Chile’s Customs, Cultures & Etiquette

Arriving in any country for the first time can come with a little bit of culture shock. It always helps to quickly read up on the customs, cultures and etiquette of the country rather than accidentally finding yourself in a little bit of a pickle. Here is a guide of everything you need to know before you arrive in Chile, to avoid any unnecessary misconceptions or misunderstandings.

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Chile Airbnb: What You Need to Know Coming From Europe

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Vacation season often becomes hunting season for Europeans on the hunt for sunshine, vibrant culture, bright food, and an overall amazing experience to capture on Instagram- often leading to Latin America. Chile being your first and possibly most exciting adventure may have you wondering where to start. Here are few important things to consider as you make your way to Chile.

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You need a valid passport. If it’s been awhile, check your expiration date-wouldn’t want that to creep up on you at immigration. You will not need a visa to enter Chile. Upon arrival during immigration processing you will receive a 30, 60, or 90 day tourist card, often in the form of a passport stamp, with 90 being the most common. This is similar to a “visa upon arrival” concept. I like to also keep a copy or two of my passport on my person. This can be helpful when renting a vehicle or providing a copy for your Airbnb host. Either way-good to have on hand.

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Chile Airbnb: What You Need to Know Coming From Mexico

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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.

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Chile Airbnb: What You Need to Know Coming From Argentina

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Travelling between two of South America’s most visited countries can be an amazing adventure. You’ve already checked what you need to pack for Chile, so your luggage is prepared. Here are some tips for travelling between Argentina and Chile, what to expect along the way, and how to enjoy the similarities and differences of the two countries.

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If you are getting to Chile from Argentina by road-which is recommended to experience the magical landscape of both countries, here are different border locations that are often safer and more efficient. The most common route is the Paso Los Libertadores, a well-maintained road between Mendoza, Argentina and Santiago, Chile. Often people take this popular road via bus, but if you want to enjoy the winding road with your pedal to the metal, all the better. If you do go for a bus ride, buy your tickets well in advance. If you want to tap into your inner Spanish explorer, you may also venture on a ten-day horseback ride via San Martin de los Andes to the Chilean Lake District. If you do not plan to cross in the mountains, southern passageways have no shortage of scenery, but expect a bumpier ride as roads are not as well maintained. Consider Paso Cardenal Antonio Samoré between Bariloche and Osorno or Paso Pino Hachado between Neuquén and Temuco. Should you like to keep it simple and fly, LATAM  airlines currently offers the best prices between Argentina and Chile. Taxis are also an option. Just be sure to set an agreed price before getting in the back seat.  Continue reading

Carolina Bazán: Bringing a Fresh and Seasonal Taste of Chile to the Heart of Santiago

Carolina Bazán grew up with a first-hand taste at diversity as a diplomat’s daughter who grew up in various different countries prior to turning 13. At the young age of 23, she and her mother opened their first restaurant, of which Carolina was put in charge. Thanks to Bazán’s vision, passion, and determination, she made her way to the top, earning her restaurant the 20th spot in the prestigious list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016.

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Carolina Bazán explained in interview that she never had that moment when she knew she wanted to be a chef. After all, she said, studying gastronomy was not popular. Instead, when at 18 years old she had just graduated from high school, a friend of hers whose sister was a cook proposed the chef idea to her.

“After my friend suggested cheffing I thought I may as well try it out, and lo and behold it turned out that I really liked it”

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Rodolfo Guzmán: The Authentic Flavours of Chile in the Modern Day

Voted the best restaurant in Chile by the Imagen de Chile foundation, and ranked fourth in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016. Boragó and its creator Rodolfo Guzmán have struck a chord among those lucky enough to have experienced the unique masterpieces they offer. Now celebrating its 10-year anniversary after opening the restaurant in 2006, Guzmán has been working on revolutionizing the culinary scene of Santiago, and of Chile more broadly, preparing dishes with exclusively Chilean species of fauna and flora that challenge preconceived notions of what one can and cannot – or should and should not – eat.

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Although he is now one of the most renowned chefs in Latin America, Guzmán never knew that he wanted to be a chef when he was younger, rather, it was just something that happened to him. However it was always one of the few things he was great at, in comparison to the more traditional subjects you would learn in school.

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