When we chose Chile for a year of adventure, one of our reasons was wanting to live in a country where we could explore within it’s national borders. With Covid protocols varying from country to country, we didn’t want to skip around countries, dealing with different restrictions, quarantines, and unexpected requirements.
Chile seemed an ideal location because of the national parks and natural districts, access to Antarctica, access to Easter Island, and more. As we’ve discovered, moving within Chile isn’t easy. Restaurants require we show a Pase Mobilidad (vaccine certification) to dine. Our national flights have stringent requirements. Rapa Nui has it’s own set of requirements. And national parks are open on a limited capacity due to Covid.
Perhaps better research would have revealed this reality, but now we’re here and we’ve living it. Also, restrictions are in flux, changing while we’re here, so preparation could not have helped us with some of the snafus.
We’ve learned Chile requires patience. Every task seems to take longer than expected. Parking the car, buying groceries, downloading PDFs, getting through airport security. We’re readjusting our expectations around time management and efficiency goals.