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.
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vaccinations for travelling here
Chile is a land of stunning natural beauty, but this in itself can pose a health risk to travellers. There are a number of active volcanoes in the country, and there is a danger from the dust, ash and fumes created in the event of an eruption. For example, the Chaiten Volcano, in the Los Lagos area, is currently threatening to erupt, and several areas in the vicinity are restricted to people.
If you are in an area when an eruption occurs, stay indoors as far as possible, with doors and windows closed, and wear a face mask if you do have to go outside. Earthquakes are also a potential risk, as Chile is an earthquake zone which has seen a number of high magnitude events in recent years. The weather in Chile can be subject to extremes of temperature, and as well as sunburn and heatstroke, you should be aware of flooding during the rainy season and pollution or smog, especially in the winter months.
The non-vaccinated diseases which are prevalent in Chile are often spread by insect bites, so do everything you can to avoid being bitten, as well as taking the obvious precautions regarding safe food and drink to avoid food poisoning. Petty crime, including pickpocketing, is a risk for tourists especially in busy areas of the capital, Santiago. Violent crime is rare, although like anywhere else it does happen, so be careful to be subtle with your cash and valuables, stay as part of a group, and be vigilant especially after dark and if you have been drinking alcohol.
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