Tours in Chile are a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the whole world during one vacation: the Pacific Ocean and glaciers, steppes and deserts, mountain lakes and active volcanoes. It’s all centered on a narrow coastline between Pacific waters and the Andes ranges.
For many years, magnificent year-round holidays in Chile have attracted lovers of ski resorts (Valle Nevado, La Parva, El Colorado, Portillo), connoisseurs of nature reserves and parks (Sajama, Lauca), adherents of luxury hotels and luxurious beaches (Viña del Mar, La Serena, Valle Nevado) as well as those who prefer a vibrant resort night life.
A mixture of culinary tastes and cultural styles, a mixture of nations and languages, a mixture of landscapes and unique ecosystems – this cocktail is Chile!
- Currency: Chilean peso
- Language: Spanish (“castellano”)
Chilean peso (Ch$, CLP), equal to 100 centavos. In circulation there are denominations of 20000, 10000, 5000, 2000 and 1000 pesos, as well as coins of 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1 pesos. It is possible to pay for goods and services in US dollars.
You can exchange money at banks or exchange offices (“casas de cambios”). It is quite possible to exchange with private money changers – their exchange rate is usually 10 percent more profitable, but this form of exchange cannot be recommended as a permanent one – cases of fraud are not uncommon here.
Large shops, restaurants and hotels accept credit cards of the world’s leading systems for payment. Traveler’s checks can be exchanged at banks (traveler’s check departments are usually only open until noon) or at exchange offices (usually a better exchange rate). To avoid additional exchange costs, it is recommended to take travelers checks in US dollars with you. In the province, the use of non-cash means of payment is problematic.
Estimated exchange rate
Chilean Peso (CLP) / United States Dollar (USD)
1 USD = 476.19 CLP
1000 CLP = 2.10 USD
Chilean Peso (CLP) / Euro (EUR)
1 EUR = 663.12 CLP
1000 CLP = 1.51 EUR
Behind Moscow in winter – by 6 hours, in summer – by 7 hours.
Official holidays and days off:
January 1 – New Year.
March-April – Good Friday and Easter.
May 1 – Labor Day.
May 21 – Glory Day (Navy Day).
May 23 – Feast of the Body of the Lord.
June 29 – Day of Saints Peter and Paul.
August 15 – Dormition.
September 5-6 – Day of National Unity (Day of Reconciliation).
September 18 – Independence Day.
September 19 – Army Day.
October 12 – Dia de la Rasa (Discovery Day of America, Columbus Day).
November 1 – All Saints Day.
December 8 – Day of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary.
December 25 – Christmas.
Communication and communications:
International country code – 56. Outgoing international code – 00.
Mobile communications (GSM 1900 standard) are quite well developed in Chile. The operator Entel and its subsidiaries provide almost complete coverage of the flat areas of the country and the capital. In mountainous areas, the coverage is patchy, even along many major highways the connection is unstable.
Citizens of Russia and CIS countries require a visa to visit Chile.
Flight: from 19 hours + connection time (depending on the airline’s schedule)
Import and export of national and foreign currency is not limited, amounts over $10,000 are subject to mandatory declaration.
Up to 400 cigarettes, 500 g of tobacco, 50 cigars or 50 cigarillos are imported duty-free; up to 2.5 liters of alcoholic beverages (only for persons over 18 years old); as well as a reasonable amount of perfume for personal use.
Duty-free importation of any personal items that were in use, including television, radio and video equipment, as well as portable electronic computers necessary for professional activities, is allowed. It is also allowed to purchase goods for non-commercial purposes in the Duty-Free shop of the airport in the amount of up to $500 and then import them into the country.
It is forbidden to import weapons, any plants and seedlings, soil, insects (including bees, honey and wax), wild animals (including snails, bacteria and fungi for scientific research, as well as veterinary biologicals), narcotic substances and unpreserved food ( milk and dairy products, including butter and cheese, fresh and dried fruits, meat and meat products, etc.) without a special phytosanitary certificate (FITOSANITARIO).
Pets are imported only with an international veterinary certificate and a certificate of vaccination against rabies, made between 1 and 12 months before entering Chile. When entering Easter Island, animals will additionally need a health certificate issued by the Chilean office of Sociedad Agricola Ganadera (SAG). The import of parrots is prohibited.
It is forbidden to export, without special permission, objects and things of historical, artistic or archaeological value, as well as weapons and rare representatives of flora and fauna. It is allowed to export wool and leather products, jewelry and souvenirs within the limits of personal needs, while you need to present a receipt from the store where these purchases were made.
Tips are usually 10% of the bill, often already included in the total. Tipping is not required in taxis, you can simply round the fare up.
The crime and corruption rate in Chile is the lowest in Latin America. In the capital and other large cities, there is still a risk of running into fraud (this is especially common when exchanging currency) or petty theft, while in rural areas of the country, theft or deception of a guest is simply unthinkable from the point of view of morality.
From mid-2006, a new law came into force to ban smoking in government offices, buses, stadiums, schools, hospitals and other public places, and large non-smoking areas must be provided in restaurants.
International health insurance is recommended.
Water used for drinking, brushing teeth, or making ice should be boiled (or use bottled water).
Mains voltage 220 V, 50 Hz. Plugs are round, with two or three pins.