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Why visit? Whether it’s delving into the rich cultural heritage of Santiago, exploring Patagonia by horseback, trekking Atacama Desert, or wining and dining in Valparaiso, the options to explore on a Chile tour are endless. 

 

Most travellers start their tour in Santiago, the country’s capital. More European in feel than most Latin American cities, Santiago is a vibrant metropolis that is flanked on each side by the Andes and enjoys one of the most beautiful locations of any cities in the world.

 

From Santiago, you can continue your Chile tour to Calama in the country’s north and explore the driest hot desert in the world, Atacama Desert. Trekking Atacama will allow you to see the famous Atacama Salt Flats, visit Indigenous cultures or witness the incredible views over the moonlike landscape of Valley of the Moon.

 

In Chile’s south, Patagonia is a place full of natural beauty with its spectacular volcanoes, ancient forests and glittering lakes and fjords set against spectacular mountain ranges.

 

While Torres del Paine National Park has established itself as a Patagonia icon, there are many other hot spots from which you can get different perspectives of Patagonian countryside.

 

More information: Below we have shown you just a fraction of the options available for Chile and multi-country travel. Browse to get an idea of where you want to travel.

 

Still wondering? Contact us: You are definitely better off giving us a call or dropping us a line and letting us do the hard work for you. 

 

#Livefortoday and book your Chile tour with us today. Chimu Adventures can put together an itinerary to suit you.

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Why visit? Whether it’s delving into the rich cultural heritage of Santiago, exploring Patagonia by horseback, trekking Atacama Desert, or wining and dining in Valparaiso, the options to explore on a Chile tour are endless. 

 

Most travellers start their tour in Santiago, the country’s capital. More European in feel than most Latin American cities, Santiago is a vibrant metropolis that is flanked on each side by the Andes and enjoys one of the most beautiful locations of any cities in the world.

 

From Santiago, you can continue your Chile tour to Calama in the country’s north and explore the driest hot desert in the world, Atacama Desert. Trekking Atacama will allow you to see the famous Atacama Salt Flats, visit Indigenous cultures or witness the incredible views over the moonlike landscape of Valley of the Moon.

 

In Chile’s south, Patagonia is a place full of natural beauty with its spectacular volcanoes, ancient forests and glittering lakes and fjords set against spectacular mountain ranges.

 

While Torres del Paine National Park has established itself as a Patagonia icon, there are many other hot spots from which you can get different perspectives of Patagonian countryside.

 

More information: Below we have shown you just a fraction of the options available for Chile and multi-country travel. Browse to get an idea of where you want to travel.

 

Still wondering? Contact us: You are definitely better off giving us a call or dropping us a line and letting us do the hard work for you. 

 

#Livefortoday and book your Chile tour with us today. Chimu Adventures can put together an itinerary to suit you.

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WHY TRAVEL WITH CHIMU ADVENTURES

  • We offer you flexible travel options in Latin America at an affordable price.
  • You can choose from over 400 suggested itineraries or pick and choose elements to build your own unique experience; cover the areas you want to explore at a pace to suit you.
  • We know each Latin American country by heart and will work with you to determine which activities and accommodations are best suited to your needs.
  • From your initial enquiry until your trip ends, you will be assigned a personal Destination Specialist who will offer a full service for your travel needs: we can book flights, insurance and any ancillary travel required to complete your journey.
  • We have offices across South America so you can be assured that ground staff are close at hand to assist whilst you are travelling.

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BLOGS ON Chile

Whether you are looking for advice on visas and vaccinations,when to travel, best markets or beaches to visit, wildlife guides or the top restaurants in a city, Chimu blogs are likely to have it covered. The range of topics is vast, with new and fascinating blogs being added regularly. There are airport guides, Galapagos Island guides, what to pack and what not to pack, and even a blog on the most romantic locations to propose in Latin America!

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Chile REVIEWS

All Chimu Adventures' clients are given the opportunity to review their trip once they return home. These reviews are administered by a third party and as such are unfiltered by Chimu Adventures.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easter Island Was really not looking forward to going to Easter Island but it is one of those places you must visit. So glad I went though. Was one of the highlights of my trip so far. Awesome island in the middle of no where with friendly people and enough things to do to keep you occupied for a few days. The tour through Chimu Adventures was great and well organised. You pretty much cover the major hotspots of the island in 2 days. Would definitely recommend to anyone keen on going to Easter Island for a short amount of time.
Date published: 2016-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chile - highly recommended We loved Puerto Varas, the pretty little town sitting on the banks of the lake and surrounded by active snow capped volcanos. Also enjoyed visiting Chiloe Island which was a good chance to see a place relatively untouched by the brush of tourism. We also loved Valparaiso. Fabulous town with multi coloured colonial buildings sitting precariously on steep cliffs overlooking a picturesque bay. Street art everywhere. Such a relaxed atmosphere. Plenty of choice of places to eat, great wine and pisco sours. Our guides for all tours were friendly, knowledgeable and really nice people. The connections were seamless. Hotels were all good, we particularly enjoyed the quirky ones.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hotel Galerias stopover We spent two nights in Santiago on the way to Peru, and enjoyed it very much. The hotel was comfortable and clean, and the tours we went on to Valparaiso and Vina del mare were very good. Good place to break the long haul flight.. not a patch on Peru though.
Date published: 2014-08-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Atacama Dreaming August 2015 The town of San Pedro de Atacama is a major disappointment - eternally dusty with more stray dogs (and dog poo) per square metre than people in some places. The nearby town of Taconao has paved streets with local volcanic stones and makes for a much more pleasant environment than San Pedro. While the Casa de Don Tomas is rated as three stars, it really is only a two star establishment by Australian standards. Outside of San Pedro, the landscapes are amazing and the guides at CTS (an affiliate of Chimu) were quite knowledgeable. We stayed for four nights, which was probably one night too many at our chosen hotel. We would recommend that anyone contemplating this tour choose a different hotel to Casa de Don Tomas. Overall, this tour could not be recommended based on value for money.
Date published: 2015-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lakes District I was based in Puerto Varas with three daily tours to Frutillar, Puerto Montt, Chiloe, Petrohue and Osorno Volcano. The CTS Turismo guides were fantastic and the scenery amazing. Osorno Volcano was my personal favourite
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Santiago Fell I love with Santiago. Had a great guide Fernandinho with terrific knowledge of his City
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking Torres del Paine Completing this after an Antarctic cruise, I thought I would be let down. I wasn't!
Date published: 2014-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chile, Chile, Chile We enjoyed our brief 5 day stay in Chile. Santiago probably isn't the greatest city in the world but the hotel was great (Luciano k) and we enjoyed the city tour. We then spent 3 nights in Torres del Paine staying at Tierra hotel. Incredible, I wish we stayed 5 nights! Incredible guides, good food and we had the most spectacular weather. Big thumbs up.
Date published: 2017-03-22
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The unit of currency in Chile is the Chilean Peso (CLP).

Please check websites such as www.oanda.com or www.xe.com for up to date exchange rates prior to your departure.

Spanish is the official language of Chile with over 85% of the population speaking Spanish as their first language. The Spanish spoken in Chile differs from that in neighbouring countries due to it being distinctively accented with the use of local slang. Several indigenous languages are spoken in Chile including Mapudungun, Quechua, Aymara, Huilliche and Rapa Nui.

The official religion of Chile is Roman Catholicism, and the majority of Chileans are Catholic, with an estimated 55-60% of Chileans belonging to the Catholic Church. There are also Protestants in Chile, and some Mapuche Indians who still practice their traditional religion.

The level of fitness needed will depend on the Chile tour that you choose to take in terms of places to be visited and the types of activities to be included on your itinerary. Chile offers great opportunities for outdoor activities set against spectacular backdrops. They range from hiking ad trekking to climbing, skiing, white-water rafting, kayaking and fishing. Many of the best treks are to be found in the Lake District and National Parks such as the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park where the trails range from easy to difficult, with treks ranging from a few hours to many days.

Most South American countries have now recognized that tourism plays an important part in their economies and governments have taken great steps to change South America’s poor security image. Violent crime is rare in Chile but there are the usual risks of pickpocketing in crowded areas and bag theft. 

 

To minimise security risks we recommend the following: 

  • do not show any outward signs of wealth or wear expensive jewellery
  • keep your valuables in your hotel in safety deposit boxes
  • keep any valuables that you must carry with you hidden, as pickpockets can be present in crowded areas and around tourist areas
  • use only registered taxis with official identification
  • avoid going on your own to remote areas or where tourists would not be expected to go
  • always keep your day pack and camera close to you and never leave them unattended

A pre-arranged visa is not required to enter Chile for citizens of the following countries:

 

  • Australia
  • United Kingdom
  • The United States
  • Ireland
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • European Union
  • South Africa

 

For other nationalities please visit the website of the relevant consulate.

 

Please note that Australian citizens must pay a "reciprocity fee" to enter Chile. This is not a visa, since a visa is not required for visitors from these countries. It is a fee based upon the fees that Chilean citizens pay for visas to Australia. The fee is subject to change but can be paid on arrival in US$ cash or by credit card.

You could spend anything from a few days to a few weeks on your Chile travels, depending on whether you plan to explore the entire country or just focus on one experience such as Torres del Paine National Park, the Lake District or a wine tour. Chimu Adventures offers itineraries to suit every time frame.

Our Chile tours include breakfast daily and many other meals may also be included in your itinerary. As a rough guide for additional spending money based on having moderately-priced lunches and dinners and buying a few souvenirs at local markets, we suggest a budget of 30-40 USD per day per person. 

Although no specific vaccinations are required for Chile travel and no proof of any vaccination is required to enter the country, we recommend that you visit your doctor or a traveller’s medical centre for current information specific to those places that you will be travelling through.

 

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is not required for mainland Chile but it is required if you are travelling to Easter Island from yellow fever infected areas in Africa or the Americas. Measles occurs worldwide and is common in developing countries. As a general guide we recommend the following:

 

  • Yellow Fever - if travelling to Easter Island from an infected area
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis - Both A and B (twinrix)
  • Typhoid
  • Diphtheria
  • Cholera
  • Rabies
  • Tetanus

In Chile the standard voltage is 220V and standard frequency is 50Hz. Power sockets are of types C and L.

 

Please visit the below link for more information: http://electricaloutlet.org/

What you need to pack will depend on when and where you plan on travelling and on the activities that you plan to include whilst on your Chile tour.

 

The following should act as a useful checklist of essential items:

  • Passport, photocopy of passport & spare passport photos
  • Travel Insurance documents  
  • Air tickets and itinerary
  • Foreign Currency (US$) and/or debit/credit cards, traveller’s cheques
  • Money belt 
  • Small daypack
  • Basic first aid kit 
  • High UVA sun block 
  • Sunglasses & sunhat
  • Mosquito spray & insect repellent
  • Comfortable walking shoes/boots
  • Sandals 
  • Long sleeve tops and trousers 
  • Light-weight clothing
  • Warm clothing (depending on itinerary and time of year)
  • Camera with spare battery and memory cards
  • Security code padlock
  • Adaptor 
  • Small torch

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