Chile – more magic than you might think
They say never judge a book by its cover. With Chile, this couldn’t ring any more true. But if you plan on heading over, you’ll need something with you to pay, so make sure you’re well stocked on peso. Exchange AUD to CLP with Travel Money Oz and get ready for a unique South American getaway.
Chile has some of the world’s most famous ancient sculptures, breathtaking volcanos, unbelievable local wildlife, and a culture unlike anywhere you’ve ever been. This bizarrely narrow nation is also home to the sculptures of Easter Island, some outstanding geysers, and, of course, the Chilean peso (which you’ll need to properly enjoy your time here).
Important note: If you’re bringing in (or taking out) US$10,000 in any currency to Chile, it will need to be declared with customs. Also, some local vendors will accept USD but their exchange rates will most likely not be favourable, so you may want to get yourself some pesos before heading over.
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Pick up locally
With over 140 convenient store locations across Australia, you can securely pick up your Chilean Pesos with no hassles.
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Coins and notes
Chilean peso coins offer values of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500 pesos a piece.
On the top end of the scale, you’ll find notes worth 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000 pesos each.
How many currencies have standard notes worth 20,000x more than another common piece of currency? Not many.
Facts about the currency
- The Chileans have a smorgasbord of nicknames for their money – like luca for 1,000 pesos, quina for 500 pesos and gamba for 100 pesos.
- Not even the locals care much for the 1 peso and 5 peso coins. They’re more likely to be used for decoration than spending.
- Watch out for the 2008 misprinted 50 peso coins with ‘Chile’ misspelled as ‘Chiie’. They’re now worth quite a bit! If only all our mistakes were as valuable.
- The pricier banknotes are often nicknamed after the people who appear on them, such as gabriela for Gabriela Mistral on the 5,000 peso note.