Printable travel guide for Chile
Travel Guide

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Basic Facts

Official Country Name: The Republic of Chile
Capital: Santiago
Population: 15.116.435 in habitants (2002).
Telephone Code: +56
Time Zone: -4h
Area: 2.006.096 sq km
Language(s): Spanish
Ethnic Groups:Spaniard, Mapuche is a native culture
Highest Mountain: Ojos del Salado (6893 m)
President/Head of State: Michelle Bachelet
Government: Democracy
Currency: Chilean peso
Exchange Rate: US$1= 513 pesos - 1€ = 612 pesos (27/12/2005),
Health Risks: -
Electricity: 220V/50 Hz.
Weights & Measures: kg/m (International System)
Country Name in other languages: Chile, Chili

Attractions and Things to See and Do


Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

Suggested Itineraries

1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...


Getting there and away, Getting around by Air, Train, Bus, Car, Motorcycle, Boat, Hitchhiking, Bicycle ...


If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

Restaurants, Supermarkets, Street Food, Local Specialties ...

Money and Costs

Exchange rate: One dollar is equal to $600 Chilean pesos. One Euro is equal to 800 Chilean pesos. Change your money only in banks and money exchange offices (rec. Agustinas with Bandera with plenty of casa de cambios, shop around), not on the streets. You can also get cash from the ATMs located in banks, malls, commercial streets and gas stations. Tips: It is customary to add 10% of the value of your bill as a tip for the waiter in a restaurant, pub or cafe. It isn't common to tip taxi drivers. Business hours: Most banks are open to the public Monday to Friday from 9am to 2pm. Money exchange offices operate from Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 3pm. On Sundays you can change money at exchange offices located in the malls (Parque Arauco, Alto Las Condes). Malls are open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 9pm. Shops open Monday to Friday from 9am to 8pm and Saturdays from 9am to 2pm.

Visa and Documents and Embassies The Chilean Home Office for visa extensions and residence in Chile. Some of the documents are available in English, such as the migratory law. The citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to Chile and are granted a 3 months tourist visa at the entry Alemania (Germany) Argentina Australia Austria Bélgica Bolivia Brasil Canadá Colombia Costa Rica Croacia Dinamarca (Denmark) Ecuador El Salvador España Estados Unidos (United States) Finlandia Francia Grecia Guatemala Holanda Honduras Hungria (Hungary) Indonesia Islandia Israel Italia Japon Malasia Marruecos (Morocco) Mexico Nicaragua Noruega Nueva Zelandia Panama Paraguay Peru Polonia (Poland) Portugal Reino Unido (Great Britain) Republica Checa (Czech Republic) Republica Dominicana Singapur Sudafrica Suecia (Sweden) Suiza (Switzerland) Turquia (Turkey) Ucrania Uruguay Venezuela Consulates in Santiago Country Address Telephone Opening Hours Argentina Av Vicuña Mackenna 41, Santiago 222-6947 222-8977 0900 - 1400 Australia Gertrudis Echeñique 420, Las Condes 228-5666 0900 - 1200 Austria Barros Errázuriz 1968 P 3, Providencia 223-4774 223-4281 1000 - 1200 Belgium Av Providencia 2653 Dpto 1104, Providenc 232-1071 232-1070 0900 - 1200 Bolivia Av Santa María 2796, Providencia 232-4997 232-8180 0900 - 1330 Brazil Mac Iver 225 P 15, Santiago 639-8867 0930 - 1330 Canada Nueva Tajamar 481 P 12, Providencia 362-9660 0830 - 1730 China Av Pedro de Valdivia 550, Providencia 233-9880 233-9898 0930 - 1300 Colombia Av Pdte Errázuriz 3943, Las Condes 206-9326 206-9324 0900 - 1300 Costa Rica Zurich 255 Of 85, Las Condes 334-9486 1000 - 1300 Ivory Coast Del Arzobispo 0739, Providencia 732-1556 0900 - 1300 Croatia Ezequias Alliende 2370, Providencia 269-6141 0900 - 1200 Cuba Los Leones 1346, Providencia 274-5708 274-5021 0930 - 1330 Czech Republic Av. El Golf 254, Las Condes 231-1910 0900 - 1200 Denmark Jacques Cazotte 5531, Vitacura 218-5949 0900 - 1300 Dominican Republic Augusto Leguía Sur 79 Of 1802, Las Conde 245-0667 334-4888 0900 - 1500 Ecuador Av Providencia 1979 P 5, Providencia 231-2015 231-5073 0900 - 1800 El Salvador Coronel 2330 Of 51 y 52, Providencia 233-8324 233-8332 0900 - 1500 Finland Alcantara 200 Of 201, Las Condes 263-4918 0900 - 1230 France Condell 65, Providencia 225-1030 0900 - 1230 Germany Las Hualtatas 5677, Vitacura 463-2500 0900 - 1300 Greece Isidora Goyenechea 3162 Of 902, Las Condes 231-1244 1100 - 1400 Guatemala Mons Sótero Sanz 55 P 8, Providencia 335-1565 1030 - 1400 Honduras Rosario Sur 269, Las Condes 212-3682 1000 - 1400 Hungary Los Leones 2279, Providencia 274-2210 1000 - 1300 Island Monseñor Sotero Sanz 55 P 3, Providencia 231-1803 0830 - 1800 India Triana 871, Providencia 235-2005 235-2633 0900 - 1200 Indonesia Nueva Costanera 3318, Vitacura 207-9880 0900 - 1730 Israel San Sebastián 2812 P 5, Las Condes 246-1570 246-1571 1000 - 1300 Italy Clemente Fabres 1050, Providencia 225-9439 0900 - 1200 Japan Ricardo Lyon 520, Providencia 232-1807 0900 - 1730 Jordan San Pascual 446, Las Condes 228-8989 208-4595 0900 - 1500 Lebanon Alianza 1728, Vitacura 218-2835 0900 - 1700 Malaysia Tajamar 183 P 11, Las Condes 233-6698 0900 - 1400 Mexico Félix de Amesti 128, Las Condes 206-6132 0900 - 1400 Morocco Av Luis Pasteur 5850 Of 203, Vitacura 218-0311 0900 - 1400 Netherlands Las Violetas 2368, Providencia 223-6934 223-6825 0930 - 1300 New Zealand Isidora Goyenechea 3516, Las Condes 231-4204 /5 /6 0900 - 1800 Nicaragua Zurich 255 Of 51, Las Condes 234-1808 234-5170 0900 - 1400 Norway San Sebastian2839 Of 509, Las Condes 288-1197 0930 - 1230 Panama La Reconquista 640, Providencia 202-5439 0900 - 1400 Paraguay Huérfanos 886 Of 515, Santiago 639-4640 639-5112 0900 - 1300 Peru Padre Mariano 10 Of 309, Providencia 235-4600 0900 - 1400 Phillipines Félix de Amesti 367, Las Condes 208-1313 0900 - 1730 Polond Mar del Plata 2055, Providencia 204-1213 1000 - 1600 Portugal Monseñor Sotero Sanz 55 P 5, Providencia 232-3034 231-8809 0900 - 1800 Romania Calle Benjamín 2955, Las Condes 231-1893 0900 - 1200 Russia Av Cristóbal Colón 4152, Las Condes 208-3413 0900 - 1300 Singapore Amunátegui 277 P 3, Santiago 696-5185 0900 - 1730 Sout Africa Av 11 de Septiembre 2353 P 16, Providenc 231-2862 0900 - 1230 Spain Av 11 de Septiembre 2353, Providencia 233-4070 0900 - 1400 Sweden Av 11 de Septiembre 2353 P 4, Providenci 231-2733 0900 - 1200 Switzerland Av Américo Vespucio Sur 100, Las Condes 263-4211 1000 - 1400 Syria Carmencita 111, Las Condes 232-7471 1000 - 1400 Taiwan Apoquindo 3001 P 5, Las Condes 362-9772 0900 - 1300 Thailand Av Américo Vespucio Sur 100 P 15, Las Co 263-0710 0900 - 1700 Turkey Mons Sótero Sanz 56 P 7, Providencia 231-8952 0900 - 1500 Ucraine Los Conquistadores 1700 P 28 Providencia 334-5689 0900 - 1300 United Kingdom El Bosque Norte 0125, Las Condes 370-4100 0900 - 1230 United States Av Andrés Bello 2800, Las Condes 232-2600 0830 - 1300 Uruguay Pedro de Valdivia 711, Providencia 223-8398 1000 - 1600 Venezuela Bustos 2021 P 3, Providencia 225-8681 0900 - 1300

Borders and Customs

Taxes: Due to the mutual visa requirements the citizens of USA, Canada and Australia are required to pay a fee of US100, US55 and US35 respectively when they pass through Immigrations at the airport (no fee when entering Chile by land or sea).

Post and Communications and Internet

Mail: The Chilean postal service is very efficient and has offices all over the country. The main post office is located on Plaza de Armas (main square) and opens Monday through Friday from 8.30am to 7pm and Saturdays from 8.30am to 3pm. To find out the nearest post office to you call 800 362236. Telephone: The code for Chile is 56 and for Santiago 2. If you want to call a mobile phone you must place before the number a 09 from a normal phone and 9 from another mobile phone. Internet: There is internet available almost everywhere, at hotels and shopping malls, plenty of ciber cafes all through Santiago and the regions.

Questions and Answers or Forum

Vamos a viajar a chile el proximo mes de Noviembre/Diciembre 2007. Me gustaria saber si existen compañias aereas interiores en Chile (ademas de Lan),que sean económicas (low cost) y si es posible comprar los vuelos a través de internet.

Hospitality Club Meetings

Hospitality Club meetings are held every second month or so. Please contact Henrika for further details.


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Activities and Sports

Nightlife and Entertainment

Population and People

Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

Language and Useful Phrases


Events and Holidays

Public Holidays 2003: some of the holidays could change. Depends on the year.

January 1st: New Year
April 18th: Good Friday
April 19th: Good Saturday
May 1st: Labor Day
May 21st: Naval Glories Day
June 29th: St Peter and St Paul
August 15th: Assumption of the Virgin
September 18th: Independence Day
September 19th: Army Glories Day
October 12th: Columbus Day
November 1st: All Saints Day
December 8th: Inmaculate Conception
December 25th: Christmas Day

Chileans tend to have summer holidays during the months of January and February and winter holidays in the last two weeks of July.

Climate and When to Go

Mediterranean climate with hot summers (over 86F on some days) and winters with heavy but brief rainfall in the city and snowfall only in the mountains. The mean annual temperature is 57F and the annual average rainfall is 15 in. The best time to visit Chile is from March to May and from October to November.

A general rule: in the north there are lot of desert like weathers. In deep south you have artic weather. In the middle all kinds.


Environment and Flora and Fauna

Dangers and Warnings

Tourist Traps



Government and Politics


Learn why Chile is a country of opportunities


Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...


Online newspapers:
El Mercurio
La Tercera
Las Ultimas Noticias
La Cuarta
La Segunda
television channels
Canal 13
Television Nacional

Chilean Information Project/Santiago Times


Catholic: Catedral de Santiago, Plaza de Armas Parroquia Basilica La Merced, McIver with Merced Parroquia del Sagrado Corazon, Av. El Bosque 822 Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepcion, Av. Vitacura 3729 Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de los Andes, Av. El Golf 155 Adventist: Luis Zegers 80 Anglican: Santiago Community Church, Holanda 151 Baptist: Compañia 1744 Mormon: Pedro de Valdivia 1423 Lutheran: Lota 2330 Pentecostal Methodist: Alameda 3644 Orthodox: Pedro de Valdivia 92 Jewish: Or Shalom Congregation of the Estadio Israelita, Av. Las Condes 8361

Volunteer Opportunities and Work - a foundation that helps to locate volunteers in Chile. - a volunteer program to teach English at local schools

Organized Tours

What to Bring or Packing List


Books and Further Reading

Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information is the largest website of this country. Here you can find interesting information about Chile, both in Spanish and English. The Chile Information Project, CHIP, is an internet-driven business located in Santiago, Chile. Our services include an online travel agency, a daily English newspaper about Chilean current affairs, and several websites possessing a wealth of information about Chile.

External Links

Chile Travel Guide (L) 

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Chile (L)

Offtopic Messages

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