Pros and Cons of Living in Chile

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats and digital nomads have to say about the pros and cons of living in Chile.

What are the pros and cons of living in Chile?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Chile responded:

"I like living in a home that would cost five million if it was overlooking Lake Tahoe but cost less than half million here. I like owning my own natural spring with plenty of water all year. I like that in winter it hardly ever freezes and in summer we don't need A/C. I like the clean air, I like waking up in the clouds some mornings. I don't like the bureaucracy. Everything is more complicated. Takes longer or requires the blessing of the only notary in town. I have trouble finding gas fittings, I miss eating sweet potatoes, mexican food, chinese buffets, BBQ and going to the movies," explained one expat living in Pucon.

"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," said another expat in living in Pucon, Chile.

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