GUIDE FOR COMING TO CHILE 2017: PART 1

Introduction to Chile!

 

Congratulations! You decided to choose Chile. Maybe for hiking in Patagonia, surfing on the coast, doing business in Santiago or perhaps your cruise ship docks in Valparaíso leaving you time to explore the country. Whether your reason to come to Chile is one of those mentioned or not, you’ve made the right decision.

We chose Chile, too. Our reason: we love the country; it’s people, it’s culture, it’s nature, the cities, the beaches and the mountains. Plus the wine! Our goal is to make you feel like home while experiencing something you may have never seen before.

Witnessing how people enjoy Chile and its thousand different faces also makes us fall in love with the country over and over again. We don’t want to show you only the touristic attractions because, while being aesthetic and comfortable, they don’t really represent real Chilean life. That’s why we take you to where locals do their groceries, spend their free time and live their lives, without missing out the must-see-places of each city.

This guide is designed to help you every step of the way from plane tickets to check-in. You might be familiar with some of the information already or it might lack something, in which case you can always send us email or a message on Whatsapp, or just give us a call and we will try to help you anyway we can.

Welcome to Chile from all of us in the Green Team!

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Ever since 2008 La Bicicleta Verde and its sister company Tours4Tips have explored the streets of Santiago de Chile on two wheels, as well as by foot, together with more than 25,000 domestic and international travellers. We really feel Santiago needs to be seen pedalling, being the #1 bicycle friendly city in South America, whereas Valparaíso and Viña del Mar are optimal for walking. We promote a sustainable, responsible lifestyle by reducing our carbon footprint, using local suppliers and respecting the local culture.

Experience, knowledge, uniqueness, boutique feeling, bilingual guides and local insights are what we promise to deliver. In return, we hope you have an open mind and relaxed attitude – after all, the mañana culture is alive and well here in South America!

 

Prior to arrival: 2-3 months before departure

 

Don’t have your plane ticket yet? You should start checking different airlines and search engines now, because the longer you wait the bigger the risk of having to pay more. Remember that a two-way ticket is usually the most affordable option.Check out at least: www.latam.com, www.momondo.com, www.despegar.cl, www.edreams.com www.skyscanner.net and your local airlines.

Check visa requirements in your local Chilean consulate. If you are travelling to Chile for leisure or business for 90 days or less, most probably you won’t need a visa. However, there are countries with which Chile doesn’t have diplomatic relations and citizens of those countries are subject to stricter requirements. Like other countries, Chile requires a valid passport for the entire length of the stay.

There are no required vaccinations to travel to Chile. The country has a high level of hygienic standards but certain shots are recommended anyway. These are tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A (or A+B). Planning to travel to rural areas? In that case consider a vaccination against rabies.

Hablas español? Time to brush up on your Spanish! It’s not only polite but in many cases necessary to know a couple of words and phrases. Did you know that only a few percent of chilenos speak English? Luckily, La Bicicleta Verde is local AND bilingual. If you don’t have time to take a language course, a dictionary is a strong recommendation!

Want to visit Chile now right? Check our great packages HERE. We offer the best introduction to Santiago, Valparaiso [and the Lake Region]!

 

Check out Guide Part 2 here!