In Santiago, you are never short of things to do and places to see, however sometimes the crowds can begin to feel overwhelming. If you’re looking to get away from the hoards, check out these suggestions to discover some lesser-known hidden treasures.
Looking to do Chile on the cheap? No worries, we’ve got you covered! Have a read of this to find out how long you can make your pesos last!
After all the frenetic preparations for the wedding and the incredible day itself, it’s time to start your adventure together with an adventure! Check out these beauty spots to see why you should choose Chile for a honeymoon you’ll be able to tell the grandkids about.
San Pedro de Atacama:
Famed for its spectacular sunsets, a sky filled with a million stars and jaw-dropping views, San Pedro de Atacama has recently been voted one of the twenty most romantic places on Earth. Watching the sunset with a glass of Chilean red, as the sky takes on a glorious plethora of deep reds and pale oranges, with nobody around for miles, you will truly feel as you’re in your own romantic paradise. To feel as if it’s just you and the stars, try out stargazing in the very heart of the desert with this excellent tour.
Before making the hop over to Chile, here are some useful tips that could come in handy when planning your trip!
Before you come:
Packing your bags: There is no wrong time to come to Chile. Though the winters, running from June to August, can be rather nippy, the opportunity to explore the snowy caps of Los Andes more than compensates for the cold weather! Chile has an unparalleled variety of stunning landscapes, spanning from The Atacama Desert in the north to Patagonia in the south, which present a plethora of weather conditions. Make sure to bring warm layers for the cool desert nights and mountain hikes. However don’t forget to bring shorts and sun tan cream, as the summer temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius and beyond!
Aussies have been travelling to Chile for a long time for business and pleasure. However, if its your first go at visiting Latin America, here are a few things to note.
Australians are able to enter Chile with a valid passport. Australian citizens arriving to Chile at Santiago International Airport are required to pay a reciprocity fee of $117 usd. You will receive a 90 day tourist card. Maintain proof that you have paid this fee. Santiago International is the usual point of arrival. Your flight will be a long haul, as most places are from Australia. Be prepared for a sixteen hour journey if there are no delays. The flight may also “cost big bikkies” depending on the season you choose to travel, with a round trip ticket costing an average of $2,000. Planning ahead and going in the hotter seasons might evade a little of the cost.
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.
These Latin American countries share more than a love for FIFA. Both home to well renown writers, optimistic personalities, and large, varying landscapes. There are more than a few reasons these not so near neighbors need to meet. Before you can trade the rice and beans for corn and potatoes or cachaca for cabernet- here are few things to get you ready for your Chilean excursion. Continue reading
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.