A honeymoon should be luxurious! It should be relaxing! And most of all, it should be unforgettable, a special moment to celebrate your new partnership. What better way to do it than explore a new place side by side! While you’re choosing your destination, we have some sage advice for you: don’t pick your honeymoon in Chile!
We plan honeymoons by the way, so we’ve had a bit of practice. Of all your honeymoon destinations, we think you’ll soon understand why it is that we don’t think you should head to this, shall we say, unique country…
When you’re traveling in Chile, you won’t have to leave the country to see deserts, lakes, mountains, and volcanoes, all without changing the currency or language. It’s hard to constantly convert your currency, but once you learn how to do it for Chile, you’ll be good to go for all of your adventures!
You can bring some cash and convert it to pesos at the airport or any exchange house, but you can also just withdraw from an ATM. Make sure you’ve unlocked your card for travel before leaving, and plan ahead because each time you withdraw, there is a standard $6 fee for international withdrawals!
*The trick to converting Chilean Pesos (CLP) to American Dollars (USD) is to split the number in half and add that to the original to get the price in dollars, i.e. 7,000 CLP + 3,500 = $10.50! Also, you’ll get all that incredible scenery on the same visa as well as speaking the same language! It’s a great way to get the best bang for your buck but also get to see remarkably diverse landscapes.
The great news is visitors from both the UK and the US automatically have a tourist visa that is valid for 90 days–no reciprocity fee! You’ll be completely spoiled by how easy the process is. Citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Canada, South Africa, and the USA only need a passport to enter the country. When you go through customs, they’ll give you a “tourist card.”
Expert tip: hold on to this because you’ll need it to leave the country!
Spoiler alert: it’s not an actual card, but rather a small piece of paper that’s easy to misplace :O
Don’t worry if you lose it–just make sure to stop by the Policia de Investigaciones, PDI (Chile has two branches of police–PDI and Carabineros), office to get another copy before you head out of the country.
3 PDI branches in Santiago:
From cosmopolitan Santiago, to the world heritage site of Valparaíso, Chile has every type of city. And if you’re looking for some beautiful landscapes, Torres del Paine and San Pedro de Atacama are can’t-miss destinations. You won’t be able to decide where to go in Chile first! Chile satisfies every type of traveler, from foodie to history lover, from wino to those looking for an adrenaline rush.
Santiago, the capital city, has plenty of boutique shopping (head to Barrio Italia for one-of-a-kind pieces) as well as artisan markets (Centro Artesanal de Santa Lucía and Los Dominicos to start). It also has wonderful museums like the Museo de Bellas Artes (expert tip: it’s free! Plan your trip around “dias feriados,” holidays in Chile). There’s plenty of history packed into the streets of Santiago, so it’s best to spring for a walking tour with a history expert to really make the most out of your time!
Valparaíso is a UNESCO world heritage site, a haven for street art lovers, and a great calf workout (so. many. hills). After leaving Santiago, you can stop at a few wineries before you get to Valparaíso. It’s charming, not industrial, and a unique city you’ll never forget.
Torres del Paine is a beautiful natural reserve; Patagonia is full of gorgeous views. Wear layers when you go, because the weather changes every fifteen limits! Don’t get caught off guard without a rain jacket or umbrella.
San Pedro de Atacama is the driest desert in the world! While it’s hot during the day, temperatures drop at night, so be prepared. Must sees for this trip include the Valle de la Luna (you’ll really think you’re on the moon!), los Geysers Tatio, and the Salar de Aguas Calientes.
Chile is truly an excellent country for wine lovers. You’ll never be able to find wine that’s as good quality for as cheap as it is here in Chile! Chile is hands down wine country; though it’s mostly red wines like cabernet sauvignon and carmenére, Chile also boasts award-winning whites!
Check out our post for an introduction to the wine world of Chile. Whether you’re looking for a vineyard that’s organic, family-run, or experimental/cutting-edge, there’s a boutique winery in Chile for you. And what’s more romantic than an excellent glass of wine and a beautiful view? Which leads us to our next point…
There’s so much to see, and we could tell you about it…but we think it’s better described by these pictures:
(clockwise, from left to right) Saltos de Petrohue, San Pedro de Atacama, Valle de la Luna, Patagonia, Valle de la Muerte, Cajón del Maipo, Tierra del Fuego
Though Chile doesn’t offer the “resort with white sand beaches” type of honeymoon, there’s so much to see and we can guarantee that your experience will be an entirely unique one! Just ask Mandy and Jeff who took a step off the beaten path and into Torres Del Paine to start their marriage.
Chile has an entirely unique shape…it’s definitely unlike any other country you’ll visit. But its slim shape has certain advantages: a great coastline-to-area ratio and fantastic accessibility! Start your honeymoon in Chile, but take advantage of its position and hop over to Buenos Aires, Argentina for a taste of Tango or go north to Perú to see Machu Picchu!
Seasons: Since Chile is in the Southern Hemisphere, summer is from December to March, and winter is June to August. If you’re heading down south to Torres del Paine, it’s best to go during the warm months (but beware of crowds–everybody else is trying to avoid freezing too!)
Currency: Chile uses the Chilean Peso. You can exchange money easily at the airport or once you’re in the city! There isn’t a huge difference between the rates for these “casas de cambio.” Here’s a website so you can see what the exchange rate is in the moment. As of the publication of this article, 1 USD = 610 CLP.
Accessibility (airport shuttles)
Have a great trip! And hopefully you can prove us wrong…let us know why you had an amazing time in the comments below.