Chile

Always amazing

Chile is an insurmountable destination, with a vast quantity of tourist and natural attractions, a melting pot of culture and traditions, accompanied by lands that in recent years have managed to amaze due to their excellent cuisine and fine wines.

Brief History

The official language in Chile is Spanish. The population is mestizo, a mix of European and indigenous people, whose traditions are still practiced in some areas of the territory. The literacy rate is 94%, one of the highest in Latin America.

Currency

The official currency of Chile is the Chilean peso (CLP).

Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Most currency exchange offices have a more extensive schedule. We always recommend changing your money at official exchange offices or at your hotel. Major credit and debit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants. There are numerous ATM for withdrawing money with credit or debit cards, found in malls, banks and service stations.

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required to travel to Chile, however, for Argentines, Brazilians, Paraguayans and Uruguayans simply present their national identification document.

Natural features

Chile has a unique territorial form: it is one of the longest countries in the world, with 4.326-kilometers in length and the Pacific Ocean bathes its coasts in an area of more than 8,000 km. However, it is also one of the narrower Nations, with an average width of only 180 km.

Across its territory we will find geographical and climatic contrasts: it has almost all existing climates (except tropical) including the driest desert in the world – of Atacama – fertile valleys agricultural producers, lakes, Patagonian rivers and huge expanses of ice fields.

Tipping Etiquette

Gratuity tips are not mandatory; however, always suggested and the amount is based on the quality of the service received. In general, a 10% tip is customary.

Infrastructure

Chile is a modern country, with excellent hotel infrastructure, wonderful cuisine, a network of roads and the necessary connections, both aerial and terrestrial which enables travelling throughout the country, becoming a great alternative for tourists.

Time of transfer from the airport to hotels in Santiago – 40 minutes