Planning a trip to Chile?

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Chile has many different adventures to offer tourists, from stargazing in the driest desert in the world, ancient glaciers in the south, enchanting forests, and lakes located at the foot of massive volcanoes.

  • Currency: Chilean peso
  • National Language: Spanish
  • Time difference: Mainland Chile is typically 4 hours behind the UK. Easter Island is 6 hours behind
  • Flight time: Average flight time from London is 14h 40mins

Did you know?

Driest place on Earth

NASA research has concluded that Chile's Atacama Desert, located in northern Chile is the driest desert in the world.

With its cloudless skies, virtually zero light pollution and high altitude, the Atacama Desert is a favourite with stargazers and perhaps the best place in the world for observatories.

Some weather stations in the Atacama have never reported rain at all.


Tri-continental nation

Chile is the longest country in the world, stretching all the way from the Andes to the Pacific. It's more than 4,600km in length, but only has an average width of 150km. 

As well as sharing borders with Argentina, Peru and Bolivia, Chile also has territories in Polynesia and Antarctica, making it a tri-continental nation.


Famous stone figures

Easter Island is famous for its array of almost 900 giant stone figures that date back many centuries.

The Polynesian island was named Paaseiland, or Easter Island, by Dutch explorers  in 1722.

Easter Island is the world's most isolated island, located 2,300 miles (3,700 km's) west of Chile.

Patagonia in Chile

Chile is a land of great contrasts

From big cities and urban culture to vast areas of natural beauty including both the desert and the sea, Chile has it all. The people of Chile are warm and welcoming, with a great sense of their ancestral past, often expressed through the diversity of their festivals.

If you're a keen winter sports enthusiast, you'll be delighted with the world class ski & snowboarding resorts and conditions, provided by more than 2,500 miles of mountains. Making it possibly the best destination in South America for snow based sports, just remember to include winter sports cover when arranging your travel insurance. From north to south Chile has a wide range of climates (and microclimates). Being in the southern hemisphere, broadly speaking its seasons are the reverse of the UK's, so winter is June to September and summer is December to May.

Compared with most South American countries Chile might be considered fairly expensive. Accommodation can be relatively costly, but eating out is relatively good value and transport is also relatively inexpensive.

Be careful when travelling to any foreign country, as a responsible travel insurer we always recommend you check for the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice before planning a trip. Read the latest FCDO advice for Chile.

What travel insurance do I need in Chile?

Standard travel insurance should be enough when visiting Chile. 

Our travel insurance for Chile offers:

• Up to £10 million of emergency medical cover
• Compensation of up to £10,000 if you have to cancel your trip
• Cover for groups of up to 10 people on one policy
• Cover for travellers over the age of 65.

If you’re a frequent traveller, you may want to think about multi-trip cover. Do you have pre-existing medical conditions or any specific things you want to insure? If so, you’ll probably need a customised policy.

Optional extras can be added to protect you against theft of bags and their contents, valuables and money. If you’ve got an action-packed trip planned, check the activities covered in our policies to make sure yours are included.

Just be mindful if you’re looking to get a job during your trip to Chile that work-related incidents are not covered. 

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