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Chile travel guide

With its sprawling landscapes, incredible experiences, diverse scenery and renowned Latin charm, Chile is fast becoming a must-see for those heading to South America. From the Atacama Desert in the north to the central fjords, and the southern Patagonian glaciers to the vibrant streets of Santiago, you’d be crazy not to visit the longest country in the world.

Chile fast facts

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Languages Spoken

The official language spoken in Chile is Spanish.

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Currency

Name: Chilean Peso

Code: CLP

Symbol: $

$490 is approximately £1

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Time Zone

Time Zone: Chile is AEDT -14h

Chile's must-sees

Much like many of its Latin American counterparts, Chile is bursting with unforgettable scenery, jaw-dropping landscapes, animated locals and a thriving capital city. 

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Santiago

Home to over 30 per cent of Chile’s entire population and nestled beneath magnificent Andes, Santiago is arguably one of the most scenic capital cities on earth. A feast on the senses, Santiago blends the old and new with historic colonial buildings, modern skyscrapers and 5-star hotels.

Valparaiso
Valparaiso
Situated along Chile's Pacific coastline, the intruiging seaside town of Valparaiso is renowned for its brightly-colored houses, Bohemian culture, artistic flair and stunning seaside views. 
Patagonia
Patagonia
Spanning of sections of the Andes, deserts, grasslands and fertile lowlands, Patagonia is home to Torres del Paine National Park, which boasts to some of the most breath-taking scenery on Earth. 
Puerto Varas
Puerto Varas
Sat beneath two colossal volcanoes, Chile’s Lake District Puerto Varas is fast-becoming South America’s go-to outdoor and adventure sports mecca.

How to get to Chile

You can fly direct to Santiago from Melbourne and Sydney with Qantas and LATAM. The flight time is around 12-15 hours.
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Highlights of Chile

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The Andes

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Atacama Desert

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Chile travel costs

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Beers

A pint in a pub/bar will is around $2,600 (approx. $5)

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Meals

A basic lunchtime meal with drink is around $5,500 (approx. $11)

Taxi Ride

Around $4,300 (approx. $9) for a 5-mile journey

Transport

A one way ticket on local transport is around $600 (approx. $1.25)

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Hostels

From $6,500 a night (approx. $13.50)

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Hotels

From $22,000 (approx. $45) a night for a 3 star hotel

Chile tours, adventures and experiences

Chile Adventure Tours

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Torres Del Paine | 11 days
Gazing upon the towering, steeple-like peaks of Patagonias Cordillera del Paine for the first time, you’d swear they were lifted straight from a "Lord of the Rings" movie.
From $3,999
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Santiago to Ushuaia | 23 days
This is an epic overland adventure through one of our favourite areas of the world - Patagonia. It's perfect for those who love the outdoors, with plenty of camping in national parks of outstanding natural beauty.
From $2,232
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Discover Patagonia | 14 days
Travel by bus and ferry to Puerto Varas, which is located in the stunning Chilean Lake District. Enjoy the sights from the “Cruce de los Lagos”, which is considered one of the most scenic ferry cruises in the world.
From $5,999
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What's the weather like in Chile?

2,500 miles from north to south, Chile’s contrasting landscapes offer a huge variety of climates. As with most landscapes of this nature, the weather is generally temperate towards the coast and colder in the mountains.  
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Do I need a Visa?

As an Australian passport holder, you can stay in Chile for up to 90 days as a tourist. If you’re thinking about staying longer than 90 days - or working or studying - you should consult the Chilean Embassy in Canberra.

How to get to Easter Island

Easter Island is located 2,000 miles off Chile's west coast. You can travel to Easter Island by one of the daily flights from Santiago with LATAM Airlines.