Destination Information for Chile
The long, narrow country of Chile stretches along the West edge of South America, bordering Peru in the North, and Bolivia and Argentina to its Eastern edge. The shape and size of the country means it has a huge Pacific Ocean coastline, covering over 6,000km. The heart of the country is the central region, home to the capital, Santiago, as well as famous vineyards and some of South America’s greatest ski resorts.
The extreme South of the country includes Punta Arenas, one of the world’s most Southerly cities. To the West is Easter Island and one of the most mysterious indigenous civilisations on the planet.
Chile is known as one of the world’s best adventure tourism destinations. Whether you’re after a road trip on the scenic Carretera Austral, riding the waves at Pichilemu, Chile’s top surfing destination, or climbing in the Torres del Paine National Park, there’s plenty of activities to keep the adrenaline pumping and enable adventure-loving visitors to see the country’s natural beauty at close hand.
For backpackers or luxury package holiday enthusiasts alike, there is a good variety of travel, transport, accommodation and entertainment options, catering to every kind of tourist.
For pleasant, comfortable temperatures, visit Chile in September to November or March to May. Western Patagonia and its popular beaches are at their best and busiest from December to February.
Measles in Chile
On 10th June 2015, the health authorities of Chile notified WHO of five confimed cases of measles in the province of Santiago in the central valley of the country.
The five cases are all male, 4 adults with ages ranging from 21-44 years and an infant less than one year and too young for immunisation.
- The first case is thought to have acquired the infection following inflight contact with symptomatic passengers travelling from beijing to Honolulu. Measles confirmed 15th May 2015.
- The second case is the infant from Maria Pinto municipality; a link to the first case has not been established. Measles confirmed 29th May 2015.
- The third case is from Santiago city and developed symptoms on the 1st June 2015.
- The fourth case is a healthcare worker from the municipality of Las Condes, Measles confirmed 6th June 2014.
- The fifth case is a relative of the second case. Measles confirmed 10th May 2015.
Chile is hosting the sporting even Copa America Chile 2015, from 11th June to 4th July 2015. The authorities are recommending that anyone planning to attend the football tournament should ensure that they are immunised/protected against measles.
Advice for Travellers
It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-15 months age and again pre-school around 3 years 6 months. Unimmunised adults who have not had the diseas themselves may consider vaccination if thought to be at risk. Two doses of MMR vaccine are required to give adequate protection.
Malaria and regions within country:
Malaria is not normally present in Chile.