- Atacama Desert:
- Northern Chile is home to the world’s most arid desert and its salt flats, hot springs and geysers, as well as large deposits of copper and other minerals. For more information, please visit the official travel guide to Chile
Founded in 1541, Santiago is 543 meters above sea level. Its population is around 6 million inhabitants, roughly a third of the country’s total population. It is Chile’s political, economic and cultural center, in addition to being one of South America’s main financial hubs.
In Santiago, you can use the Transantiago, the urban public transportation bus system. You can download a map of the entire Transantiago network in this link.
You can also use the Metro, the underground transportation system. You can download a map of the entire Metro network in this link.
For both systems, you have to use the Bip! card, a pre-paid transportation card which can be purchased and recharged inside metro stations, authorized banks, and designated establishments.
Throughout the last 25 years, Chile has experienced sustained economic growth, which has created a number of improvements in the life quality of most of its inhabitants, improvements such as higher economic stability, a low unemployment rate and a remarkable degree of civic safety.
Santiago is a peaceful city by South American standards, nevertheless it’s recommended you avoid leaving your belongins unatended.
When coming to Santiago, you will arrive the International Arturo Merino Benítez Airport (AMB – SCL). To travel from the airport to Santiago there are several alternatives. It is recommended to use the airport official services, which have proper identification.
Important info: outside the airport, you’ll find plenty of taxis and people offering you their transport services, which can be very persistent with their offers. They could even try to take your luggage to their vehicles. Be clear and strong in your decision, saying a simple “No gracias” and go to an official airport transportation service.
Chile is a destination still waiting to be discovered. One of the few unexplored treasures left in the world, a fascinating place that offers a myriad of unforgettable experiences. Chile is good for you!
Chile is a country of sharp contrasts. From north to south, mountains to the sea, Chile will surprise you with its varying landscapes: arid deserts, snow-covered mountains, fertile valleys, native forests, patagonian fjords and glaciers.
The single-phase voltage in Chile is 220 V, with a frequency of 50 Hz. Chilean electrical outlets use type C plugs, which are the plugs most commonly used in Europe, Asia, and South America. For more information, please visit World Standards.
Springtime in Santiago starts on late september. This season offers clean skies, mild winds, and colorful nature. Temperatures range from a minimum of 6º C (43º F) in the early morning, to a maximun of 23º C (73º F) in the afternoon.
The official currency is the Chilean Peso (CLP).
The best way of withdrawing cash is using Automated Teller Machines (ATM) marked with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro logo. In most cases, you will only be permitted to withdraw a maximum ammount of US$400 per day, or its equivalence in CLP.
You can exchange money only in official institutions and banks. Prominent hotels will typically exchange money during the weekend, however the rates tend to be rather inconvenient.
If you’re ever short of cash, you can use your regular credit card to pay for services in almost all establishments.
It’s customary to tip 10% of the bill in restaurants. Taxi drivers do not require tips, although the final fare might be rounded off for convenience.
To enter Chile, all passengers have to show their identification documents (identity card, passport or similar document). Depending on your country of origin, you might be required to present your stamped visa.
Citizens of South America, the European Union, the United States, Canada and Australia do not require a visa. However, some passengers will be asked to cover a reciprocity tax upon arrival in Chile, which needs to be paid in cash:
Chile’s excellent health standards regarding plants and animals of economic relevance are constantly being watched. In order to better preserve said standards, there is an official state-administered institution responsible for supporting the development of Chile’s agriculture, forestry, and livestock industries; The Agricultural and Livestock Service, SAG.
No matter where you come from, when you arrive to Chile you will be required to declare all vegetable and animal products, as they may contain pests and/or diseases. For more information, please visit SAG’s official website.
Chile is a Spanish speaking country. Chilean people tend to speak really fast, with a fairly loose diction –so don’t feel bad if you can’t understand it on the first try.
English is spoken in most of the hotels, restaurant and souvenir shops in the touristic areas.
Here you can find some accommodation options, which are located at a walking-distance of the AIC2016 venues. All these options have been provided by Cocha, the AIC2016 Official Tourism Agency.
The AIC2016 Organizing Committee recommends the following hotels:
We have made some pre-reservations in these hotels for the AIC2016 attendees. If you want to access to one of the pre-reservations, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org, before September.