Approximately 75% of Chileans are Roman Catholic, but there is a freedom of religious expression throughout Chile. In general though, religion is practised widely and still is very much part of daily life for most Chileans.
Etiquette requires that you ask permission before photographing local people (especially indigenous people), unless you are shooting a crowded public scene. This applies especially to small children. Please be considerate of a desire not to be photographed. Photography is not permitted at some designated locations, which may include some museums and private houses, for example. These areas are usually clearly marked. In general, avoid taking photographs of airport, government buildings and installations, bridges and military and police personnel.
Better safe than sorry
In Chile - and then we mean mostly in urban areas - the same security measures apply as in any other country: be attentive to your luggage & personal belongings at airports and public spaces, leave valuables in your safe deposit box, avoid forgetting personal items in restaurants or coaches and make sure your credit card is being processed in front of you (most restaurants have mobile credit card machines). Furthermore, we suggest you to have a hard copy of your passport and to avoid getting close to demonstrations or irregularities in public areas.
Local food and drinks
With the largest Pacific coastline in the world, Chile's fish and seafood is obviously in abundance. The quality is exceptional and always fresh. Meat is also popular and of very high quality, especially Patagonian lamb. The empanada is great for a light meal or snack - a pastry parcel with several fillings available, although the chopped beef (pino), and cheese (queso) varieties are particularly tasty. Chilean vegetables and fruit are varied and of superb quality. Whatever you decide to eat, you will always find a good Chilean wine to accompany it, and what better way to whet your appetite than with a Pisco Sour cocktail!
Chileans tend to eat fairly late, with 2.00pm a typical hour for lunch, and 9.00- 10.00pm for dinner. People do dress smartly for dinner, but a coat and tie are rarely necessary. Prices are relatively low, compared to European destinations. American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Diners are widely accepted. The general rule for tipping is a flat 10% in restaurants, although you can leave more when you feel you have had good service.
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