Here are a number of randomly assorted pieces of information about fly fishing/backpacking/trekking/hitchhiking through Chile.
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- If you are a white foreigner, you may be called a gringo. If you are an American, you may be called a yankee (pronounced similar to “shunkee"). These words are generally not used in a disrespectful manner.
- Some Chileans feel encroached by foreigners who are buying up large amounts of land in their country. You can read about the topic here.
- Be very careful when lighting campfires while wild camping. The wind can be very harsh in southern Chile. There was an incident in 2011 when a backpacker in Torres del Paine National Park lit his used toilet paper on fire and subsequently started a wildfire that burned 34,000 acres of the park.
- Your time in Chile will no doubt be easier and more enjoyable if you can speak a basic level of Spanish. If you have free time, consider completing a week of Spanish language classes in Santiago before hitting the road.
- Books in Chile are often very expensive due to high taxes placed on them. If you are looking for a Spanish dictionary or some other book, your best bet is to search for someone selling used books on the street. You should bring your Spanish/English dictionary with you from home.
- Even if you are fluent in Spanish, there may be times when you have difficulty understanding Chileans due to their wide use of slang.