Chile School Trip Guide

Here you’ll discover everything you need to know about your Evolve trip to Chile. Check out Plan for our guide on how to create the best trip for your students with important info on where to visit, eat and sleep for your groups needs and for tips on how to plan for insurance and more. Read Pack for what to bring for specific regions and seasons and Prepare for language tips, facts and local know-how.

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Why should my student group visit Chile?

An educational trip to Chile can be a fascinating educational and cultural experience for students.

First, determine the intended focus of your educational trip. This will help you decide which regions will best suit what your group is looking to experience.  Get insights below and download our full guide above to plan your perfect trip.

History – Learn about the history and culture of Chile’s capital as we visit Plaza de Armas, La Moneda Palace, San cristóbal hill, and more.

Language – Practice Spanish language throughout the country and in the capital, Santiago.

Outdoor Adventure – Explore Patagonia and visit Chile’s central valley and more.

Community Service – Visit a rural village throughout Chile that offers a chance to put some volunteer hours to good use while being immersed in a local community.

Mixed focus – Travel throughout Chile, honing your Spanish, Outdoor skills and awareness of the country’s social activism!

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Luggage – Any seasoned traveler will tell you: the lighter – the better! A small or medium sized suitcase or duffel will be perfect for your trip to Chile. Prepared packers also bring a couple spare plastic bags for wet clothes or separated laundry. For day trips, bring a backpack and a safe document or money holder that sits close to the body under a shirt or a fanny pack.

  • Small or medium suitcase or duffel bag
    • Backpack and/or purse for day trips and overnights
    • Safe money holder or fanny pack
    • Extra plastic bags / ziplocks

Clothing – In Chile there is a wide variety of climates: desert but mild in the north, Mediterranean in the centre, oceanic in the south, and cold in the Andes. Diverse packing is critical in Chile, as the temperature throughout the day and night changes hourly. Use layers to peel when weather is warmer or you are more active, or to add when you are on cooler climates or during the night. Pack to be comfortable for all activities – whether you’re hiking in the Mountain Highlands, on the coast or in the Jungle.

Accessories and Toiletries – Below are items for keeping you charged, comfortable and prepared. Before your trip, make sure you have spoken to a travel doctor about medications you will need and pack all necessary prescriptions.

  • Daily Use: sunglasses, watch, headlamp, compass, lock, pocket dictionary
    • Entertainment: camera, phone, book, diary (wall plugs are Type A, B and C, so bring a transforming plug!)
    • Water bottle, sunscreen, hand sanitizer
    • Toothbrush & toothpaste
    • Soap, shampoo & conditioner
    • Medications
    • Mosquito repellent (rain forest and warmer regions)

Packing for the North – On the coast, in cities like Arica, Iquique and Antofagasta it hardly ever rains: this area is occupied by the Atacama Desert, the driest place on Earth. October until April is the summer season, with hot, warm days of about 25°C and nights that are around 17°C. April to September is the winter season. During this season, temperatures range from 20°C in the day to about 15°C at night.

Below is your basic Packing List for the North Region

  • Socks, underwear, bras
    • 1 pair of jeans & 1 pair of breathable pants
    • 3 t-shirts
    • 3 long sleeve shirt
    • 2 light sweater or sweatshirt
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Scarf / bandanna
    • 1 pair of shorts
    • Shoes – Comfortable and supportive for hiking or for walking in the city.
    • Waterproof shoes
    • Sleepwear

Packing for the Central Region – Average temperatures at Chile’s Coast in cities like Santiago are warmer from December to April, ranging from highs of 28°C in the day and about 13°C at night. From May to November, weather does cool a little, but is still comfortable at about 20°C daily and 6°C at night from May to November. Climate becomes Mediterraneanin the narrow strip of plain, that is, mild and rainy in winter, and warm (or hot) and sunny in summer. Along the coast, however, the influence of the sea makes the summer cool: in Valparaiso, the average temperature goes from 17.5 °C in January and February, to 11.5 °C in June and July.

Check this list out if you are travelling to Santiago or Chile’s Coastal Region:

  • Socks, underwear, bras
    • 1 pair of breathable pants
    • 3 – 5 t-shirts
    • 2 pairs of shorts
    • 1 long light sleeve shirt
    • Bathing suit
    • Scarf / bandanna
    • Hat
    • Shoes – comfortable and supportive for hiking/daily use
    • Flip flops / waterproof sandals
    • Sleepwear
    • Light rain jacket
    • Light sweater

Packing for the Southern Region – has a climate that ranges from cool to cold. Average temperatures in Chile’s Oceanic climate range from 16-22°C during the in the summer months (November to April) and around 10-15°C (May to October) in the daytime with lows ranging from 5-12°C at night. becomes Mediterraneanin the narrow strip of plain, that is, mild and rainy in winter, and warm (or hot) and sunny in summer. Along the coast, however, the influence of the sea makes the summer cool: in Valparaiso, the average temperature goes from 17.5 °C in January and February, to 11.5 °C in June and July.  In Puerto Aysén, at a latitude of 45 degrees, the climate is cool and rainy throughout the year, and the average temperature goes from 14 °C in January to 4.5 °C in July, with a lot of rain fall.

Below is your basic Packing List for the Southern Region

  • Socks, underwear, bras
    • 1 pair of jeans & 1 pair of breathable pants
    • 2 t-shirts
    • 4 long sleeve shirt
    • 2 light sweater or sweatshirt
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Scarf / bandanna
    • 1 thick sweater or down jacket
    • Shoes – Comfortable and supportive for hiking or for walking in the city.
    • Waterproof shoes
    • Sleepwear

What to leave at Home – Carrying around extra pounds of luggage isn’t worth those extra shoes or that shirt you wear just one time. If you need help eliminating an item or two, check out the list below:
• Less practical and/or fancy clothing
• More shoes than needed
• Many heavy books
• BIG bottles of toiletries – swap for travel sized containers
• Heavy towels

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Spanish lesson

Looking to get a jump start on your Spanish language skills? Here are some greetings and expressions for you to practice just for fun!

Good morning: buenos días
Good afternoon: 
buenas tardes
Good night: 
buenas noches
Hello: 
Hola or Buenos
Good bye: 
Adios
See you soon:
 Hasta pronto
Excuse me: 
Con permiso
How are you?: 
Como está? Or Como le va?
Fine, thanks: 
bien, gracias
My name is: 
Me llamo…
What is your name?: Como se llama usted?
Pleased to meet you: 
Much gusto
Do you speak English?: 
habla inglés?
I don’t speak Spanish: 
no hablo español
I don’t understand
: no entiendo
I am from…:
Soy de (name your state or city)
Slower, please: 
más despacio, por favor
Where is: Donde esta
The bathroom: 
el baño or los servicios
The restaurant: 
el Restaurante
The bank: 
el banco
The beach: 
la playa
Pharmacy: 
farmacia
Hospital:
hospital
How much does it cost?: 
Cuanto cuesta? Or Cuanto vale?
Please: 
por favor
Thank you: 
gracias
You’re welcome: 
con gusto or de nada

Chilean Fun Facts: 

  1. Chile’s Atacama Desert is the driest place on Earth at 7,500 feet, There are even some parts of the region have never received a drop of rain.
  2. Chile is a world class wine destination, and the 9th largest producer of wine
  3. Chile’s Andes mountains has some of the world’s largest and still active volcanoes
  4. Chile is home to 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  5. Chile is home to Humboldt Penguins which are found in the north coast of Chile with a total population of 12,000 breeding pairs in the country.