Stretching from the center of South America down to the tip of the continent, Chile is the southernmost country in the world and offers many diverse landscapes to its visitors. From the Andes in the far north to volcanic Easter Island to the plateaux of the Atacama Desert, Chile has it all. There is also over 2,600 miles (4,270 km) of Pacific Ocean coastline for travelers who enjoy surfing, sailing, diving and exploring pristine beaches. Wheel The World began in Chile and we boast a range of tours and activities to help you to discover Chilean culture, from winery tours to cooking classes to guided visits of historic locations in the capital city, Santiago.
Accessible travel Chile
Chilean law mandates that hotels and public buildings should be adapted to suit guests with reduced mobility, but this only applies to buildings constructed after 1994. The metro and buses in Santiago are in the process of being adapted for wheelchair users, but in places the sidewalks can be narrow and poorly maintained. The landscapes in the National Parks are often more suited to off-road wheelchairs, but many National Parks provide adaptations such as Braille signs and access ramps where possible.
No vaccinations are required to enter Chile, but it is recommended that travelers are up-to-date on their tetanus and hepatitis jabs. Some cases of Dengue fever have been confirmed in Easter Island; if visiting, you should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitos.
Visitors in mountainous regions may suffer from altitude sickness, which produces symptoms of nausea, fatigue, headaches and sleeplessness. If suffering from altitude sickness, it is recommended to stay hydrated, take aspirin or ibuprofen and to avoid alcohol and sleeping pills.
The ozone layer in Chile is thinner than in the US and Europe, especially in the southern region and Patagonia. From September to November, ‘red alert’ days may be declared, where fair-skinned people can burn in as little as 10 minutes. If visiting this region, bring sunscreen, long clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Chile is known as one of the safest and most stable countries in South America. However, it is still recommended to be cautious and watch your belongings, especially in Santiago and other large cities, and to avoid flashing valuables or large amounts of money. It is safer to book taxis in advance and to only accept rides from official taxis companies. Keep a photocopy of your passport and other documents to hand in case of emergency.
Entry requirements to Chile depend on your nationality. Tourist visas are issued for 90 days. Check the specific entry requirements, depending on nationality here.
The weather in Chile depends on where you are, as Chile can cover all climates and all four seasons in a day. The warmer season is from October to April and in the north temperatures can reach to around 32°C (90°F), although temperatures tend to drop at night. The center of Chile has a Mediterranean-style climate and the south can be much colder and tends to have more rainfall.
The official language of Chile is Spanish, but some indigenous languages are spoken in certain regions. English is taught in some schools but only around 10% of the population can converse in English, most of whom are concentrated in larger cities and tourist destinations.
Chile has 220 V, 50 Hz plug sockets with 2 round pins, identical to those used in most of Europe.