Information about travelling in Chile
Last Updated 12.19.19, 10.00 AM
The situation in the capital, Santiago, and other regions of Chile has calmed down significantly in the last two weeks. Meanwhile, the president has reorganized the government, launched a series of social measures and announced the discussion of a new constitution.
There are still demonstrations but with fewer participants. They are occasionally followed by violent clashes with special police forces.
Our clients, who have traveled to different parts of Chile in recent weeks, report that they have been little or not affected at all by the riots in the country. Most tourist activities throughout Chile run normally, especially in busy places such as San Pedro de Atacama, Elqui Valley, Easter Island, Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park. In Santiago, most museums are open, as are restaurants and bars in popular districts such as Bellavista or Barrio Italia.
Public transport in Santiago is still affected by the damage to traffic lights and the metro network. Altough all the lines are back in operation, some stations remain closed until further notice. Interregional buses operate normally and main roads and highways are without interference. Santiago's airport and other airports in the country function normally. Numerous supermarkets are beeing protected with barricades but are open, sometimes
with reduced opening hours.
We recommend avoiding the centre of Santiago and other major cities such as Valparaíso and Concepción in the afternoons and evenings until further notice as they are the most affected by the protests. As long as you stay away from disputes, there is no danger to your personal safety.
Our partner companies throughout the country - car rental companies, hotels, ferries, tour operators - are running and flexible regarding possible delays or changes. We ask all customers who need help to contact us. Our office in Santiago is operating from 9 am to 5 pm.
Our phone numbers are:
+56 2 2264 1719 (land line)
+56 9 6229 8723 (WhatsApp)
+569 7764 4148 (emergency telephone)