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.
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.
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.
The Andes, Easter Island, volcanoes, seafood, culture, and color- you have so much to look forward to on your travels to Chile. If you are coming from the U.S. there are a few things to know and be prepped for to make the journey smooth so that you can begin your Latin American experience. Here are a few things to you can expect while making your way south.
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, 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.
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.
Bolivia borders Chile in the North-Eastern region. Beyond a border, these two countries share beautiful landscapes and the natural design that beckons exploration. Coming from a smaller, land-locked country like Bolivia to the world’s longest coastline, it may be hard to know where to begin. This blog covers common routes taken to cross the border, what to expect to get into Chile, and some differences and similarities of these Latin American neighbors. Continue reading
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.
Routes to take.
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
Las Condes- the Manhattan of Santiago and home to Chile’s “economic elite” is an exceptional neighborhood to book your Airbnb stay while visiting Santiago. Though most of the population is dressed in business casual, this is also a great spot for families and traveling couples. Las Condes has the most amount of craft shops, great arcades and cinemas, and if you want to be extra touristy Sky Costanera is the highest observatory in South America. Continue reading
Staying in the Vitacura neighborhood of Santiago, Chile is sure to be a luxurious time well $pent. There is a lot of money in Vitacura as its the shopping center of Santiago. Louis Vuitton, Armani, and Brooks Brothers are all household names. Your Airbnb stay will allow you live a life of luxury even if only temporarily- not to mention a pretty decent exchange rate from USD to Chilean Peso.