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Chile Travel Tips

Daniel talks about the various regions in his country and things to do in Chile.

Olga: Hey, Daniel, how are you?

Daniel: Hey Olga, I'm fine thanks. How are you?

Olga: Fine. Actually I have a favor to ask you.

Daniel: Yes, sure.

Olga: OK. Like my boyfriend and I are planning to go to Chile next month.

Daniel: Really?

Olga: Yes, so I was trying to ask if you could recommend us some place to go.

Daniel: Sure.

Olga: All over Chile. Actually we're planning to go to three places because we're planning to go to Chile for around one month so I think we have enough time.

Daniel: That's good.

Olga: Yes.

Daniel: So have you been to South America before?

Olga: No, never.

Daniel: Never?

Olga: No, we've never been outside of Mexico.

Daniel: Wow, so this is going to be your first time in South America?

Olga: Yes.

Daniel: Good. Well it depends what you want to do. You said about a month and also it depends on how much money you're taking.

Olga: We have been saving around like one year money so I think we have enough money to, you know, just travel around and don't worry about money.

Daniel: OK, good, because I think if you go to the right places you can save a lot of money.

Olga: Oh.

Daniel: Because if you go, you know, to like big fancy restaurants, you're going to take a lot of money but I can give you a lot of tips so you can save money and also have I think a much better time.

Olga: That would be great.

Daniel: OK. So I can recommend you about three places.

Olga: Yeah.

Daniel: The first one would be in the north.

Olga: Oh.

Daniel: We have a desert.

Olga: Yeah.

Daniel: So if you are OK with the heat.

Olga: Yeah, I'm OK. I'm from Mexico.

Daniel: OK, that's good then. It's called Atacama Desert and we have a lot of really, really nice places there.

Olga: Yeah.

Daniel: There's a place called San Pedro de Atacama. There's another one called The Valley of the Moon and it's supposed to be, it's supposed to look like the moon actually, that's why the name.

Olga: It sounds so romantic.

Daniel: It is. I've never been with my girlfriend but it should be romantic.

Olga: Yeah.

Daniel: There's also a lot of mountains and if you go to a couple of places near the Andes you can see a lot of beautiful lakes and you will also have to be careful with the altitude.

Olga: Oh, right, yeah, because I come from a really low place.

Daniel: Yeah.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

it depends


Well, it depends on what you want to do.

When one thing 'depends on' another, it means that there is a connection between the two and if one thing happens, then the other will happen. Notice the following:

  1. Our vacation plans will depend a lot on the weather.
  2. Your salary depends on the years of experience you have had.



I can give you a lot of tips so you can save money.

A 'tip' is a useful idea, hint or suggestion. Notice the following:

  1. You can learn a lot by reading the financial tips in this magazine.
  2. She is always interested in cooking tips.



So if you're okay with the heat.

'Heat' is the hotness or high temperature of a place. Notice the following:

  1. They keep the heat very low in their house, because it's expensive to keep it warm.
  2. The heat is so intense in the middle of the day that people stop working.

the Andes


If you go to a couple of places near the Andes you can see a lot of beautiful lakes.

The 'Andes' are a mountain range in South America. Notice the following:

  1. Cusco is a famous city which is surrounded by the Andes.
  2. Bus rides through the Andes are beautiful but scary.



You will also have to be careful with the altitude.

The 'altitude' of a place is how high it is above sea level. Notice the following:

  1. Many people get headaches from the altitude here.
  2. It is very difficult to exercise at a high altitude.

Vocabulary Quiz

depends on • tips • heat
the Andes • altitude
  1. It is dangerous to run long distances in like this.
  2. Your breathing will probably increase quickly, because this is very high .
  3. The price of these vegetables if they are grown locally or brought from some place.
  4. Do you have any about how to make the perfect turkey?
  5. The valleys in are great for growing vegetables.
Answer the following questions about the interview.


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