Practical information for traveling to Chile
Located in South America, and boasting thousands of miles of stunning coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Chile is known for its nature and wildlife. Its capital city is Santiago, which is also home to the country's principle airport, Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. Further international airports include El Tepual International Airport in Puerto Montt, and Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport in Punta Arenas. Besides the country's capital, there is a number of interesting cities to visit in Chile. These include the coastal city of Valparaíso; the beach resort of Viña del Mar; and the culture-rich city of Valdivia. The currency in Chile is the Chilean peso, and the country lies in the Chile Time Zone (-03:00 UTC).
Which airlines operate flights to Chile?
A number of non-stop and connecting flights are available to allow travelers to easily visit Chile from the US. LATAM Airlines, which has its base in Santiago, operates non-stop flights from airports such as Miami International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport, while American Airlines also offers a number of non-stop flights from the US to Santiago. Connecting flights, which stop off in cities such as Buenos Aires and Mexico City, are operated by airlines including Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Canada and Copa Airlines.
When is the best time to buy flight tickets to Chile?
When it comes to booking flights to Chile, it pays to plan ahead: the distance from the US to the South American country means fares can be high, however those who book in advance will have a greater chance of bagging a bargain. When to visit Chile will depend on what you plan to see and do. Chilean Patagonia, for example, is busiest from November through March (the good weather conditions make it worth braving the crowds and visiting at this time), while Santiago sees its high season between November and April.
How long is the flight to Chile?
Non-stop flights from the US to Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport take approximately eleven hours, depending on the departure airport. Connecting flights take a little longer, as do flights from northern parts of the US.
What is there to see and do in Chile
Whether you're after a city break or a trip into nature, Chile has it all. A trip to the country's capital city of Santiago is a must: visit sights such as the presidential Moneda Palace, the Plaza de Armas, and the San Cristóbal Hill. The UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Chilean Patagonia is one of the country's most iconic natural areas, and is home to the stunning Torres del Paine National Park - not to be missed for anyone hoping to see some of the country's wildlife. Meanwhile, penguins can be found on Chiloé Island or along the Beagle Channel.