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Facts CHILE:

 

Capital - Santiago

 

Currency - Chilean Peso (CLP)

 

Official Language - Spanish. English is common in main hotels and tourist areas, otherwise limited throughout the country.

 

Religion - predominantly Roman Catholic 80%, Protestant 15%, Jewish 2% & other 3%.

 

Electricity - Electricity runs at 220 volts for a cylindrical-two prong plug. Australian plugs require an adaptor. Converters or adaptors can be purchased beforehand or upon arrival. Most hotels supply adapters, but check if you need a converter (for voltage change) as well.

 

Business Hours - Business hours in Chile are roughly the same as the U.S.

Most offices open between 8:30AM - 9:00AM and continue until usually 6:00PM or later.

 

Shopping Hours vary but are mostly from 10:00AM to 8:00PM.

Banks open Monday to Friday from 9:00AM to 2:00PM.

 

Exchange houses open Monday to Friday from 9:00AM to 2:00PM and 3:00PM to 6:00PM.

 

Time Zone

- Chile (except Easter Island):(UTC-4).

 

Daylight savings: (UTC-3)

From the second Saturday in October at 24:00 to the second Saturday in March at 24:00.

 

- Easter Island: (UTC-6).

 

Daylight savings: (UTC-5)

From the second Saturday in October at 22:00 to the second Saturday in March at 22:00.

 

Passports - Please be aware that although American citizens need a valid passport to enter the country, no visa is necessary.

Citizens of many countries must pay a "RECIPROCITY FEE" of varying amounts due when arriving Immigration at Santiago's International Airport.

This fee is equivalent to the amount that country requires for entry visas from Chilean citizens. The fee is only for tourists entering by plane.

 

Emergencies - Chilean Carabineros (National Police) are very trustworthy, call 133 if you need assistance.

If you have a working GSM mobile phone, call to 112. Some municipalities (such as Santiago or Las Condes) have private guards; however they usually don't speak English.

In case of a medical emergency call 131 (don't expect an english-fluent operator).

 

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About CHILE:

 

From the driest desert in the world to the iridescence fjords and glaciers of the Patagonia, to the southernmost tip of the world and gateway to the Antarctica, Chile is a land of all contrasts.

 

Lying in the southwest of the South America continent, this country is cradled between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean stretching for 2,604 miles from North to South.

 

Its Northern highlands "Inca Road" still remains intact.

 

The Atacama Desert is a must visit, along with its own attractions like the Atacama Salt Flats, the Salt Mountain Range and the Valley of the Moon.

 

Also visit the north's coastal beaches, natural hot springs, volcanoes and geysers. Main cities are located on the coast; Arica, Iquique and Antofagasta.

 

Chile's Central area offers a huge variety of attractions ranging from great first-class skiing at the Andes snow-capped mountains to river rafting to exclusive beach resorts, casinos and golf.

 

This part of the country offers the most fertile green valleys where Chile's main exports are conceived; fruits, wines, cattle herding.

 

Santiago, its capital, is a modern city and a focal point for the country, holding more than 6 million inhabitants.

 

Founded by the Spaniards in the 16th century, the city preserves its colonial buildings, museums and Neighborhoods.

 

Vina del Mar and Valparaiso are just a bit over an hour's drive and its beach resorts, nearby  wineries, first-rate shopping and wide range of seafood cuisine allows the visitor to savor the country's best.

 

Tropical and mystic Easter Island with its Polynesian scenery and archaeological treasures together with Robinson Crusoe Island, with its "lost paradise" feel and varied flora and fauna, sit across the Pacific waters and are accessible by air from Santiago.

 

Southern Chile is home to the Mapuches, its largest indigenous group, which still maintain their traditions and it is the country's adventure sports capital, offering activities such as fly- fishing, hiking, walking, and mountain biking and river-rafting.

 

This region's landscapes of lakes, rivers, volcanoes and hot springs offer three thousand year-old forests, abundant animal life and colonists settlements.

 

The area's main cities are: Pucon, Villarica, Frutillar, Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt with this last one being the gateway to the famous Lake Crossing Circuit, a scenic cruise and bus tour across the Andes Mountain range to Bariloche, Argentina.

 

Patagonia stretches out from Puerto Montt where virgin forests and islands end with the fjords and channels off the city of Punta Arenas, contributing to the vast solitude of the great white continent.

 

Torres del Paine National Park can be reached from here when driving through the city of Puerto Natales. These Patagonian shores also embark you through the Magellan Strait, San Rafael, Serrano and Grey glaciers through Tierra del Fuego and the Beagle Channel offering majestic scenery on route to the Antarctica.

 

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