The capital is Santiago, in the middle of the country.
We really wanted to do it all but ended up not managing it due to the costs. It is one of the most expensive countries in South America.
Next time, if there is one, we’ll avoid this part of the country altogether because we felt very unwelcome, people were always rushing, services were really bad.
We did, though, take some Spanish classes there and that was fun and very useful, and thankfully, our teacher was Spanish because people in Chile speak oh so freaking fast, I couldn’t understand a thing!
When we say Chile, the only food that comes to my mind is empanada. Chilean empanadas really are good. But, to be really honest, that’s all there was. We didn’t have any luck with food there besides empanadas.
The Andes, though, is worth a trip. Being a short drive away from Santiago, it’s easily done!
Below you’ll find our related posts, so check below our guide with All about Chile Travel for families with kids
To and from Chile
Santiago de Chile
Santiago is stunning, one of the most beautiful places we’ve visited BUT the smog really gets you, so if you or someone in your party have any kind of breathing problems, you probably should think twice or even cut your time there a bit.
Viña del Mar and Valparaiso
Viña is the beach town where Santiago people go to enjoy summer. It’s pretty, and it has everything, but it’s pricey. Valparaiso is a poorer region, but high in tourism due to its stunning street art. The best empanadas in Chile are there.
A bit of everything
Other posts where we share a bit more of our Chilean moments.
- What happened during our first year traveling the world
- Best Moments of the first year of family travels
- Worst Moments of the first year traveling with kids
To finish it…
Well, Chile wasn’t our favorite country and, to be really honest, I don’t know if we’ll ever be back but it’s still a beautiful place.
- Minimun Stay
- $ ~ $$$
- Best local transport option
- Do we recommend it?
- At least a week, but if you want to see it all, a bit longer
- Well, okay. Not the best.
- Car, but walking is fine and, in Santiago, trains are great
- It’s fine
- The Andes are worth a visit!
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