NORTH OF CHILE
SNOW IN CHILE
REGIÓN DE LOS LAGOS
Location and Geography:
Chile is the longest and narrowest country on the globe. With more than 4 thousand kilometers long and with an average width of 177 km. The country is located south - east of South America and borders Peru and Bolivia to the north and Argentina to the east.
In the northern zone the “Altiplano” and deserts predominate, where you can find the Atacama Desert, the most arid in the world.
In the downtown area the two mountain ranges presents our geography. The “Andes” mountain range and the “Cordillera de la Costa”, giving rise to valleys, rivers and fields.
The South Zone is marked by large lakes, snow-capped volcanoes and green forests, called "Valdivian Forest." It is the only temperate rain forest in South America.
Patagonia has a territory with hundreds of islands and a continental area cut by fjords, channels and large glaciers. The region has important continental passages such as the Strait of Magellan, the Beagle Channel and the Drake Passage.
Spanish is the official language and is spoken by the entire population. But there are also indigenous communities that use their own languages or dialects such as “Mapudungun”, “Aymara” and “Rapanui”.
The currency unit of Chile is the Chilean Peso (CLP). The biggest ticket is 20 thousand. If you want to pay something in cash, it is recommended to use low value tickets, because if you buy with a ticket of 20 thousand almost complicates each business / supermarket.
Even small businesses accept payments with credit cards. But we recommend always walking with a certain amount of cash. For example, tolls (2 - 3 thousand approx each toll) on the highway of Chile can be paid only with cash.
Chile has a climatic diversity throughout its territory, determined by the length of the country. The climatic diversity is observed by the frequency of the rains, which become noticeably more intense as it moves towards the south. The rainy season also varies according to the regions. In summer it rains in the “Altiplano” (December - March), in winter (May - August) from the central zone to Patagonia.
Documents to enter:
As a requirement to enter the country, it is essential to travel with an updated passport.
For citizens of those countries that don´t have diplomatic relations with Chile, they must apply for a tourist visa and prior authorization from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to enter Chile.
Upon arrival in Chile, the International Police (PDI) will handover the travelers a tourism visa , a personal document valid for 90 days. This document must be delivered in migrations when leaving Chile.