overland the Chilean and Argentinian Lake District. Patagonia is an adventure for the lovers of outdoors, trekking, climbing and cycling.

Do I need a visa for Chile?

As a British passport holder planning to stay for less than 90 days, you do not need a visa to visit Chile. If you’re thinking about staying longer than 90 days, you should speak with the Chilean Embassy, which is based in Westminster, London. If you decide to stay longer than 980 days whilst in Chile, you’ll need to visit the Chile’s Immigration Department.

How can I get to Easter Island?

Although part of Chile, Easter Island is located 2,000 miles of its west coast. And with no harbours, the only way of getting there is by one of the daily flights from Santiago via LATAM Airlines.

What's the weather like in Chile?

As the longest country in the world – 2,500 miles from north to south – Chile’s contrasting landscapes offer a huge variety of climates. As a rule, and like most landscapes of this nature, the weather is generally temperate towards the coast and colder in the mountains.

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