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The Andes mountain act as a backdrop to the alien landscape of the Valle de la Luna in Chile

Explore The Long, Thin Country with our Chile Family Travel Guide

Chile, that long, narrow country that winds down the western coast of South America. It’s big, beautiful and full of incredible experiences. Family travel to Chile is amazing, and with such a variety of landscapes stretching from the base of South America and up to the bottom of Peru, there is no lack of places to go in Chile.

From the southern tip, on Patagonia tours, and searching for things to do in Santiago, travel in Chile is epic, beautiful, and unforgettable. The country includes magical landscapes such as Torres del Paine and the Atacama Desert, which is the driest place on the planet.

You’ll also find vibrant and colorful cities such as Santiago and Valparaiso. And, for those looking for something off the beaten track, there are the mysterious Moai on Easter Island, one of the most remote islands on the planet.

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Tips For Family Travel in Chile

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  • Currency
    • Currency in Chile is the Chilean peso. The average value of the Chilean peso is approximately $0.0016 USD. You can check out the current value here.
  • Capital
    • The capital of Chile is Santiago. This urban metropolis is home to amazing museums and beautiful culture.
  • Electricity
    • The electricity current operates on 220V, 50Hz. Electrical sockets have two or three holes and accept round (European) plugs.
  • Cellular Phone Service
    • Cellular phone service is readily available in most urban areas of Chile. Sim cards are available for unlocked phones. I have used the Airalo eSim app for all of my international travel.
  • Roads, Driving, and Public Transit
    • Most roads and highways in Chile are well-maintained. Driving is relatively easy for newcomers to the country.
    • Speeding is not uncommon in Chile, so be cautious while driving.
  • Traveling to Easter Island
    • Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is one of the most remote islands in the world. But it has regular plane service from Santiago, Chile. You can read more about Easter Island here.
  • Chile with Kids
    • Family travel to Chile is very popular. Chileans are generally warm towards children. There are many museums and family-focused attractions throughout the country.

Important Words And Phrases To Know When Traveling In Chile

Like most of Central and South America, the main language in Chile is Spanish. English is spoken in many of the larger cities and by most tour guides, however, in most neighborhoods and communities, it might be challenging to find locals who speak English.

It’s always helpful to know a few words in the local language whenever you travel to a new destination. So here are a few important Spanish words to know before you visit.

Important Spanish Words To Know:

Yes: Si

No: No

Thank You: Gracias

Thank You Very Much: Muchas Gracias

You’re Welcome:  De nada (It’s nothing)

Please: Por favor

Excuse Me: Perdóneme

Hello: Ola

Goodbye: Adiós

Bathroom: Baño

How To Stay Connected And Get Internet And Phone Service In Chile

Most major cities throughout South America have excellent cellular service. If you have an older phone, I highly recommend purchasing a sim either at the airport or as one of your first stops on your travels.

If you have a newer eSim capable phone, you can save yourself time by purchasing an eSim ahead of time and having it activated before you arrive.

There are many companies that offer this service. I have used Airalo for years. It has been seamless in over ten countries. They have World, Regional, and Country-Specific eSims available. The price goes down the more specific you get. The regional sims allow for easy country-hopping if you are visiting multiple destinations.

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