Chile; an introduction
Chile is vast. Stretching over 2,500 miles from north to south, it offers travellers a choice of stunning natural landscapes from the edge of tropics to the tip of the continent. For many tourists, trekking the Andes or the glaciers and ice fields of Patagonia will be the highlight of their Chilean adventure.
But there’s more to the country than its natural beauty. Its people have made their mark as well on everything from the nation’s capital, sophisticated Santiago, to the mysterious prehistory on Easter Island.
Chile’s one of the more expensive South American countries, so be prepared. Pay your hotel bill in US dollars and you should save on the 19% IVA purchase tax.
Daily spend: £40-60
High season in Chile is between December and March, so booking outside peak can secure you a good standard of accommodation for a moderate price. Set lunch menus offer good value in venues including some of Santiago’s more upmarket restaurants.
Daily spend: £65-80
If you’re travelling far into rural areas, you might find it hard to use your credit card. But hotels and shops may not be able to change larger peso banknotes either – take plenty of smaller denominations instead.
Daily spend: £90-125
Prices are approximate and subject to change.
Money saving tips for Chile
- Stay north. Due to high transportation costs, some prices in the south can be considerably higher than the north. Food in Patagonia, for example, can cost 30% more.
- Check out a ‘collectivo’. These taxi cabs will travel a pre-arranged route at a special price, just as long as there are four people in the car.
- Take a wine tour. But be aware - you can often buy the same wines in local supermarkets for less.
The smart way to travel
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Chile currency – the basics
- Chile’s currency is the peso.
- The peso is worth more than ten a penny, but not by much – 1,000 peso is worth around £1.20
- Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000 and 20,000 pesos
- Chile’s currency is printed and designed in Switzerland and Australia.
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