During summer months, the whole of Santiago becomes a huge theatre with many festivals and performances. What is known as the "Teatro a mil" ("mil" meaning a thousand) takes place in Mapocho station every day in January and competes with the many free theatre festivals organized by various councils in the capital city, such as La Florida or Providencia...more.


On the shore of Reloncaví Sound, Puerto Montt is the departure point for maritime cruises through the Patagonian fjords and islands, including cruises to Laguna San Rafael and Puerto Natales. As the supply point for far-flung fishing communities, Puerto Mont is also one of the best places to buy handicrafts from Chiloé or to feast on an unbelievable assortment of fresh seafood...more.


Chaitén Chile is a sleepy hamlet that serves as a jumping-off point for exploring the trout and fly fishing waters of Pumalín, Futaleufú, and the Carretera Austral. There's not much to see or do here, but visitors often find that it makes a convenient stopover point, especially during the winter when ferry service is limited...more.


The town of Futaleufu is nestled in the beautiful valley just across the border from Esquel Argentina. It feels more like a village than town. Only 15 years ago the first kayakers were discovering the challenges of the mighty Futaleufu River...more.


In general, the Chilean people are very friendly and open minded regarding foreigners. If you have to ask for the way or something else you can be sure to get helped. It´s easy to make new acquaintances and you will really enjoy the affability of the Chileans...more.


The unit of currency is the peso ($ or CHP), which exists in banknotes of $500, $1000, $2000, $5,000, $10,000, $20,000 and coins of $1, $5, $10, $50, $100 and $500...more.


As may be expected in a country that extends so far from north to south, Chile has many different climatic zones, but all are cooled by the Humboldt current which originates in sub-Antarctic waters off the Pacific Coast. Together with the prevailing southwesterly winds, this creates a temperate climate in most of northern and central Chile, even in areas that lie in tropical latitudes...more.


When the first Spanish arrived, Quechua tribes inhabited the northern region and Araucanian tribes inhabited the central region and the northern part of the southern region. The Incas were in control of the northern area and part of central Chile. Warlike Araucanian tribes, who held the Incas back, dominated much of the rest of the country. The first Spanish settlements were established in the mid-sixteenth century...more.


Anything and everything grows in Chile and eating well here means taking advantage of the tremendous range and outstanding quality of seafood and locally produced agricultural products. Though seeking out local dishes and specialties is always part of the adventure, there are a few dishes that you'll come across nearly everywhere...more.