Useful information during your visit
6 useful recommendations for your stay in Chile:
Where can I stay in Chile?
Finding a place to stay during your trip in our country is not so complicated. We recommend you to visit Chilean websites that offer rentals, apartments or rooms, where you can find something to meet your needs.
Also, some of our institutions offer several search services for students lodging. They will help you find a homestay with a family that will receive you during your college term.
*All services mentioned in these websites are external to Learn Chile, and therefore we are not liable for their operation or their pricing.
Chile: weather and seasons
An important aspect is to consider the time of year when you’ll travel to Chile so you can come prepared for the climate changes of each season.
Apart from the extreme weather conditions present in the Andes and the Atacama Desert, Chile has a wonderful warm weather. Due to its topography and the length from North to South, Chile has a wide range of weather conditions.
- Semi-arid in the North, between Arica and La Serena
- Mediterranean from the Center until Concepción
- Temperate and rainy from south Concepción until Punta Arenas
- Polar Ice in the Antarctic
Chile is located in the Southern Hemisphere, consequently, student arriving in August can expect a mild winter weather, that changes rapidly towards spring. Students arriving in March can expect a summer weather changing later on to autumn and then winter by the end of the semester.
Money Exchange and payment methods in Chile
The official currency in our country is the Chilean peso, abbreviated CLP. During 2015, the value of the Chilean peso has ranged between CLP 580 and 640 per 1 USD. Besides paying in cash, credit card payment is widely accepted in the Chilean market. From large department stores to the payment of utilities, credit cards can be used at all times. You can also pay through the internet.
Telecommunication System in Chile
Our country has been acknowledged as a pioneer in terms of investment and territorial scope of phone and internet. This has allowed us to be part of the globalized world and be permanently in touch with the rest of the world.
Proof of these indicators is the report drafted by Ahciet (Observatory of Telecommunications Indicators in Latin America of the IberoAmerican Association of Investigation Centers and Telecommunication Companies) where Chile was awarded with the highest investment per capita in telecommunications of Latin America since 2008. Also, different national studies centered in improvements in the national connectivity have shown that cable internet connections have reach almost half of the national homes.
Transportation system in Santiago and the rest of the country
Thinking about your commute, here we’ll tell you about the different means of public transportation in our country.
If you are in the Metropolitan Region – Santiago, you can use the Transantiago: a bus system of urban public transportation implemented in our capital city; and the Metro: underground transportation system that crosses a large part of the city. For both systems you have to use the Bip!, a pre-paid card that allows you to get on to trains and buses. Remember that you have to add some money in to the card before using it.
The rest of the regions in Chile have urban buses that cover entire cities. The daily commute is easier and not so expensive to inhabitants and visitors. At night, it is very common to use taxies and also taxi colectivo (a sort of public cab for 4 people).
Services and emergency numbers
Keep these numbers at hand:
- Carabineros de Chile / Chilean Police: 133
- Ambulance: 131
- Fire Department: 132
- Investigation Police (PDI): 134
- Aerial Rescue: 138
- Search Service and maritime rescue: 137
- Police Information: 139