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Where can I use the Chilean Peso?

In Chile! Based in South America, Chile is one of the longest countries in the world. From the Patagonian snow-capped volcanos to world-class vineyards and Maoi sculptures on Easter Island, Chile is one not to be missed when planning your next adventure.

How much spending money do I need for Chile?

Not only is there lots to do and see in Chile, but the country is also very budget-friendly for any kind of a traveller.  

If you are travelling on a backpacker budget, be prepared to spend around CL$ 35,000 per day (around £35) which should cover your hostel accommodation, public transport and eating cheap foods. For those with a medium budget who want to experience more excursions, take long-distance buses between destinations and enjoy a lovely glass of local wine with dinner, be prepared to spend around CL$ 85,000 per day (roughly £84).

Here is how much you can expect to pay for things in Chile:

  • Three-course meal for 2 in a mid-range restaurant: CL$ 30,000 (around £29)
  • Bottle of beer: CL$ 2,500 (£2.40)
  • Bottle of wine (mid-range): CL$ 4,000 (£3.80)
  • Cappuccino: CL$ 1,775 (£1.70)
  • Bottle of water (1.5l): CL$ 920 (£0.90)

Budget your Chile trip

To help you budget your trip to Chile, we have researched how many Chilean Pesos you’ll need depending on your trip budget.

Low budget Medium budget High budget
Overall budget for 1 day pp: CLP$ 35,000 (£34)

Overall budget for 1 day pp: CLP$ 165,000 (£158)

Overall budget for 1 day pp: More than CLP$ 1.2 million (£1150)

Food, drink & accommodation in budget

  • Meal per one: CLP$ 5,000 (£4.80)
  • Cheap hotel room: CLP$ 10,000 (£9.60)
  • Beer: CLP$ 2,500 (£2.40)
  • Coffee: CLP$ 1,775 (£1.70) 


Food, drink & accommodation in budget

  • Mid-range hotel: CLP$ 50,000 (£48)
  • Two-course dinner with wine: CLP$ 15,000 (£14.40)
  • 2x Beer: CLP$ 5,000 (£4.80)
  • Coffee: CLP$ 1,775 (£1.70)

Food, drink & accommodation in budget

  • Luxury hotel: from CLP$ 80,000 (£77)
  • Meal at top restaurant with wine: from CLP$ 14,000 (£13.50)
  • 2x Coffee: CLP$ 3,500 (£3.40)
  • A bottle of wine: CLP$ 4,000 (£3.80)

Activities in budget

  • A refillable bus pass (BIP Card): CLP$ 1,550 (£1.50)  
  • Volcano hikes: free
  • The Bellas Artes Museum visit: free
  • A wine tour in Santiago: CLP$ 15,000 (£14.40)

Activities in budget

  • A bus journey from Santiago to Antofagasta: CL:P$ 22,000 (£21)  
  • El Taigo geysers tour: CLP$ 30,000 (£28.80)
  • Car hire: start at CLP$ 20,000 per day (£19.20)
  • Sandboarding in Valle de la Muerte: CLP$ 22,000 (£21)

Activities in budget

  • Internal flights between Santiago and Antofagasta: CLP$ 30,000 (£28.80) 
  • A private wine tour in Santiago: CLP$ 100,000 (£96)
  • A private volcano hike with a guide: CLP$ 600,000 per person (£576)
  • Stay a night in Crystal Lagoon (with the biggest swimming pool in the world): CLP$ 430,000 per night (£413)

There are many places to visit in Chile:

  • La Araucanía’s National Park Trifecta and El Tatio geysers: A popular tourist attraction, these geysers are astonishingly beautiful and well worth the trip as they are the third-largest geysers in the world. It’s a 90-minute drive from San Pedro de Atacama and most travellers have to leave early morning as tour guides aim to get to the geysers by sunrise, but it is well worth the effort. Make sure to bring a swimsuit as there are also thermal pools nearby
  • Wine-tasting courses: Chile is known for its world-class vineyards that have been producing wine for over 400 years. Make sure to try out wine tasting in Santiago or Casablanca Valley on your travels around the country – you won’t be disappointed
  • Valle de Muerte: Also known as “Death Valley”, Valle de Muerte is an incredible place to visit. Located near San Pedro de Atacama, you can go sandboarding or horseback riding, with some tours happening overnight too
  • Santiago: Chile’s capital is a thriving city with quite a few must-see attractions. To name some, make sure to visit Parque Metropolitano, the Museum of Human Rights, and the Festival del Barrio Brasil with Barrio Bellas Artes that are all popular with tourists
  • Parque Nacional Torres del Paine: Make sure to visit some of the best hiking tours Chile has to offer. Located between the Andes and Patagonian steppe, Torres del Paine is one of the most beautiful regions on the planet and welcomes travellers from all around the world

What denominations do Chilean Pesos come in?

The Chilean Peso comes in the following denominations:


1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000 and 20,000 pesos


1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 pesos

Leftover Chilean Peso?

No problem. We’ll buy back Chilean Pesos you have leftover at excellent rates, leaving you with more cash in your pocket (and a tidier desk drawer).

Chilean Peso FAQs

What kind of a currency is CLP?

The code for the Chilean Peso is CLP, and the currency symbol is CL$ or $.

What is the Chilean currency?

Chilean Pesos! Chilean Peso is the official currency used in the Republic of Chile. At the time of writing, one pound will get you CL$ 1,012.

How much does a meal cost in Chile?

Eating out in Chile isn’t too expensive though prices get a lot higher the further south you travel thanks to higher transportation costs. You can get a meal that includes a starter, main, dessert, and drink for about CL$ 5,000-6,000 in most Chilean restaurants.

What is the best time to go to Chile?

The best time to visit Chile is in late October or early April if you are looking to save some money and beat the crowds. December, January and February are the busiest months thanks to hot weather (the daily temperatures start around 28-30 °C), whereas winter is not particularly great time to visit as the temperatures can drop below freezing.

Is water in Chile safe to drink?

The tap water in Chilean cities is generally safe, though it can cause stomach upsets thanks to a higher mineral content than in the UK.

If you are planning on travelling outside of cities, purchasing a LifeStraw or any other water purifying tools ahead of your travels might be a good idea. These straws can remove bacteria, parasites and other contaminants from any water source, making any water safe to drink. 

Is Chile dangerous for tourists?

Chile is considered as a safe country to visit and generally ranks higher than other South American destinations. However, petty theft and bag snatching still do occur so always make sure to stay vigilant, especially when riding the bus or visiting busy touristy areas.

What language is spoken in Chile?

As Chile is a Latin-American country, Spanish is the main spoken language. Nearly everyone speaks and communications in Spanish as it is their first language.

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