What is the local currency?
The local currency is the Chilean peso (CLP). Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000 and 20,000 pesos.
Should I change money before I go?
You’ll get the best rate if you change your money before you fly, so that’s what we recommend! Alternatively, most hotels, restaurants and shops will accept card payments.
Will I be able to draw money out when I get there or should I exchange money?
Absolutely. You’ll be able to withdraw money using an ATM when you’re in Chile. It’s worth remembering that you might be charged a withdrawal fee by the bank for this.
How much should I budget per day for extras?
This really depends on your own spending habits. You might want to put a budget of around $45 per day aside for things like souvenirs, additional meals and tipping - but it’s up to you!
Is it customary to tip? If so, how much?
A tip of around 5 USD per day for the Pack Leader would be appreciated but is not at all compulsory. Many Flashpackers choose to keep a kitty and give this to the Pack Leader at the end of the trip.
For restaurants and bars, it’s normal to tip around 10%, but this is at your own discretion.