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The Low Down on Chilean Currency


Chilean Pesos

Currency code:


Central Bank:

Banco Central de Chile

Currency symbol:


Bank notes:

1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 pesos


1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500 pesos

The official currency in Chile is the peso which is abbreviated to CLP. 1 Peso is divided into 100 centavos. Despite this, centavos coins are no longer currently in circulation.

The peso is issued by Chile’s central bank, Banco Central de Chile and, in its current form, was introduced in 1975; with a different version previously in circulation from 1817.

Chileans have colloquial names to refer to particular denominations of pesos, including; ‘luca’ for 1000 pesos, ‘quina’ for 500 pesos and ‘gamba’ for either 100 or 100,000 pesos.

Learn more about the AUD to CLP Exchange Rate and its economical influences.

What to spend your Chilean pesos on:

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    Street food meal

    5,000 CLP *

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    Bottle of local beer

    1.900 CLP *

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    Local bus ticket

    690 CLP *

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    Movie ticket

    4,500 CLP *

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    Easter Island national park ticket

    27.72 CLP *

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Must-sees in Chile

  • Easter Island
  • Although a few thousand miles from mainland Chile, the lures of Easter Island are many. Explore one of the world’s most isolated civilisations, famous for its mysterious Maoi statues, impeccable scenery and intriguing indigenous culture.
  • Santiago
  • Chile’s largest city sits between the scenic Andes peaks and the Chilean coast region offering a unique beauty rarely seen. In contrast, it’s known for its incredible museums and world-class restaurants, you’ll be surprised by the vibrancy and sophistication of this thriving metropolis.
  • Patagonia
  • Sitting at South America’s southernmost point, Patagonia encompasses parts of both Chile and Argentina. Majestic mountains and glaciers meet in this wild and vast region of unmistakable beauty and solitude. Pristine rivers, ragged peaks and forests of green will excite your senses and stay on your mind long after you’ve left.

Buying Chilean pesos Online is Easy

Simply order your Chilean pesos online to lock in the rate, then choose to collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly, or get it delivered to your home!

  • 1. Click the ‘Buy Pesos Now’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip.

  • 2. Choose how to get it
  • Get your currency home-delivered or choose to collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.

  • 3. Pay online
  • Simply pay using either your debit card (recommended) or credit card and you’re all set!

Travelling to Chile in the Future?

Travelling to Chile in the Future?

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  • Are ATMs widely used in Chile?

    ATMs are widely used throughout Chile and are found at most banks, shopping centres and gas stations. ATMs are referred to as 'un Redbanc' in Chile.

  • Is the US dollar widely accepted in Chile?

    Although some hotels and large establishments may accept US dollars, the USD are not widely- accepted in Chile.

  • What credit cards are accepted in Chile?

    MasterCard™ and Visa™ are widely-accepted throughout Chilean cities and tourist hot spots; however certain places may not accept them so you may want to have at least some Chilean pesos in cash. Cards such as Diners and American Express are accepted in some places, but Discover Card and JCB cards are rarely accepted.

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*Rates are subject to change throughout the day. In-store rates vary compared to online.

**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

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