10 Things You Must Know Before You Travel to Chile
Now with the pandemic seemingly under control and Covid numbers declining worldwide, people are once again considering travels. Chile has always been a favorite tourist destination because of its picturesque landscapes. This South American country used to get visitors from all over the world before Covid struck; now, things are changing for the better. Here is some useful information if you are planning to holiday in Chile:
- No visa required: If you are a US or EU citizen, you will not need a visa to go to Chile. You have the right to reside in this country for 90 days on a tourist visa. For those keen to extend their stay, the visa can be extended for 3 more months. Sometimes people simply cross the borders during the weekend and return to Chile.
- Safe country: Chile has always been popular amongst tourists because it is one of the safest South American countries. According to Global Peace Index, it holds the 27th rank in the list of safest countries. The country extends a warm welcome to foreigners.
- Expensive but rewarding: While a vacation in Chile can be costlier than you thought it is most satisfying. It is at par with European countries and far more expensive compared to countries like Peru and Argentina. Prices however are found to differ from one part of the country to another, like Patagonia restaurant are costlier than central Chile. However, you are sure to get worth for every penny you spend.
- Unexpected weather: Chile is known for its unpredictable weather. North Chile is desert condition while Patagonia in South Chile has mountains. So, make sure to pack a variety of clothes when you travel to Chile.
- Vaccinated: Chile has been leading South American nations in terms of vaccinations. The country swiftly negotiated with vaccine makers and ensured that its population got jabbed early. It is expected to attain herd immunity soon in spite of two devastating coronavirus waves.
- Train well before you go: If you are planning to explore the hiking trails in Chile, it may be a good idea to train first. The country is known for its breathtaking adventure trails and some of them can be quite intense. Regular tourists will make a trip to the Wildlife Safari in the Torres del Paine National Park or to the Atacama Desert.
- Getting around: It is best to get the BIP card available at all Metro stations if you want to commute easily in Chile. With this card in your pocket, you can commute by bus, subway/metro. A single card can accommodate you and your travel buddies. Use a credit card for recharging it.
- Long distances: Chile is a big country and travelers may have to travel long distances to cover the better-known tourist destinations. For instance, traveling from Arica to Patagonia is almost the same as going to Morocco from Scandinavia.
- Language: Chile’s local population uses a unique Spanish dialect which you may not be familiar with. However, they are friendly towards tourists and make an effort to communicate with them.
- Border crossing: This is likely to be tricky in certain areas. The Andes mountains are situated between Argentina and Chile; these get lower in Patagonia where the terrain in uneven. Vehicles may not be able to ply in certain areas as a result; you have to then consider alternate means of transport like horseback or boats. With a car, travels are easy, but on your own, you have to remember that some regions in Patagonia do not have public transport.