The currency in Chile is the Chilean peso. There are coins (1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 pesos) and notes (1000, 2000, 5000, 10000 and 20000 pesos). The new 1000, 2000 and 5000 bills are made of a polymer and feel more like plastic than paper to the touch.
The exchange rate fluctuates daily and currently is around Ch$674 to U.S.$1.00 (JUN, 2017). Chile has a very low rate of inflation, less than 3% in 2014. Chile has a stable and efficient banking system. There are a large number of retail banks with branches throughout the country. ATMs are common in large cities and found not only in banks, but in shopping centres, subway stations, gas stations, many stores, particularly pharmacies, supermarkets and departmental stores. Many of these machines permit the use of foreign bank cards. Most ATMs now charge a fee for cash withdrawn with a foreign credit card. It is between 2000 and 2500 pesos per transaction. Currently the Banco del Estado, Scotiabank and it associates do not charge. Money can be exchanged in banks, hotels or in specialist exchange houses. Exchange houses will give the best rate. There is free exchange and money should no more be exchanged on the street than in the USA or Europe.
For travelers in Northern Patagonia, be aware that south of Puerto Montt ATM machines or establishments taking credit cards are less common. If you are traveling outside of Coyhaique on the Carreterra Austral ATM’s are rare and most hotels, hostels and restaurants require cash. There are ATM’s on Easter island and in San Pedro de Atacama, but due to the high demand and their relative isolation, these often run out of cash. In Futaleufu. there is one ATM, which only accepts Mastercard or Cirrus, otherwise bring cash.
Chile is in the southern hemisphere. The climate varies tremendously from north to south. The north has a desert climates with some of the earth’s driest places. It is warm all year round. There is a very large daily range of temperate, up to 30 degrees celsius. Central Chile has a mediterranean type climate with long, hot summers and cool, wet winters. The best seasons are spring, September-November and fall, March-May. The Southern part of Chile has a more rainy climate, particularly in Northern Patagonia, in the far south, around Punta Arenas is drier. The winter temperatures are quite cold, often below 0 celsius in Patagonia and it can be very windy. The summer temperatures are mild in Patagonia and warmer in Southern Continental Chile. Coastal Chile is much cooler than the interior valleys, despite the narrowness of the country, due to the influence of the cold Humboldt current. The ocean is really not suitable for bathing except in northern Chile. The Andes mountains are permanently snow covered and in the winter, June through August, offer excellent skiing. There are well-developed ski resorts in Central and Southern Chile.
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The tap water in Chile’s cities is generally safe but has a high mineral content that can cause stomach upsets; bottled water is a good idea for delicate stomachs and in the north.
Vigorous boiling for one minute is the most effective means of water purification. At altitudes greater than 2000m, boil for three minutes. You can also disinfect water with iodine pills, a water filter or Steripen.
Chile is an easy country to get around, with frequent bus and air connections, but those going off the beaten path will need a car. Drivers are generally courteous and orderly. Toll highways are common.
Air A worthwhile time saver for long distances, with economical regional deals sold in-country.
Bus The best way to get around Chile: frequent, comfortable and reasonably priced, with service to towns throughout the country. Less useful for parks access.
Car Renting your own wheels help to better explore remote regions like Patagonia.
Train Limited. A few lines can be useful for travelers in Central Chile.
It is not a must but it is always nice to leave a little something for good services received. No hard and fast rules though they usually give about 10% additional for food and beverages.
The electricity supply is 220 -240 volts AC, 50Hz. Most of the plugs are flat 2-pin or 3-pin, For the most part, electrical sockets (outlets) are the “Type C” European CEE 7/16 Europlug. Also reported to be in use is the “Type L” Italian CEI 23-16/VII. . Adapters are widely available.
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