Chile is a South American country that shares its borders with Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast and Argentina to the east. The territory is approximately 1,236,000 square kilometres. Easter Island, located 3,000 kilometres from Valparaíso in the Pacific Ocean, has been part of Chile since 1884. With a presence on three continents – South America, Oceania and Antarctica – Chile can be defined as a tricontinental country. The capital of this elongated country is Santiago.

Chile is a beautiful and little-known country. This thin strip of land, nearly 4,300 km long, stretching under a pure sky riddled with stars, has many advantages.

The kindness and hospitality of its inhabitants is one of them. Another is the spectacle of Chile’s wild landscapes, of incredible diversity and great beauty.

Basic products Price in Euros/Chile Peso
1L of water 0,78€ (605 CLP)
1 bus ticket 0,86€ (667 CLP)
1 meal of 2 dishes 5,69€ (4 413 CLP)

Chile is one of the so-called southern cone countries and among the Latin American countries, it is the one where European culture is the most assertive, along with Argentina. Chile is the most developed country on the Latin American continent (in 2010, its human development index was 0.8957). It was also, in 2010, the least corrupt country in Latin America, and one of the most democratic.

Chilean Spanish is spoken, but also Amerindian languages such as Runa Simi, Mapudungun or Aymara, and a Polynesian language, Vânaga rapanui (on Easter Island), none of which has official status.

The national currency is the peso.

Vaccines and specific advice:

Find out about the vaccines you should make before going to this country and about the preventive and/or treatment measures for local diseases.

Checklist :

  • Vaccine updates, specific vaccines: 1-3 months before departure
  • Visit your doctor for any health problem, prescription renewal, contraception, etc. In addition, you will need to send your coordinator a certificate from your doctor certifying that you are well suited to take part in an international volunteering project.
  • Dentist: a dental check-up can be useful before going!

We advise you to visit the website of your country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry to consult the advice for every country.

Advice for American travellers here

Advice for Canadian travellers here

Advice for English travellers here

Chile travel advice

(dernière mise à jour faite le 2018-09-03T09:53:14+00:00)

Latest update: Safety and security section (Crime) – update to information and advice on travel by taxi

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Able Spanish Chile is the Chilean branch of Able Spanish in Argentina. It was first a language school. Today, the organization also has some volunteer projects with various themes (animal, social projects…) in collaboration with another local organization, Casa Esperanza.


We advise you to visit the website of the embassy in order to be informed about visa requirements and any changes in legislation.

  • Embassy of Chile in the USA

1732 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
D.C. 20036
United States

Phone +1-202-785-1746

Fax +1-202-887-5579

Email [email protected]

Website URL

  • Embassy of Chile in the UK

37-41 Old Queen Street
United Kingdom

Phone +44-20-7222-2361

Fax +44-20-7222-0861

Email [email protected]
[email protected]

Website URL

  • Embassy of Chile in Canada

50 O’Connor Street, Suite 1413



Email [email protected]

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List of projects available in Chile