Planning your trip to Chile
Holiday Budget Calculator
We get it, doing your holiday budget is a snore fest. It's important though, so we've made it super easy for you to do now. Just punch in your holiday deets and we'll combine destination spend data with our exchange rates so you know how much to take. Easy peasy budget donesy!
About the currency
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.
The chart above shows how the Aussie dollar to CLP history has played out in recent months and years. Set a date range to see the trends and get a feel for whether now is a good time to purchase your Chilean pesos. You can sign up for currency alerts and when the exchange rates are where you want, you’ll get a notification so you can start compiling pesos.