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Entry Requirements |
Organizing Your Trip |
Living Conditions |
Different Forms of Tourism
Lost in the middle of the Pacific, 3 800 km from the coast of Chile, Easter Island attracts visitors from all over the world, intrigued by the mysterious megalithic statues left by a fascinating people.
Valparaiso, 120 km north-west of the capital, Santiago, is one of Chile's main cities; its elegance and charm of a 19th century colonial city has put it on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Religious traditions, carnivals, oral traditions, folklore, crafts, visual arts, audiovisual arts, choreographic arts, scenic arts, literature, music
"Salto del Laja", the famous waterfall.
Puerto Montt, in Patagonia, where land and sea merge in a maze of islands, fjords, rivers, lakes and mountains covered in ancient trees.
The Atacama Desert.
These festivals or celebrations help maintain local traditions linked to religious beliefs: Easter of los negros, Assumption, Corpus Christi, the May Cross, feast of St Peter, feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Our Lady of the Transito, Candlemas, Epiphany, Saint Rose of Pelequén, Saint Sebastian of Yumbel.
Another tourist attraction is Puyehne, in Orsano province, hot springs, hot water swimming pools, a lake strewn with beautiful islands.
Vina del Mar is a glamorous seaside resort, with a long, wide sandy beach and many restaurants and bars along its lively shopping streets.
- Winter Sports
The skiing season runs from mid-June to mid-September. The ski resorts with the finest ski slopes are located near Santiago.
- Outdoor Activities
Rafting, trekking, horseback riding, sand boarding
The pedestrian streets in the center of Santiago are overflowing with boutiques for tourists. Santiago hosts many Chilean craft fairs.
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Santiago (GMT-4 in winter, GMT-3 in summer)
- Summer Time Period
Summer time from October to March.
Map of the Time Zone
- Type of Climate
The average temperatures are 11 to 28 degrees in January and 2 to 14 degrees in July.
- For Further Information
Chile Meteorological Direction
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
Cazuela (chicken stew with rice, corn, potatoes), Empanada (sort of fritter stuffed with meat, poultry or fish with onions, eggs and olives), alpaca steak (Altiplano), mutton, fish and seafood on the coast, local wines, pisco (brandy), chicha (fermented corn).
The most common drinks are water, fizzy drinks, fresh fruit juices, mote con huesillo (made from husked wheat and sun-dried peaches), tea, coffee and maté (a stimulating infusion of the dried leaves of yerba mate).
- Dietary Restrictions
There are no dietary restrictions in the country.
- Domestic Currency
- ISO Code
- To Obtain Domestic Currency
The currency is the Chilean peso (CLP). You can change Euros easily in Santiago and in most regions of Chile. Some banks or bureaux de change in remote towns still sometimes prefer the dollar. For shopping, restaurants and small hotels, it is usual to pay in local currency. Bureaux de change are generally closed on Saturday afternoons and Sunday. They also change traveler's checks without commission. Banks are open in the week from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Exchanging money on the black market is not advisable.
- Possible Means of Payment
MasterCard and Visa are quite usually taken in top of the range establishments. The American Express card is not very widespread. Withdrawing cash with a credit card is widespread and very easy.
- Official Language
- Other Languages Spoken
- Business Language
- Getting Some Knowledge
Yes = Sí
No = No
Thank you = Gracias
Hello = Hola
Good day = Buenos días
Good afternoon = Buenas tardes
Goodbye = Adiós
I don't understand = No entiendo
How much does it cost? What is the price? = ¿Cuánto cuesta? ¿Cuál es el precio?
I would like to buy ... = Me gustaría comprar ...
Do you take credit cards ? = ¿Aceptan tarjetas de crédito?
Where is ... ? = ¿Dónde está ...?
The post office = la oficina de correo
The bank = el banco
The police station = la estación de policía; la comisaría de policía
The pharmacy = la farmacia
The airport = el aeropuerto
The train station = la estación del tren
A ticket for .... please. = Un boleto (billete) para ..., por favor.
Do you have any rooms available for tonight ? = ¿Tiene habitaciones para esta noche?.
- Free Translation Tools
Babel Fish : Free English-Spanish-English translation of texts and web pages
Dictionarios.com : Free Spanish-Catalan-English-French Dictionary
Word Reference : Online dictionary
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