Travel Facts

City Codes
ANF: Antofagasta
SCL: Santiago
ARI: Arica
CJC: Calama
IPC: Easter Island
IQQ: Iquique
PMC: Puerto Montt
PUQ: Punta Arenas
Entry requirements: Valid U.S. passport. Tourist cards provided on board aircraft prior to landing. No visa required, however, first entry with a U.S. passport will be charged a reciprocal fee equal to what Chileans currently pay U.S. government for their U.S. visas (approx. US$45).
Taxes/Surcharges: International departure tax: US$18. Hotel taxes and service charges: Most already included in price of tour package.
Tipping: Service is usually included in restaurant bills, but an additional 5-10% is standard. Not necessary to tip taxi drivers.
Currency: Chilean Peso. Banking hours: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Major credit cards accepted throughout Chile. ATMs convenient in major cities.
Shopping: Chile offers a wide range of goods made from copper, bronze and leather. Jewelry made from the deep blue lapiz lazuli stone is a favorite buy. A good selection of Chilean handicrafts can be found at government sponsored CEMA shops throughout the country. In Santiago small boutiques and malls in Providencia and downtown on both Ahumada and Huerfanos (traffic-free streets) are shoppers favorites. Shopping hours 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday - Friday and 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Saturday.
Food and Drink: Chile is famous for superior wine. Leading brands: Undurraga, CousiƱo Macul and Concha y Toro are among leading brands now exported to the USA. While there are a variety of gastronomic opportunities, seafood is abundant and outstanding - particularly exotic shellfish, sometimes served live. Typical Chilean specialties include humitas (seasoned, spiced, grated corn wrapped in husks and boiled); empanadas (savory, steaming hot meat pies); cazuela (beef or chicken stew flavored with unique herbs); porotos granados (semi-ripe beans cooked with corn, squash, sweet basil often served with beef and tomatoes).
Telephone Area Codes:(56) country code; Santiago (2), Antofagasta (83), Arica (80), Easter Island (72), Iquique (81), Puerto Montt (65) and Punta Arenas (61).

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