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Pepe’s Chile- Wi-Fi in Chile

Pepe’s Chile- Wi-Fi in Chile
May 07
16:19 2012

This week in Pepe’s Guide to Chilean Culture and Travel he talks about where you can get online throughout Chile. Have any other suggestions? Let us know.

There are tons of places to get free Internet Wi-Fi in Chile. You just need to know where to find it and how to connect.

 

Businesses

Expect to see Wi-Fi hot spots in the traditional locations like coffee shops and wherever you’d sit and eat or spend some time.

Hotels and hostels also typically have Internet access. Free wireless Wi-Fi in Chile is growing in popularity; however, many hotels still like to charge for this access.

Santiago Metro

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Need to connect? There are many places to access Wi-Fi in Chile. Photo: D. Brewington

Many stations of the Santiago Metro system have free public Wi-Fi. The downside of Wi-Fi in Chile’s subway system is that you have to login with your national ID number (called a RUT) which, as a foreigner, you likely do not have. Upon logging in to access the Internet, you’ll have a free 30 minute session.

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Plaza de Armas in Santiago Centro is one of the places to connect to Wi-Fi. Photo by Jayne Scarman

Public Parks

Free public Wi-Fi is available in many of the large public plazas in Santiago like Plaza de Armas and Plaza Brazil.

Ask for the Password

While you’ll find free Wi-Fi in Chile, many of the wireless networks are secured, which means you’ll need the password. Many cafés or restaurants will secure their networks so that only customers may use the service.

If you notice a secure Wi-Fi network where you are visiting, just ask for the password. If you’ve already bought some food, it shouldn’t be a problem or provide any awkward moments.

Simply go up to the counter or ask and employee for the clave or password. For example: “¿Cúal es la clave para la red Wi-Fi?”

Don’t be surprised if the employee helping you writes down the password on a scrap paper and hands it to you.

Map of Free Wi-Fi in Chile

These sites have fairly accurate maps of open and free Wi-Fi in Chile so you can find a location near you:

http://www.wificafespots.com/wifi/city/CL–Santiago
http://www.trustive.com/hotspots/Chile/

As time passes, accessing Internet Wi-Fi in Chile is becoming more and more like accessing it anywhere else in the world. So regardless of where you’re from, getting on the Internet should be a very familiar process.

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Pepe was born a gringo but is a Chilean at heart. He is devoted to helping the world see just how amazing Chile is through his book, The Gringo’s Culture Guide to Chile and his blog Pepe’s Chile. You’ll also find him on Twitter: @pepeschile.
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