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Chile is located on the west coast of South America and has a population of 17 million people. An extraordinary thing about Chile is that the length of this country stretches from the dry deserts of the north down to the icy glaciers of the south, making Chile a true land of extremes. The capital city is Santiago, and the country is also home to the beautiful Andes mountain ranges. The official language of Chile is Spanish.

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Best time to travel

The weather is as diverse as the landscape with dry and hot conditions in the north to very cold in the south. The central areas, which include Santiago, have a Mediterranean climate with the colder, wetter season from May through to August.

Money and costs

The national currency of Chile is the Chilean Peso (CLP, symbol CH$). Find up-to-date exchange rates and conversion through a currency conversion tool.


Visitors from the USA, Canada, Australia, UK and Europe (except Greece and Romania) do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days. Visitors from the USA, Canada and Australia are required to pay a processing fee payable on arrival and in cash only.

Getting there

Santiago is the central point of entry to Chile.

Dialling codes

To call Chile, the country dialling code is +56.

Useful links

Find more in-depth information on Chile at:

Lonely Planet -​chile

Chile Tourism -

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