Chile Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Chile

Where is it?: Chile is on the west coast of South America, west of Argentina and Bolivia.

Why do people go here?: Chile is wine country. Vinyard tours are available and popular. The sea ports of central Chile are the most visited (Santiago & Valpariso). Pablo Neruda, the world famous poets, holds three homes in Chile. Travelers that can shell out the cash are drawn towards the mysterious statues on Easter Island.

What are the main entry points?: Air: Santiago Sea: Santiago Land: West: Santiago via Mendosa, Argentina. North: Arica via Tacna.

Currency used: Peso

Country Code for Phones: 56

Religion: Roman Catholic 89%, Protestant 11%

Population: 16.9 million

Ethnic Breakdown: 95% White and Mestizo, 5% Amerindian

Government: Representative Democracy

Languages: Spanish

Travel Information

Major Cities: Santiago, Valpariso, Antofagasta, Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas

Attractions: Vinyards, Easter Island, Atacama Desert, Salt Flats, Santiago

Accomodation: Chile Hostels

Tourism Office locations and links: Chile Tourism Office

Off-the-Beaten-Path: San Pedro de Atacama (Desert, Giesers, Salt Flats), Easter Island Tours

Health Issues: Adequate medical services may not be available in some remote towns. There are no major health risks. Be cautious of altitude sickness.

Tips for Visiting

When to go: The very southern regions of Chile can get very cold in the norther hemisphere’s summer. Boot up to that region from late September through early March.

Common Phrases: Chao = Goodbye. Ch�vere = Cool. Cuanto cuesta? = How much?. Donde esta? = Where is?. Como se llama? = What is your name?. Me llamo= My name is

Specific Events/Holidays: September 18 – Independence Day

Getting Around: You can take a bus to just about anywhere you want to go. Research the quality of transport before bording. Cabs, walking, or a bicycle are recommended means of city travel.

Good to know: Chile’s former dictator, Pinochet, has a history of human rights violations.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The main airport serving the travellers of Chile is the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Chile travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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