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Chile travel tips on money saving, personal safety, sightseeing, and enjoying your trip to the fullest from InfoHub suppliers and community members.

What to pack for my Chile trip?
Submitted by M21144
Here is a simple list of clothes you should pack. This list is only a recommendation of what we suggest you bring, however it is your final discretion. It is important that you keep in mind the various weather conditions along Chile.

-Soft suitcase or large backpack or travel bag on wheels
-Small backpack for day excursions
-Waterproof jacket or poncho against the rain (can also buy locally)
-Thick sweater (Andes & Patagonia) + light sweater
-Long pants
-Socks and ... view more Underwear
-Hiking shoes
-Comfortable shoes
-Swimwear - (for coastal areas, thermal baths, or swimming pools).

Fall (Autumn) in Torres del Paine – What to dress
Submitted by M14951
This is one of the best seasons to visit Torres del Paine. You will find less tourists and the fall colors will surprise. Average temperatures range from 8-12 °C (46-54°F). Minimum temperatures may reach -5°C (23°F) and maximum 20-25°C (68-77°F). You may expect one day of rain per day, and occasionally strong winds. Late in the season, you may even find snow in John Garner pass.

The best is to have a complete (body and legs) "3 layers" system: thermal underwear (of fast drying), second level of ... view more thermal clothes (polartec style) and a third level of protection against wind and rain (preferably breathable). With this, you will assure to be ready for any weather condition.
Chile...tips and others
Submitted by M19381
Although tips are no obligatory, a 10% tip is normal in restaurants. It is not customary to tip taxi drivers.

The time for most of the year:
- Chile is 4 hours behind GMT.
- Easter Island is two hours behind mainland.

Local Scheduler:
- Working Hours 09.30 AM to 19.30 PM from Monday to Friday.
- Commercial Hours 10.00 AM to 19.00 PM from Monday to Friday.
- Shopping Malls 10.30 AM to 21.30 PM including Saturday and Sunday.

Passports and Visas: All foreign visitors require passports to enter and exit ... view more the country except nationals from some South American countries. If your home country requires visa we recommend approach the local consulate.

Vaccinations: No vaccination are required to enter Chile.

Health: We recommend to travel with a Health Insurance. Adequate Health Centers exists all along the country.

Communications: Chile is well covered by all kind of communication services. In most localities you can access to direct dialing system (DDI). In all cities it is possible to connect to Internet.

Credit Cards: All kind of credit cards are used and accepted. Automatic Cashiers In commercial and banking areas it is easy to find automatic teller machines (Redbanc Network) of all local banks as well as Cirrus Cards 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Chile...When to Go!!
Submitted by M19381
The Lakes District is an all-season destination, with an overall temperate, if rainy, climate. Temperature fluctuating between 23 to 59 ºF. The best time to visit is the spring and summer seasons, between the drier months from November to April. But expect rain at any time and snow on the volcanoes. May to October is rather cold with heavier rains.

Getting There: by air from domestic flights terminal in Santiago, by bus services to and from Santiago and other cities by sea. Puerto Montt is both the gateway to ... view more Chile's lake district and the departure point for cruises to Antarctica and the Chilean Fjords Cruise/Tour By lake. Lago Todos los Santos is one of South America's most popular water crossings.

Visitors and residents make the crossing to and from Argentina via boats and catamarans and by bus portaging through the spectacular scenery of the Chilean/Argentine border. By land via the Panamerican Highway from Chilean cities, or from Argentina via Paso Puyehue, about 4000 ft (1212 m) during the summer months

Climate Given the length of the country it is not surprising the variety of climates you will find. As a general rule, temperature drop and rainfall increases as the traveler move south, but this is highly influenced by the local topography. Northern Chile receives no rain year round, except on the Altiplano. Central Chile has a Mediterranean climate. Further south the seasons are more differentiated while rainfall is more evenly dispersed throughout the year.