Updated 5th November, 2019:
It is important to us that we keep our guests up-to-date with the recent situation in Chile. The Undersecretary of Tourism and the National Tourism Board has reported that while the country is going through a social crisis, the country’s tourism continues to operate throughout as usual. The most popular destinations visited by international tourists, such as San Pedro de Atacama, Chilean Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park, are operating with normality. Even in cities such as Santiago, Concepción, Valparaíso, Coquimbo and Antofagasta, which have experienced citizen demonstrations mostly in their downtown areas, still offer many alternatives for sightseeing in nearby destinations. All airports throughout the state are open and operating as normal although we still advise that guests check with their airline regarding their flight status.
In Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales – tourism services such as hotels, restaurants, excursions, and transportation remain without any delays or interruptions and the airports and bus stations are operating with normality.
The Government of Chile determined that the country will no longer host the APEC or COP25, events that were scheduled for November and December of this year. Today the country’s priority is to promote a new social agenda and initiate a broad and profound process of dialogue and to listen to the civil society throughout the country. Large protests – the majority peaceful – still continue throughout Santiago and Valparaíso. It is expected that protests and demonstrations will continue in Santiago and surrounding cities until the government acknowledges clear signs of changes.
We recommend that travelers monitor official updates for any changes that may affect their travel plans, always carry proper identification, and to remain in contact with us for any additional information, questions or concerns they may have. We continue to follow the current events and will offer information to our guests to be sure they are aware of the most recent details.
We recommend that guests have a travel insurance policy for any unforeseen events or changes that may affect their program or travels. Travel insurance can be purchased directly on our website through WorldNomads.
Sending the best from Chile,
Chile Nativo Staff