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Tours & Packages to Chile

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Patagonian Explorer by Sea New
Buenos Aires & Ushuaia, then a 4 night cruise to Tierra Del Fuego, Cape Horn & the penguins of Magdalena Island; plus Santiago & Valparaiso, Chile
13 days  •  $7399 $6799
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

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for the period of their stay, 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Money

ATMs are everywhere.

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card abroad.

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 not common where prices are posted, but can be tried in markets and smaller villages, especially if you have to ask for the price.

Electricity & 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.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

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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