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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Retirees share their experiences living in Chile. What are the challenges and rewards of retiring in Chile?

How do I meet people in Chile?

When we asked people living in Chile about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"Sports at a reputable club. Meet the residents in the. Holding where one s to live. Get in loved in the s books your children (if any) go to. Sign up for a soccer (futbol) club," explained one retiree living in Santiago.

"My experience from visiting the last 2 years is to just start a conversation with someone who speaks english. DON'T rush. They do things much slower in Chile then the US. Relax- and just let things happen. It is surprising how well you can get to know someone over a 10 minute conversation. Get a drink or coffee- whatever you do- If you want to make friends- DO NOT BE AFRAID TO MEET THEM," said another retiree in living in Santiago, Chile.

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What is life like in Chile?

When we asked people living in Chile what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"The typical Chilean works +10 hours a day. That is due to his not being able to focus for eight to leave on time. In general, families focus on families. Weekends are considered as religious family lunches and meetings," commented one retiree living in Santiago, Chile.

"Family- Friends- NOT MONEY If you like tennis and futball- it would even be better," explained one retiree living in Santiago.

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What do I need to know before retiring in Chile?

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

"Santiago I would give them advice to be open minded, considerate of the local cultures, and respectful of local traditions. I have lived in three different countries around the world and no one can honestly say what it's like to live in any of those countries until they experience it for," explained one retiree living in Santiago.

"MOVE TODAY! Chile is like the pearl of Latin America. Great economy, standard of living, and it reminds me of what the US was like 50 years ago. Friends and family are much more important then the number of toys that you have or the amount of yourt salary," said another retiree in living in Santiago, Chile.

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What type of recreational activities are there in Chile?

" Pucon is blessed with lakes, rivers, three national parks, a national forest, a ski slope, salmon fishing, river rafting, sailing, scuba diving, parasailing, parachute jumping, canoeing/kayaking, trecking, cycling, jogging and marathons. There is a golf course, the main hotels have swimming pools and in the surrounding areas there are several hot springs / day spas. There are tennis courts, massage parlors, exercise rooms, gymnasium, yoga classes. Plenty to see and do. ," remarked another retiree in Pucon.

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Where will I buy groceries and do other shopping in Chile?

" In Pucon there are three large stores. Unimark, a Walmart food clone with more imported products. A Expres Lider that is quite complete, three El Tit stores with a hardware and lumber yard included. Across from the Express Lider is a farmers market greengrocers store where in season fresh veggies can be found. All organic and local grown with no pesticides or fertilizers. There is a Falabella store, like a small Sears with an on-line catalog system, local delivery or pick-up at the store. All of these are on the main drag of Pucon which in every city in Chile is named Bernardo O'Higgins. For larger purchases, Villarica has the same stores but also a larger hardware store and more specialty stores. As construction is booming, there are many lumber yards and businesses selling windows, doors, roofing, flooring and appliances. Finding something as simple as raisins or BBQ sauce, for example, can be a challenge. ," remarked another retiree in Pucon.

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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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