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Chile

Continent: South America
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Best Time: October-March Read More

Currency: Chilean Peso (CLP)

Budget: Moderate

"The Land of the Poets"

Chile Tourism

Chile is home to poets like Pablo Neruda and Isabella Allende. There are plenty of places to visit in Chile from the urban boulevards of Santiago, the Andean foothills and the Atacama Desert, the Pacific coastline and the National Parks, the guanaco and the glaciers. It is known to be the distinction of being the longest country in the world as also the narrowest - it is 4300 km long and just 175 km wide. Chile happens to have the world's largest swimming pool. Its Atacama desert is the driest place on earth. Chileans are friendly and hospitable. It is an ethnically diverse country which gives it a vibrant culture and a multitude of flavours.

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Best time to visit Chile

October-March is the best time to visit Chile

Chile has diverse regions so the best time to visit Chile differs accordingly however October to March are considered ideal. The seasons of Chile are quite different from the ones that people experience in the Northern Hemisphere. If someone is going to visit the Chilean Patagonia, then they may do so in the months of October to March when the weather is warm and the peak season for tourism in entire Chile. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy trekking in the beautiful mountains of Patagonia. But if someone wants to visit the Atacama Desert, then they may visit anytime during the year as it remains dry. You can always enjoy the sight of the pink flamingos or experience the beautiful sunset in the Atacama. People aiming for the middle of Chile can also visit throughout the year where they can check out the beautiful Vineyards. But in all, if someone wants to cover a considerable amount of Chile, then they should aim to visit during the summer months that last from November to March. If you think of visiting Chile in the offseason, that is in the winter months, then be ready to enjoy the activities away from the crowd.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

The scenic beauty. The cuisine.

What's Not So Great?

Bag snatchers. Pickpocketers.

For Whom?

Nature lovers. Adrenaline Junkies. People seeking peace.

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Currency of Chile

Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are widely accepted throughout Chile. However, small businesses like hostels and low budget hotels might not accept them. Carrying small denominations is recommended as small shops don't have change. Paying a bill with US cash is sometimes acceptable, especially at tour agencies. Many top-end hotels publish rates in US dollars with a lower exchange rate than the daily one. However, a lot of places only accept pesos.

Exchanging Money in Chile

ATMs are also a good way to get money in Chile. A Chilean ATM is known as a Cajero autom‡tico, or more commonly as a Redbanc, which is advertised on a maroon-and-white sticker. Chilean banks do not charge a fee to use their ATMs, but your bank may impose a fee for international transactions.There are several money exchange houses called Casa de Cambios. As a last option, you can also exchange money at the airport, at a bank, or in some touristy restaurants, but the rates are usually very poor.

Nightlife in Chile

Chile's vibrant nightlife can mostly be seen in Santiago, Valparaiso, and Temuco. It has a fair share of bars, clubs, pubs, and discos. Chile's nightlife has a thriving music scene featuring live music such a jazz, stadium rock, and Latin American bolero.

Shopping in Chile

Some of the good places to shop are the Santiago borough of Bellarista, Viva del Mar, the Purto Moutt suburb of Angelmo and the village of Dalcahne. Some of the things worth purchasing are crafts, leather goods, woollens, ceramics, silverware, basketry and carvings. Chile has abundant supermarkets, flea markets, bookshops, antiques and handicrafts stores and culinary souvenirs stores that offer various souvenirs.

Festivals of Chile

Santiago a Mil, or "Santiago by the Thousands," is Chile's largest festival. This three-week-long artistic and cultural festival takes place in January in the country's capital, Santiago, and features open-air as well as indoor theater performances and international street shows that feature street performers, acrobats and dancers.Vina del Mar Music Festival. This immensely popular, nationally broadcast music festival is one of the world's largest of its kind. Though built around pop- and folk-singing competitions, the festival's real draw is the performances by famous international musicians.Hosted in the city of Arica, Con la Fuerza del Sol is a three-day festival that celebrates the peaceful blending of Spanish and indigenous cultures in the Andes, as well as Catholic and indigenous traditions. Chilean, Peruvian and Bolivian participants come together to celebrate with lavish costumes, dance groups and brass bands. Fiestas Patrias, or "Patriotic Festivities," refer to celebrations related to the Chilean Independence Day, which falls on September 18. Across the country, communities celebrate with parades, air shows, festivals, patriotic decorations and indigenous foods.We Tripantu, or the Mapuche New Year, begins just before sunset on June 23 and ends at sunrise on June 24, as the indigenous Mapuche people wait for the "new sun" to return from the west.

History of Chile

Chile was settled about 10,000 years ago by tribal people living in its valleys and its Pacific coast. Northern Chile was under Incan rule while Mapuche inhabited Central And Southern Chile until 1536. After that, the Spanish began to conquer Chile and Pedro de Valdivia founded the city of Santiago in 1941. In 1810, Chileans had fought the war of Reconquista against the Spanish. Chile declared its independence on February 12, 1818. Bernardo O' Higgins became the first leader of Independent Chile.

Hygiene in Chile

Make sure that your routine vaccinesÊare up-to-date before every trip. These vaccines includeÊMMR vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Additionally, it is advised to get a Hepatitis A, Typhoid,ÊHepatitis B, and Rabies.Dengue might be a risk in some places so carry repellents and full-length clothing. Chile has areas with high altitude so altitude sickness can be a problem.

Tips for visiting Chile

Be aware of your surroundings and cautious of your belongings. Carry a photocopy of your passport and keep the original document in a safe place. Visiting secluded places at night is not advised, and travel within the busier areas should be done in the safety of the group. If you plan to travel around using a taxi after sunset,Êit's advised that you book one in advance. Pack all kinds of clothing because the weather varies depending on the area.

Food of Chile

Chilean cuisine stems mainly from the traditional Spanish cuisine, Chilean Indigenous Mapuche culture, and local ingredients. You would also see a hint of other European cuisines, particularly from Germany, Italy and France. Chilean cuisine is known for its seafood. Pastel de Choclo, Empanadas, Cazuela, Asado, Reineta, Congrio, Corvina, Locos, Jaiva,  and Centolla are some of the famous dishes of Chile.

Regions in Chile

Chile can be divided into Northern Chile, Central Chile, Southern Chile, Extreme South Region, and Eastern Island. In Northern Chile, you will find the Atacama desert, archaeological ruins, and the Andean highlands. Central Chile is home to the main cities, famous vineyards and some of the best ski resorts.Southern Chile is the land of the Mapuches, lakes, rivers and Chilo island. The Souther region consists of The Western Patagonia, with its fjords, ice caps, lakes and forests. Eastern Island is an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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