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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jun 10, 2023

Summary: Expats and digital nomads move to Chile for its low cost of living, its stunning natural beauty, and its vibrant culture. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in Chile are Santiago, Valparaiso, and Viña del Mar. People looking for a place to live in Chile can search online for rental listings, contact a real estate agent, or look for postings on local expat forums. Additionally, many expats and digital nomads find housing through word of mouth or by networking with other expats in the area.

What do I need to know before moving to Chile?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Chile, they said:

"It is important to research the cost of living in Chile before moving, as it can vary greatly depending on the city and region. It is also important to familiarize yourself with the local language, as Spanish is the official language of Chile. Additionally, it is important to understand the culture and customs of Chile, as they can be quite different from those of other countries. It is also important to research the visa requirements for entering and living in Chile, as these can vary depending on the individual's nationality. Finally, it is important to research the healthcare system in Chile, as it can be quite different from other countries," said one expat in Chile.

"Finding a place that you like in Chile without having your feet on the ground and able to see everything sounds risky. What we did was put all of our US possessions in 20x20 container with a 6 month delivery date. Then we came with just a few suitcases, lived in temporary housing, and found our place by physically going out and investigating places we were interested in. Puerto Varas and Pucon are the two nicest places in the south of Chile that I can recommend. The expats who don't want to live in a big city like Santiago would do well to consider the beautiful, laid back but tasteful cities in the Lakes region," remarked one expat who made the move to Puerto Varas.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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