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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources


Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
World Travel Guide
Diplomatic Representations
List of Chilean Embassies around the world
IATA Travel Center

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Taking the bus in Santiago is an adventure in itself. More restful, the colectivo is a car like a taxi but with a sign on the roof indicating its number and destination. The route is fixed in advance and it drops people off all along its itinerary. It is a little more expensive than the bus. Taxi fares are reasonable and most of them have a meter.
Maps of Urban Networks

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Santiago - Benitez Intl (SCL) 18 km / 12 miles USD 23-28 / 30 min USD 3 / 30-40 min. - Available
Concepción - Carriel Sur Intl (CCP) 6 km / 4 miles Available - - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

There are only a few train lines in operation. In the North: the line Calama Uyuni, Arica Tacna and in the South the lines Santiago-Temuco and Santiago-Concepción are the ones most used. Buses are efficient, fast, popular and mostly cheap. All the cities are served daily by many companies, the two main ones being: Tur Bus and Pullman Bus. The airplane is a practical means of transport but more expensive than the bus and the train. It is best to reserve 7 days ahead of time to get an economical rate.
Rail Companies
Empresa de los ferrocarriles del Estado

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Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Skyairlines Major YES No
LAN Major YES Yes
DAP Major YES Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

The road network is in good condition. However you should avoid leaving the main roads with a regular vehicle and take gas reserves if you plan to go for long journeys. There is a very dense and effective network of buses throughout Chile.
Public transport is dangerous because of the fierce competition between the companies which pushes the drivers, who are under pressure, to drive dangerously. The Metropolitan network is  little developed but reliable and clean.
Road Maps
Maps of Chile
Find an Itinerary
Finding an itinerary

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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.
Tourism Organizations
National Chilean Tourism Board (in Spanish)
Chilean Tourism Promotion Corporation
Turismo Chile (Tourism Guide)

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
No vaccination is recommended.
International Hospitals
In Santiago, there are two modern medical centers offering 24/7 emergency services, as well as specialized care accessible by appointment and in-patient care:

Clínica Las Condes (210-4000; Lo Fontecilla 441, Las Condes) and Clínica Alemana (212-9700; Av Vitacura 5951, Vitacura).

For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Advice from the Routard Guide
See the advice for travellers from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Consult the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs' advice for travellers.

Emergency Numbers

Ambulance 131
Fire Service 132
Police 133
Information 134
AIDS helpline +56 2 222 83 56

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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

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



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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.

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Domestic Currency
Chilean Peso
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.

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Official Language
Other Languages Spoken
Indian dialects
Business Language
Spanish, English
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 : Free Spanish-Catalan-English-French Dictionary
Word Reference : Online dictionary

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Useful Resources

To Find an Accommodation




Hotel Accommodation Guide in Chile
Travellerspoint Travel Community
To Find an Apartment
Home Chile
Contact Chile

To Find a Job
Employment offers in Chile
Employment offers in Chile
Adecco - temporary jobs in Chile

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