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CHILE

While our first go at visiting Chile was mostly due to a necessary visa run - during our 3-month stay in Peru and Ecuador - we have now officially landed with the sole desire of exploring as much of Chile as possible. Take a look at our in-depth adventure travel guides, and learn why Chile needs to be on every adventure traveler's bucket list.

LANGUAGE: Spanish

CURRENCY: the Chilean peso (~ $1 USD = 890 pesos)

POPULATION: 18.4 million, 40% live in the Santiago area

SIZE: 756,096.3 square kilometers

TIME ZONE: UTC−4 and −6, -3 and -5 in the summer

CAPITAL CITY: Santiago

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL: January (the middle of the summer) is the most popular time to visit, especially in the southern Patagonian region

TOP DESTINATIONS: Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park, the Atacama desert

NUMBER OF NATIONAL PARKS: 41

COST OF TRAVEL: relatively expensive, especially for South America (as of 2022 it is the most expensive country on the continent)

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