In Mexico, if you mention Chile it is probably you handing a famous ingredient to your abuela as she whips up some pozole. Now, it is the name of your next travel destination. Here are a few things to know, where to stay, and what to expect when travelling from Mexico to Chile.
South of the border.
Citizens of Mexico only need a national ID card and a $23 (usd) entrance fee upon arrival in Chile. No visa required which means one less thing to worry about before you head south. Flying is your best bet (it’s about an 8.5 hour flight depending on the Chilean destination). Driving can be quite long and challenging. Should you dare to brave the trip, you will need to take a few pit stops. Or, you could join a caravan or carpool of fellow travelers coming from Mexico. Chile has a large community of Mexican expats and commuters you can discover more about HERE. Before you blow your vacation money on hotel stays, check out Airbnb. Hosts are located all over South America (and North America in case you don’t make it out of Mexico before your first nap). For everything you need to know about packing for your trip to Chile, check out my blog HERE. Most notably, bring sunscreen- Chilean sun rays are no joke, and pack comfortable and versatile clothing.
Once all the stress of packing and finding good accommodation is over and done with, it’s time to relax and start enjoying yourself in this incredible country. Check out this excellent varied selection of activities here to give yourself an idea of what you’d like to get up to in Chile
Historical origins are common between Mexicans and Chileans as a result of the Spanish Empire. Luckily, these beautiful yet diverse lands share a language. Keep in mind there are slight differences in accent and some words have double meanings. “Chucho” for example, is used to describe a skillful person according to Mexicans. In Chile, this is the word for jail or prisoner. Try not offend anyone, though I’m sure Chilean locals are bound to just laugh it off. Easy going and joyful are cultural similarities between these ancestral cousins.
Eat, Drink, and be Contento!
Mexicans and Chileans have great pride in their cuisine and for rightful reason. If there is one thing abuela has taught us, it’s that there is no food like home cooked food. Many hotels and hostels don’t consider cooking a part of a traveler’s experience in Chile. Airbnb hosts have considered this, and provided a home for you well equipped for the home cook. This romantic location for two is a perfect spot for you and your someone special to spark the fire over a candlelit meal and Chilean Chardonnay you picked up from your wine tour. A party of one can be twice as nice with this stunning view from your loft on the coast.
Now that you’ve begun your trek south and you have a place to stay- to 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.