Chile Travel Guide: Country & Destination Information for Visiting

Updated: 2019-05-05.

Republic of Chile • República de Chile

Chile is a long, thin country in the southern portion of South America, with the Pacific Ocean to its west, Peru to its north, Bolivia to its northeast, and Argentina to its east. Chile also possesses sovereignty over several Pacific islands, most famously Easter Island.

flag of Chile

Chile Travel Information & Key Points

General points to know about the country of Chile – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more, whether you’re traveling there or not.

Capital: Santiago

Population: 17.6 million (2019 estimate)

Language(s): Spanish

President: Sebastián Piñera

Currency: Chilean Peso (CLP)

Area: 756,096 km2 (291,930 mi2)

Dialing Code: +56

Time Zone: UTC−3 and −5

ISO Country Code: CL

Demonym: Chilean (what is a demonym?)

Endonym: Chile (their name for their country)

Emergency Number *: 131 for medical, 132 for fire, and 133 for police

Drinking Age: 18

Smoking Age: 18

Age of Consent: No restrictions at age 18, some restrictions between 14-18 (including homosexual activity)

Drives on the: Right

Electricity & Adapter: 220 V, 50 Hz, Plug Types C / E / F / L (define)

* For an easy way to remember Chilean emergency numbers, try “A1B2C3.” 131 is Ambulancia (Ambulance), 132 is Bomberos (Fire), and 133 is Carabineros (Police).