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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘hola’
(o-la)
Spanish
Plug combo cl
Electricity
220V/50hz
Sep-Dec
Best time to go
Spring

Money and costs

Currency
Pesos ($)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated March 14, 2019 11:19AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
CH$65,000
  • Inexpensive hospedaje room/dorm bed: CH$10,000
  • Budget-restaurant dinner main: CH$5000
  • Three-course set lunch: CH$4000–7000
Midrange
CH$65,000–80,000
  • Double room in midrange hotel or B&B: CH$50,000
  • Midrange-restaurant dinner main: CH$8000
  • Car rentals: start at CH$20,000 per day
Top end (more than)
CH$80,000
  • Double room in top-end hotel: CH$80,000
  • Fine-restaurant dinner main: CH$14,000
  • All-day guided outdoor adventures: CH$30,000–65,000

Visas

Generally not required for stays of up to 90 days. Australian citizens must pay a US$117 'reciprocity fee' when arriving by air.

Get the latest visa advice for Chile from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
CH-EI
Easter Island (Rapa Nui)
CHL
Santiago
Go Year round
Mar – May
2387346
Jun – Aug
1546038
Sep – Nov
2287146
Dec – Feb
29138455
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
San Pedro de Atacama
Go Nov–Mar
Mar – May
1534826
Jun – Aug
1414623
Sep – Nov
2447439
Dec – Feb
1655030
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Punta Arenas
Go Nov–Mar
Mar – May
1034938
Jun – Aug
404031
Sep – Nov
1035037
Dec – Feb
1475843
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Chile

Visitors can come to Chile by air, overland or on cruises. International flights and buses to neighboring countries and beyond are plentiful. Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Chile

The best price found from United States to Chile is on May 7th, 2019, travelling with jetBlue. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

DCA
Washington Ronald Reagan
from $326.00
SCL
Santiago Arturo Merino Benitez

Getting around Chile

Traveling Chile from head to tail is easy, with a constant procession of flights and buses connecting cities up and down the country. What is less convenient is the service east to west, and south of Puerto Montt, where the country turns into a labyrinth of fjords, glaciers and mountains. However, routes are improving. Drivers are generally courteous and orderly. Toll highways are common.

Air A worthwhile time saver for long distances, with economical regional deals sold in-country.

Bus The best way to get around Chile: frequent, comfortable and reasonably priced, with service to towns throughout the country. Less useful for parks access.

Car Renting your own wheels can help to better explore remote regions like Patagonia.

Train Limited. A few lines can be useful for travelers in Central Chile.

Health and safety

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