Your Latin American expedition has led you from Peru to Chile. Air, land, or horseback-however you decide to get there, here are some things you can expect.
Road to Tacna.
Bussing is often the preferred method, so get your ticket in advance and show up early. Buses vary in price depending on the accommodations you seek. You should be able to find a comfortable, air conditioned ride for your 8-15-hour journey (depending on your starting point). Average price is about $22, if you spend more than $45/bus (there will be at least three) you’re probably getting dooped. All roads will lead to Tacna. Your bus driver will cue when to get off for passport stamping and proceed to the Chilean immigration. No visa is required to enter. You will be issued a 90 day tourist card. If the long bus ride doesn’t suit you, skip it and get a 3-hour flight from Lima to Santiago.
Don’t bring Chorizo.
When entering Chile, complete a tourist card and customs declaration form. When it comes to goods being brought into the country, Chile is very strict. If you have any food (even commercially packaged and candy) or organic items (items made from wood, etc.), you must check the YES box on your customs form. If you do not, and they encounter such items in your luggage (all bags are screened), it could result in a hefty fine. If you mark YES, the most that will happen is possible confiscation of the item(s). In general, canned and commercially processed and packaged foods are OK. Fresh meat, dairy, vegetables, fruits, honey and minimally processed foods, nuts, seeds, uncooked grains, etc. are no-nos. Not heeding this could lead to fines upward of $200.
Once you’ve made it to Chile, it’s time to start enjoying yourself! Check out this excellent and varied selection of activities here to give yourself an idea of what you’d like to get up to in this wonderful country.
Just in case.
Should you not make it to your final Chilean destination, you need a break from travel, or you’re right where you should be, Airbnb will have the hook-up for a place to stay in the meantime. This comfortable 1 bedroom is the closest you’ll find to the border. But keep checking, Airbnb availability is ever increasing. Depending on the season in Chile, it will either be cold and dry or hot and dry. Look ahead, be prepared, and bring moisturizer. For anything else you may need now that you’ve reached Chile check out 25 of the most important things to pack.
Now you know a few things about coming from Peru to Chile. The most important thing to keep in mind is patience. Prepped with some of the do’s and don’ts- you still must be prepared to spend time at border patrol with a positive attitude. Patience will make for an efficient and positive border crossing experience and other challenges you may face. So that you may further enjoy your Latin American adventures, be sure to get TheBesty App for free in the App Store or on Google Play, and have a personal concierge in your pocket for your trip that will answer your questions in a live chat, or help you book tours, activities, and local experiences.