Resources

  • Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/chile) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveler forum and more.
  • Sernatur (www.chile.travel/en.html) The national tourism organization, in English, Spanish and French.
  • Santiago Times (www.santiagotimes.cl) Online newspaper in English with national coverage.
  • Visit Chile (www.visitchile.com) General tourist information.

Top Tips

  • Install WhatsApp on your phone for easy wi-fi contact with hotels and local businesses.
  • Seasonality plays a big part in Patagonia. If going in low season, research what's open first and the transportation options. Be sure to plan extra days for poor weather.
  • For multiday treks in Torres del Paine, book lodgings and campsites as soon as you have travel dates, as reservations are mandatory and very difficult to get in high season.
  • If you're using a smartphone, be sure to download map data for the areas in which you'll be traveling.
  • In summer, take advantage of the Fiestas Costumbristas, festivals celebrating local traditions held in small towns around the country.

What to Take

  • Comfortable walking shoes, hiking boots for trails
  • A light rain jacket
  • An external battery or solar charger for long journeys
  • A maps app that works offline
  • Adaptor for plugs

What to Wear

Geographically diverse with marked summer and winter seasons, Chile requires some thoughtful packing. A set of semi-formal clothes and shoes will serve you well for a night out in the city while those heading to the Andes or Patagonia should take boots, windproof jackets and thermal layers. Don a lid for the desert north and take sunscreen and scarves to keep the dust and sun out.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Ensure passport is valid six months past arrival date
  • Get appropriate vaccinations
  • Arrange for travel insurance
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company of your travel
  • Check airline baggage restrictions
  • Charge electronic devices and batteries