Travel information about Chile

Chile is a long and narrow country located in South America between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. It has a total area of 756,102 sq km and a population of approximately 18,131,850. You’d love to climb the peaks of Torres del Paine National Park or go surfing the waves of Punta de Lobos in Pichilemu. The Chileans are warm and friendly people.

Capital city of Chile: Santiago

Closest neighbors to Chile: Chile’s closest neighbors are Peru at the north, Bolivia at the north east, and Argentina at the east.

Best times to visit Chile: November to early March is the best time to go to Chile for it is summer. The glaciers are so breathtaking to view and the blue waters spark like diamonds. Just book early for tourists are also swarming during these months.

How to get to Chile: Direct flights are available from the US and Europe to Chile. It will take 10 hours and 30 minutes from the US to get there.

Visa requirements for Chile: US citizens to travel to Chile for business, recreation, tourism, and conferences need not obtain a visa but should have a valid passport.

Currency of Chile: Chilean Peso (CLP) is the currency of Chile.

Official Language of Chile: Spanish is the official language of Chile.

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Chile

There are 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Chile and 17 on their tentative list.

  • Churches of Chiloé (2000)
  • Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso (2003)
  • Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works (2005)
  • Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System (2014)
  • Rapa Nui National Park (1995)
  • Sewell Mining Town (2006)


Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.

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