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Pros and Cons of Living in Chile

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Dec 17, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Chile include its diverse landscape, ranging from the Atacama Desert in the north to the Patagonian glaciers in the south. The country also has a strong economy and a stable political system, making it a great place to live and work. Additionally, Chile has a rich cultural heritage, with a variety of festivals and celebrations throughout the year. The cons of living in Chile include its high cost of living, especially in the larger cities. Additionally, the country is prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, which can cause disruption and destruction. Finally, Chile has a large gap between the wealthy and the poor, which can lead to social unrest and inequality.

What are the pros and cons of living in Chile?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Chile responded:

"Expats and digital nomads in Chile appreciate the country's natural beauty, with its stunning landscapes, mountains, and beaches. They also enjoy the vibrant culture, with its diverse cuisine, music, and art. Additionally, the cost of living is relatively low, making it an attractive destination for those looking to stretch their budget. On the downside, the language barrier can be a challenge for those who don't speak Spanish, and the infrastructure in some areas can be lacking," remarked one expat in Chile.

"This city is known as the portal to the Chilean Patagonia. It is the second tourist destination and has almost everything to offer. Surrounded by mountains, volcanoes, national parks, lakes, rivers, trails, one hour from the beaches, one hour from the border with Argentina, all sorts of sports, trekking, skiing, sailing, whitewater rafting, canyoning, kayaking, biking, scuba diving, skydiving, flying, fishing, paragliding and shopping. Sorry, no hunting," explained one expat living in Pucon.

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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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