San Pedro de Atacama

Why I Love It: Like Peru, I found Chileans to be helpful and friendly. If you are fine-tuning your Spanish, Chileans are easy to understand because they speak softly. I found this country to be perplexing because you have deserts in the north and scenery similar to the Arctic in the south! On a final note, gratuity is included in (most) restaurant bills, so tipping isn’t required.

When to Go: It is important to note that Chile lies in the Southern Hemisphere, which means the seasons are opposite from the Northern Hemisphere. I find that it is good to go during Chile’s fall season (March to early June). The temperatures are pleasant, and if you are not a fan of heat, it’s best to go during this time.

Where to Go: Santiago de Chile, Valparaiso, San Pedro de Atacama (very much like a wild west town), and Pucón

How Long Should You Stay: one week; two if you are planning to explore the entire country


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