Chile

Slip down a cobblestone street in Santiago under towering glass encased skyscrapers. In the Central Valley, the Carmenera varietal has elevated Chilean wines to world class status. The Jewel of the Pacific, the port city of Valparaiso, oozes old world charm. Snow-capped Andean peaks and quiet Pacific beaches are but a few hours distant. Let a discount tour to Chile from Friendly Planet help you experience it all!

Tours & Packages to Chile

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Patagonian Explorer by Sea
Buenos Aires & Ushuaia, then a 3 night cruise to Tierra Del Fuego, Cape Horn & the penguins of Magdalena Island; plus Santiago & Valparaiso, Chile
12 days  •  $6149 $5549
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + cruise + flights

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Chile? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Santiago
Population: 17.91 million
Currency: Chilean peso (CLP)
Languages: Spanish
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: UTC -3

Weather

The best time to visit Chile is October thru March. It seldom rains during that time and humidity is low. May thru August is the cold and rainy season from Santiago south. Temps range 70-90 F year round during the day, except the far south. Nights can be cold, so take a sweater or jacket.

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least 90 days after your return date, though we strongly recommend at least six months.

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa for entry into Chile for stays up to 90 days. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

Shopping

Chile is best known for blankets, wool rugs, pottery, wines, lapis lazuli, models of Easter Island statues, shell necklaces, bronzes, purses, silver jewelry, ceramics, and copper items. Bargaining is the norm in markets and smaller villages.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

There are no health requirements to enter Chile, including no risk of malaria. Ask your doctor about possible vaccinations for typhoid and hepatitis.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Power & Adapters

220 volts. Plugs C & L. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Tipping

10% in restaurants and hotels. Do not tip taxi drivers, though you may leave them change from the fare. Tip bellhops Ch$500-$1,000 per bag.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are ATMs available in Chile?

    ATMs are everywhere.

  2. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

Rave Reviews

This was the best trip ever. The guides were all wonderful, especially Patricia in Patagonia who made sure that we saw all of the flora and fauna in the region. Iguazu Falls, the glaciers, scenery, and boat rides were spectacular. The food was also very special. All told, another great tour with Friendly Planet!

Joy Wellington, New York, NY
Patagonian Explorer