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Chile Travel Information

Time zone: GMT-4

Currency: The Chilean Peso ($). All major credit cards are accepted widely.

Electricity: 220 volts. 3 round pin sockets, or 2-pin sockets.

Entry Requirements: Canadian citizens do not require a visa for Chile. US citizens do not require a visa for Chile but upon arrival must pay US$160 fee. Passports are required to have adequate unused pages, at least 2 pages are recommended. Passports are also required to have at least 90 days validity following the end date of your trip. It is recommended to have at least 6 months validity left on your passport at all times.

When to travel to Chile: Generally the most popular time to travel is November-March when the weather is better in the far south and all services there are operating.

Weather: In the summer months it can be very hot in Santiago. It is mostly hot in the Atacama Desert although over the past few years they have experienced some colder and wetter weather in January and February. Patagonia is known for its constantly changing weather with people experiencing four seasons in one day. It is usually chilly at night in Patagonia though, no matter what it has been like through the day.

Festivals: On Easter Island the Tapati Festival is a great event every January/February for two weeks.

Main Attractions: Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most popular attractions of Chile with its stunning scenery and great hiking. The Atacama Desert in the far north is a great contrast to the south with a very different landscape. A hire car is a great way to explore many parts of Chile and for the adventurous there is the stunning and remote Carretera Austral to drive. Chile combines well with a visit to Argentina.