From smooth Santiago to remote southern lands, the world’s longest country has an even longer list of essential experiences.
Our Chile trips score an average of 4.55 out of 5 based on 100 reviews in the last year.
If you want to experience many of the amazing things Patagonia has to offer and don't mind a basic type of trip, this is perfect for you.
Review submitted 14 Mar 2018
My combination trip from Chile, through Argentina and into Brazil, was a fantastic introduction to the diversity and beauty of South America. I loved the mix of city, country and beach destinations offered on this tour which served as a great appetiser for the parts of each country that I'd like to explore further, in more detail and at a slower pace, on future trips. Most importantly we had a fabulous and very laid back group of travellers to share the journey, including our tour leader (Guillermo) and our local guides along the journey (Guilana, Emilie and Edourdo) whose local knowledge and enthusiasm for their subject matter really made all the difference. Very impressed all around. I will recommend this trip to many others I know who are interested, but cautious, about travelling in South America. I felt safe and supported all the way through and will definitely return for more adventures!
Review submitted 27 Feb 2018
Savour the modern delights of Santiago
Discover the inspiring glacial landscapes of Patagonia
Hike to the rim of the Villarrica Volcano
Explore the beaches, mountains and forests of Pucon
Travel to Chile’s famous Torres del Paine National Park
CHILE RECIPROCITY TAX:
All passengers with passports from Australia and Mexico must pay a reciprocity tax before entering Interpol control. The amounts are as follows:
Australia - US$117
México - US$23
This tax applies only to travellers entering Chile via its international airport in Santiago. This tax doesn't apply to those entering Chile by another form of transport.
Leaving an extra 10% on top of your restaurant bill is considered polite in Chile, as is tipping porters and other service workers. Feel free to leave spare change or tip extra if the service is particularly good.
Internet access is widely available in cities and tourist areas where there are many internet cafes and Wi-Fi hot spots. Internet access is less frequent in rural and remote areas.
You'll be able to use your mobile phone in most urban areas of Chile, although some of the more remote areas may not have network coverage. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your mobile carrier before you leave home if you wish to use your mobile while in Chile.
Toilets in Chile will vary depending on what area you are travelling in. Flushable, western-style toilets are common in the cities, large hotels, malls and clubs but more modest squat toilets are the standard in rural areas and while camping. Either way, carrying a supply of toilet paper and soap is a good idea, as these aren’t always available in public toilets.
City bus fare = 350 CLP
Cup of coffee in a café = 400 CLP
Beer in a bar = 900 CLP
Simple lunch = 2,000 CLP
Dinner in a restaurant = 8,500 CLP
Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Chile. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water and fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Major credit cards are widely accepted by large shops, hotels and restaurants in Chile. However, they may not be accepted by smaller vendors such as small family restaurants, market stalls or in remote towns and rural areas. Make sure you carry enough cash for purchases, since credit cards aren't always an option everywhere in Chile.
ATMs are found widely throughout Chile, so withdrawing cash shouldn't be problematic in most areas. Some smaller villages and rural areas may not have ATM access, so prepare for this before venturing too far from a city or major town.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Chile go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/chile/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.