Chile travel advice
We’ve been to Chile many times over… and it is one of the most popular destinations we send our travellers to. Here is the best Chile travel advice we give to all of our clients.
General Chile travel advice
There are a few things you need to know to make your Chile travel experience a smooth one…
- The official language of Chile is Spanish, although English is widely spoken.
- The currency is the peso and you should be prepared to tip when eating at restaurants – 10% is the standard amount.
- Pack a corkscrew… you’ll thank us when you need to crack open that bottle of wine you bought at one of the amazing vineyards.
Is Chile Safe?
Just like everywhere in the world, when you travel to Chile, you need to take care. Use common sense and be aware of your surroundings.
Be mindful of your belongings and carry copies of all your important documents including your passport. Avoid walking alone at night on the outskirts of towns and always carry a map with you with the address of your accommodation.
It’s also not advisable to carry flashy valuables while walking on the street.
Public transport in chile
Chile is served well by air and buses, with rail transport limited to Santiago and reaching to some of the wine region.
Buses in Chile are a very comfortable and convenient option. Some buses even have an attendant service, and on long journeys, lie flat beds, making them a great option to see Chile from the ground instead of from 30,000 feet in the air.
What is the food like in Chile?
It’s not just the wine in Chile that has a reputation. Chile is also a haven for foodies keen to delight their taste buds.
Meals in Chile are heavily meat-based, which does limit the options for vegetarians. Given the long coastline, seafood also features heavily on the menu.
Be sure to try some of the traditional dishes such as pastel de choclo (a corn-based dish), the beef empanadas and the curanto from Chiloé.
Entry fee to Chile
Australians need to pay an entry fee of $117 USD when arriving into Chile at Santiago airport. You can avoid this fee by arriving by land or sea. Australians do not require a visa to enter Chile but you have must have at least six months before your passport expires when you arrive in the country.
You must show proof of an onward or return ticket from Chile so be prepared to provide evidence of this if asked.
We provide all of our travellers with their own book which includes all tickets and itineraries, which has helped in more than one sticky situation!