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In this page: Accommodation | Eating Out | Getting Around | Time and Time Difference | Climate | Electrical Standards and Measurement Systems | Paying | Speaking | Emergency Numbers | Communications


Eating Out

Rules For Eating Out
Tipping, or propina,  is common in Chile. In restaurants and bars, a tip is usually 10% of the total bill. This is a important part of the employees' wages, which are usually very low.
Food Specialties
Chile has various food specialities such as Cazuela, which is a chicken stew made with rice, corn and potatoes or Empanadas, which are a sort of fritter stuffed with meat, poultry or fish with onions, eggs and olives. Other specialities include alpaca steak (also known as Altiplano), chicha (fermented corn), mutton and fish and seafood on the coast.
The most common drinks in Chile are water, fizzy drinks, fresh fruit juices, mote con huesillo which is made from husked wheat and sun-dried peaches, tea, coffee and maté which is a stimulating infusion of the dried leaves of yerba mate.
Dietary Restrictions
There are no dietary restrictions in the country.
Table Manners
You must use cutlery (knife and fork) when eating. Hands should remain on the table and never in your lap. Licking one's fingers or using a tooth-pick is considered rude.

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Getting Around

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Urban transport services
Santiago Underground
Find an Itinerary
Santiago Underground
Taxi services
Radio Taxis Chile

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Santiago - Benitez Intl (SCL) 18 km / 12 miles USD 23-28 / 30 min USD 3 / 30-40 min. - Available
Concepción - Carriel Sur Intl (CCP) 6 km / 4 miles Available - - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Train reservation services
Empresa de Los Ferrocarriles del Estado

Major airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Skyairlines Major Yes No
LAN Major Yes Yes
DAP Major Yes Yes
CDA Major Yes Yes

You Can Consult The EU Air Safety List. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


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Time and Time Difference

Current Local Time
It is %T:%M %A In Santiago
Summer Time
Summer time from October to March.

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

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Type of Climate
The vast length of Chile accounts for its various climates. The northern part of the country has a desert-like and arid climate, the central part has a Mediterranean-like climate, while the south has a more oceanic climate. Additionally, the mountainous regions have a tundra-like climate. 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall



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Electrical Standards and Measurement Systems

System of Measurement Used
Metric system
Unit of Measurement of Temperature
Degree Celsius

Use our service Measurement Converter.

  • Voltage
220 V
  • Frequency
50 Hz
Type of Electric Socket
C & L
Type of Telephone Socket
US RJ-11
DVD Zoning
Zone 4

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Domestic Currency
Chilean Peso
ISO Code
To Obtain Domestic Currency
The currency is the Chilean peso (CLP). Major world currencies can be exchanged easily in Santiago, as well as in most regions of Chile. Some banks or bureaux de change in remote towns still sometimes prefer the U.S. dollar. For shopping, restaurants and small hotels generally accept local currency only.  Bureaux de change are generally closed on Saturday afternoons and Sundays. They also change traveller's checks without commission. Banks are open during the week from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Exchanging money on the black market is not advisable.
Possible Means of Payment
MasterCard and Visa are usually taken at top of the range establishments, unlike the American Express card that is not very widespread. Withdrawing cash with a credit card is widespread and very easy.

To Find a Cash Machine Where You Need, Use the ATM locator


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Official Language
Other Languages Spoken
Indigenous dialects, such as Mapudungun, Aymara, Quechua and Rapa Nui
Business Language
Spanish, English

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Emergency Numbers

Ambulance 131
Fire Service 132
Police 133
Information 134
AIDS helpline +56 2 222 83 56

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Telephone Codes
To Make a Call From Chile, Dial 00
To Make a Call to in Chile, Dial +56
Mobile Telephone Standards
Standard GSM (Global system for mobile communications)
National Mobile Phone Operators
There are a number of mobile phone operators, including Claro, Entel and Movistar.

Availability of Internet

Internet Suffix
National Internet Access Providers
The largest internet providers are Telefónica, VTR Banda Ancha, Claro Comunicaciones S.A., Telsur, GTD Manquehue, Entel-Chile S.A., Pacífico Cable, CMET.

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