People coming from countries in South America, United States, the European Union, Canada, and Australia do not need a visa to visit Chile. 


The good news is that you can add to these regions, other countries like Japan, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and South Africa that do not require a visa to enter Chile. However, it’s always important to check with the consulate of your country before traveling, especially these days that the COVID-19 pandemic is still affecting the way we travel.

All people coming from the destinations mentioned above will be granted a 90-day tourist permission to travel the country, except Greek citizens that will be allowed to tourist Chile just for 60 days. 

However, if you want to visit Chile from the Arabian Emirates, or Morrocco, or Ukraine you will need a visa to enter the country. It’s strongly recommended to apply at least 20 days before your trip, or as soon as you have your flight dates (the visa can take a while…it’s better to be prepared!).

 

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The best recommendation when talking about visas

It’s always strongly recommended to read the up-to-date information to find out if you really need a visa to go to Chile or not. You can find some on the website of VisaHQ, the official website of the Ministry of Tourism of Chile, or by finding out where is your nearest local consulate. To find this information you have to google “nearest consulate in…” and you’ll probably get to the website of the official website of the Ministery of Foreign Affairs of your country. In Argentina, this is how the website looks like.


Other requirements to travel to Chile

Now that you know that you do not need a visa to enter Chile, in some cases, you may be asked to pay a reciprocity tax depending on your original destination, and always to have a valid passport.

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Other requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic

Unfortunately, if you need or not a visa to travel to Chile is not the only concern these days. Like many other nations, Chile has been working on an especial sanitary protocol for travelers wanting to visit the country this summer. Some of them include, for travelers of all nations:

Fort the latest update on this regard, you can check our article What are the travel restrictions to Chile?.  

Santiago de Chile, due to its geographical location, stands out for its parks and squares. It is not like any other city. In Santiago you can practice sports, climb hills and enjoy life outdoors in the middle of the city. 


Santiago de Chile may seem like any other big city, full of skyscrapers, traffic and busy streets. But when you explore a bit, you can see that it is a place full of small and big green spaces that adorn the city. The parks are one of the most iconic things that catch the attention of tourists when they visit the city.

Below you will find a list of the best parks in Santiago to enjoy on any Saturday or Sunday walking, alone or with friends, and taking advantage of the afternoon.

Santiago de Chile by day


Parque Metropolitano de Santiago

This park is the largest green lung in the city, it includes Cerro San Cristóbal, Chacarillas and Los Gemelos. It is an ideal park for all types of public, you can climb Cerro San Cristóbal in many ways: on foot (1 hour up from Pio Nono to La Virgen at a normal pace), by funicular or by vehicle. 

Among the attractions of the park there are trails, viewpoints, the National Zoo, swimming pools, cultural venues or event centers. From the summit and from the Sanctuary of the Immaculate Conception (the Virgin Mary) you can have the best view of the city! On the other hand, if you are a tourist you must go up or down by funicular, it is a fascinating experience. Right now, the round-trip funicular ride costs $ 2,000 (between 3 – 4 USD).


Cerro Santalucía

This beautiful hill is also located in the center of the city, it is ideal for a short walk with your partner or family. At certain times it is common to see groups of children who come for a walk thanks to their schools. 

This urban walk is inspired by French landscaping, it has terraces, paths and squares. Climbing this hill is free, you just have to register your name with the municipal guards and follow the rules. There is not much service infrastructure, therefore it is an ideal place to relax, have shade and rest. At the top there is a beautiful viewpoint with binoculars.


Parque Forestal

This park is also located in the center of Santiago, on the banks of the Mapocho River. It was designed by Jorge Dubois at the beginning of the 20th century, within a plan to beautify the city. It is an ideal place to walk, be in the shade and visit it as a couple or with the family. 

There are many benches to sit on, during the weekends it is common to see families living in the neighborhoods playing with their children. Inside we can highlight the National Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Contemporary Art, also at the west end is the Mapocho Station Cultural Center.

Santiago de Chile in the night


Quinta Normal

Further from the nerve center of the city, we find a jewel of a park: the Quinta Normal. This huge space is full of green areas, flowers, trails to walk and includes children’s games in its western part (towards the coast). 

The place is also known for housing several museums inside (National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of Science and Technology and Children’s Museum) and outside (Museum of Memory and Human Rights, Museum of Contemporary Art and Artequin Museum). In summer, one of its attractions is the lagoon that has pedal boats for couples.


Parque Bicentenario

This park was built by the Municipality of Vitacura, inaugurated in stages (one in 2007 and another in 2011), on one side of the Mapocho River between the Pérez Zujkovic Rotunda and Isabel Montt Street. The central part of the park is the Civic Center of Vitacura where the Municipality is located. 

The place has a special space for families with pets, a kind of mini zoo with species such as black-necked swans and flamingos. The Garden of the Blind, designed for the blind population to enjoy, restaurants and some sculptures, among them The Search that emerges as an icon of the park, stands out. This area also has a lagoon where you can photograph wonderful skylines of the city.


Parque Araucano

This huge park could not be missing in this review because it has everything, in addition to many green areas and shady trees, the Araucano Park has children’s play areas divided by age, picnic area, sports area (public multi-courts, skate ramps). One of its magical corners is the rose garden where you can abstract from the hustle and bustle and forget about the city bustle by sitting on a bench (alone or as a couple as in our photo).

Near the rose garden there is an aviary and in the middle of the park there are two important commercial attractions: Kidzania, which is a didactic entertainment park for children. 


Parque Bustamante

This park has beautiful green areas ideal for walking, lots of shade and benches to sit on, it has a Literary Café with a very beautiful pool, a skatepark and an esplanade where many events tend to be held. In its surroundings is Viña del Mar street, which is a National Monument (Typical Zone) and the Italia neighborhood.


Parque Balmaceda

In Providencia, we can highlight the Balmaceda Park and the Plaza de la Aviación (it is a small continuation of this park). Balmaceda stretches from Plaza Italia (Metro Baquedano) to Salvador (Metro Salvador), between the Mapocho river waterfront and Providencia Avenue. It has many green areas, it is frequented by tourists, couples and young people (there are many schools in the vicinity). 

Inside the park is the Balmaceda Literary Café and the Tajamares Museum (currently undergoing renovation), there are also some pedestrian bridges to cross the river that are very striking at night because of their lights. In the Plaza de la Aviación, meanwhile, there is a Monument to Chilean Aviation and there is the Bicentennial Fountain that turns on its lights at night giving a beautiful show.


Parque O’Higgins

The entrance to this green area, inaugurated in 1873, is from Tuesday to Friday, between 9 AM and 5 PM, and with a simultaneous capacity of 700 people, who may only be in the place for two hours.

Likewise, those who visit will have to wear their masks and take their temperature at the entrance on Rondizzoni street (the other entrances will be kept closed). It is essential to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters from other people, and not to enter with food or use the drinkers.

Once inside, you can only travel 20% of the 80 hectares of this park in Santiago Centro. This, because they will keep various sectors disabled, including exercise areas and children’s games.


Parque Mahuida

Between 8 AM and 8 PM, you can go for a walk along the beautiful trails of this 170-hectare green lung that is in the foothills of Santiago. Of course, all those who go will have to do so with masks (capacity of 2000 people).

To ensure care, in the reserve they installed sanitizing tunnels, sinks on trails, jogging, trekking and cycling areas. In addition, they drew more than 20 circles of five meters in diameter in green areas to protect the physical distance, which has to be two meters apart for trekking, 10 m. for jogging and 20 for bicycles.

Patagonia is a vast region, so it’s tough to explore it without a local guide. Each destination is separate by kilometers and kilometers, and…. So, in order to maximize your time here, an organized schedule is essential. Especially if you want to go hiking, there’re so many places to recommend that you can not miss!


Patagonia 9-day hike trip

For those who want to spend 2 weeks of trekking in Patagonia, we have designed a travel itinerary that combines the classic destinations in Argentina but also in Chile. Your hiking trip won’t be completed without a visit to Chilean Patagonia… that’s for sure.

Hiking over the Perito Moreno Glacier
Hiking to a waterfall in Torres del Paine


13-day Patagonia hiking trip: What else can you see in Patagonia?

Our 9-day trip is a good option for the first visit to Patagonia, but if you want to go trekking really far into the southern lands, our 13-day trip will take you to discover all the already mentioned destination, plus, the mythical Ushuaia in the province of Tierra del Fuego, best known as “the end of the world”.

Day tour to Haberton penguin rookery

Patagonia is spread between Chile and Argentina and both countries have currently different travel restrictions to enter the territory, so let’s talk about the travel warnings especially designed to visit Patagonia.



The situation in Chile and Argentina right now

While Chile has reopened its borders, Argentina has recently closed them to foreign travelers. That includes the region of Patagonia which is only available to visit for internal tourism. 

However, foreign travelers are already welcome to the Chilean part of Patagonia, which included among many other natural attractions, the world-famous Torres del Paine.

Some of the current requirement established by the Chilean government upon arrival are:

Some useful tips to travel not only to Patagonia what anywhere right now: 

Now, once you get to access Chile we can focus on the Patagonia travel warnings that you should take into account to avoid any complications during your trip.

Visit to Tierra del Fuego National Park, Bahía Lapataia


Chilean Patagonia travel warnings

If you are planning to visit Torres del Paine you will probably stay a night in Puerto Natales, the nearest city to the National Park. While in regular times you can stay in Puerto Natales whenever you want, now you can only overnight during the week.

In order to access the park and to avoid unnecessary crowds, you can now buy the tickets in advance. Also, you have to check-in before entering, otherwise, you won’t be allowed to visit the park. You can use the ticket entrance (a QR code) up to 15 days before and after the declared date to visit the national park.


Other warnings to visit Patagonia in Argentina and Chile

Visit Patagonia will require you to follow the same sanity protocols established everywhere in the world. That’s to say:


Not a warning but a piece of good news about visiting Patagonia

It’s important for you to know that Patagonia itself has been declared a Safe Destination for the World Travel and Tourism Council. Why? Because:

To know more about the Safe Travel Stamps and the countries that applied you can follow this link

Kayak trip in Lago Llanquihue, Chile

If you’re interested in renting a car in Chile and it’s requirements, don’t miss this article. We’ll tell you everything you need to know so that you can make a decision or a reservation with all the updated information. 



Last updated: 12/01/2021

One of the most important decisions when traveling is to choose the transportation in the arrival destination. There are those who prefer to use public transport or those who prefer to order taxis to go from one place to another. This article is for those who prefer to rent a car, and specifically, for those who prefer to rent a car in Chile.

Renting a car in Chile carries 3 general requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum age; 
  2. Present a valid driver’s license and identity document; and
  3. Present a credit card in the name of the tenant.

You can’t rent a car in Chile if…

  1. You are under 22 years old (in some companies) and 24 years old (in other companies).
  2. You don’t have a credit card.
  3. You have credit cards, but you do not have the sufficient quota required by these companies, which is between USD450 and USD600.

However, there are more requirements for you to rent a car in Chile that you must take into account. Keep reading and then we are going to tell you everything you need to know.

A street with cars in Chile.


Renting a car in Chile: Requirements


The choice of the vehicle

Along with the number of passengers and the comfort levels that each person requires, the choice of a vehicle will depend on the travel destination:

For those who only want to visit tourist centers, a small or medium car will suffice.

Those who seek to visit national parks in the mountain range or have remote places as their destination (such as the Carretera Austral), should, if possible, choose an all-terrain vehicle with simple traction (Pickup 4×2) that is high enough, since in many cases the access routes to such places are gravel roads and full of holes.

For expeditions in uninhabited regions and away from regularly traveled roads (for example, access routes to starting points for mountain ascents) and in high altitude areas, a four-wheel drive vehicle (Pickup or Jeep 4×4) is recommended. This type of vehicle is notoriously more expensive than the 4×2.

For long trips on rough roads, the general recommendation is to choose a pickup truck rather than a jeep. The trucks are more stable, firmer, and easier to drive than a jeep. This choice does not imply giving up comfort. The best truck models have spacious cabins (4 doors), seats, and air conditioning. With a dome or a tarp (both with additional payment and not available in all operators), you can protect your luggage from the rain and avoid a bit of dust. If necessary, have the car equipped with a second spare wheel and a spare fuel can – both can be very useful on long trips in regions far from inhabited centers.

Guanaco in the Chilean roads.


Requirements company by company

Hertz

According to what is reported on its website, the requirements that the company demands in order to rent a car are:

Econorent

With regard to the Econorent company, it is reported that its website that the requirements to rent a car in our country are:

Europcar

Finally, we have Europcar, a company which informs on its website that the requirements to rent a car in Chile are:

Prices

Prices may vary depending on the time of year, the company that is chosen and the demand that there is. In general, these prices are:

Currently it is possible to get good deals due to Covid-19. It’s best to check the current prices on the car rental companies’ websites directly.

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If you are wondering what are the travel restrictions to Chile, this article is going to help you a lot. Keep reading below and find out everything you need to know to plan your trip to Chile during the pandemic.


Last updated: 04/01/2021


The three newest restrictions are:

  1. From 22 December, non-resident foreign nationals that have been in the United Kingdom during the last 14 days will not be allowed entry to Chile. 
  1. From 31 December, all other travellers including Chileans, resident, and non-resident foreign nationals have to complete a mandatory 10-day quarantine on arrival in Chile, in addition to other requirements. 
  1. After seven days of mandatory quarantine, those travelers may take a PCR test, remaining in quarantine while awaiting the result. If the result is negative, quarantine may be lifted. 


What are the travel restrictions to Chile? This is what you need to know

Chile’s travel restrictions are quite a few, but nothing too complicated to worry about. As many other nations, which have opened their borders to tourism, Chile, asks for some requirements that those who visit the country must meet.

Read carefully:

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Travelling around the country

Moving across Chile, travelers will have to navigate national and local curfews, wear face coverings in all urban areas, and accept that Chile’s travel restrictions may change rapidly and disrupt their travel plans. 

They’ll have to considerer this travel restrictions:

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Can Americans travel to Chile?

The answer is yes. But as all travelers, they will have to present the three mandatory documents when boarding:

Also, American citizens should exercise caution by maintaining social distancing practices, following quarantine and sanitary procedures as directed by the Chilean government (including curfew), and following all sanitary and hygiene guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to mitigate health risks.


Do I need a visa to visit Chile?

When it comes to tourism purposes, nationals of certain countries can travel to Chile visa-free, provided that they will stay for less than 90 days. The visa-exempt nationals can travel to Chile with their passport and obtain a Tourist Card (Tarjeta de Turismo) from the immigration authorities upon the border crossing. Learn about countries requiring visa to visit Chile here.

Technically, foreign tourists who meet health requirements can enter Chile. But, the main question “are the Torres del Paine open?” it’s a little bit more complicated than that. We’ll tell you everything you need to know to plan your trip to Torres del Paine in this article.


Last updated: 04/01/2021

Torres del Paine it’s a beautiful place to visit, but since March Chile’s borders have been closed to tourism due to Covid-19 and its pandemic.


When will Torres del Paine open?

If you are wondering “are the Torres del Paine open?”, the answer is yes. On November 26, after eight months of waiting, the opening of Torres del Paine was confirmed. At the moment, all the trails are open to travel the famous W Circuit and people who come from phase 3 or higher will be able to visit Torres del Paine National Park.

Hike in Torres del Paine


This opening will be gradual and respecting all sanitary measures. In this first stage the following will be possible:

During the pandemic, only eleven people visited the park on a daily basis. During December 2020, there have been 359 people visiting Torres del Paine. Last year, in a single day only at the base of the Towers, 1,200 or 1,300 people entered.

While this information may seem daunting, the reality is that it is a great time to visit Torres del Paine if the government requirements are met. Fewer tourists, fewer people hanging around, less chance of getting Covid-19. For this reason, we will tell you about the restrictions for traveling to Chile and, if you meet the requirements, we encourage you to visit Torres del Paine.


Chile travel restrictions: Travelling around the country

Moving across Chile, including Torres del Paine, travelers will have to navigate national and local curfews, wear face coverings in all urban areas, and accept that Chile’s travel restrictions may change rapidly and disrupt their travel plans. 

They’ll have to considerer this travel restrictions:

The towers in Torres del Paine


Can Americans travel to Torres del Paine?

Can Americans travel to Torres del Paine?”, it’s another question that maybe you are asking. The answer is yes. But as all travelers, they will have to present the three mandatory documents when boarding:

Also, American citizens should exercise caution by maintaining social distancing practices, following quarantine and sanitary procedures as directed by the Chilean government (including curfew), and following all sanitary and hygiene guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to mitigate health risks.


Recommendations for travelling to Torres del Paine 

Beyond Chile’s travel restrictions, there are some general recommendations to keep in mind to enjoy your trip to Torres del Paine in the safest way possible.

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