Chile – known for its street art, street food & for having the tallest building in Latin America (Gran Torre) since 2011/2012.
It is also the longest and narrowest country worldwide, being 4270 km long and only 400 km wide.
But what to do in Chile?
The Torrel del Paine is a stunning hiking path.
The Marbel Caves (Cuevas de Mármol) are absolutely breathtaking.
And, if you can and have the time for it, the mysterious Easter Island should be visited as well with the Moai statues.
There is no reason to be bored in this long country.
But before you share your colorful Chile experiences online, be aware that international roaming can be expensive.
Travel eSIMs can be a much more affordable way to stay connected, even in Chile.
How much will a travel eSIM for Chile cost?
You can get a travel eSIM for Chile for as little as 11 USD, with 1 GB for 7 days, up to 54 USD, for 5 GB, from Airalo, Holafly & Nomad.
While this may sound a bit pricey but international roaming will be even more expensive.
So yeah, these travel eSIMs can be worth it.
In this guide, I will go over the travel eSIM options offered by Airalo, Holafly & Nomad. Let's go.
Original publication: 26th of August 2022. Last updated: 29th of November 2022.
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eSIMs offered by the Chilean Mobile Operators
Suppose you want to get the best service and reception available in Chile.
In that case, it is better to get a SIM card or travel eSIM from the local mobile operators, which in this case would be the Chilean ones.
Not only will you not have to deal with latency, but you also get a higher priority on the network because you are a direct customer of the mobile operator instead of a roamer.
And with most travel eSIMs, you are roaming on the network(s) of the local mobile operator(s).
But that is not always the case – the slow speeds part, that is.
Some mobile operators throttle the speeds of prepaid customers because they want more people to get a postpaid plan.
Unfortunately, travelers cannot get postpaid plans – so one way to avoid throttling is by using a travel eSIM.
Yes – travel eSIMs sometimes have faster speeds than native prepaid customers because of throttling.
So, which Chilean mobile operators offer eSIMs to prepaid customers?
Unfortunately, none of the local mobile operators offer eSIMs to prepaid customers.
But you have three other options for getting an eSIM for your trip to Chile: Airalo (with Altoque), Holafly & Nomad.
One of the main advantages of getting a travel eSIM for Chile is that you do not have to try to speak (broken) Spanish to get a local eSIM and you can set up the eSIM before arriving in Chile and activate it upon landing.
I have to mention that travel eSIMs will be more expensive than local eSIMs and SIM cards, but they are more convenient.
Moreover, I have plenty of experience with the eSIMs from Airalo, Holafly, Nomad, so I can vouch for them – so can many Phone Travel Wiz readers!
So let's go over what the travel eSIMs offer for Chile!
Airalo eSIMs for Chile (Altoque)
If you have read any of my eSIM or SIM card buying guides before, then you know I am a big fan of Airalo.
Not only does Airalo have eSIMs for most countries (around 190 countries) of any eSIM platform, but they are also often one of the cheapest while offering fantastic service in terms of speeds and reception.
That is because Airalo usually partners up with the mobile operator with the best coverage, the fastest speeds, both, or even multiple operators.
That way, you get the best bang for your buck, I have to say.
Another bonus? This eSIM is one of the few Airalo eSIMs that allow you to make calls and send SMS – you even get call credit!
In the case of Chile, Altoque uses the Movistar Chile network.
So, which Chile Altoque eSIMs are available? You have these three options:
- Chile/Altoque 7 GB eSIM for 5 days, costing 11 USD
- Chile/Altoque 15 GB (with 500 local minutes & 500 local SMS) – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
- Chile/Altoque 20 GB (with 500 local minutes) eSIM for 30 days, – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
The Airalo links will automatically get you the available Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers – a code is unnecessary.
- Check out my Airalo eSIM reviews
Airalo Altoque eSIM Pros
Are there any (more) reasons why you should get the Altoque eSIM? Yes, there are:
- You can activate your Altoque eSIM as soon as you land in Chile
- You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access to Movistar Chile's network
- You can make calls and send SMS with the Altoque eSIM (unique)
- Altoque eSIMs are affordable (especially compared to roaming)
- Multiple top-ups can be purchased when you are out of data or when your initial plan expires easily on the Airalo site or apps
I could list many more pros, but these are the major ones.
Unfortunately, there are some cons to be aware of.
Airalo Altoque eSIM Cons
Why should you not get the Altoque eSIM?
- The Chilean mobile operators, including Movistar Chile itself, have much more generous data allowances
- While you get access to Movistar Chile's network, your speeds may not be as fast as going with Movistar Chile itself because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
- There is no 5G NR access with the Altoque eSIM (yet)
Airalo Altoque eSIM Overall Thoughts
The Altoque eSIM is a convenient eSIM that can be purchased before going to Chile and can be activated upon arriving.
You get access to one of Chile's best networks with the Altoque eSIM.
And you get even a local Chilean phone number, which is uncommon with most travel eSIMs.
Remember, you cannot call or text with the Altoque eSIM, as it is a data-only eSIM.
Nomad eSIMs for Chile
Nomad is one of the eSIM players on the market that managed to grow quickly.
That is because it is one of the few premium eSIM players out there, often using multiple partners to bring you the best coverage and speeds out there.
As a result, Nomad is often (slightly) more expensive than Airalo.
But good people run the company.
For example, upon my recommendation, it started offering the Nordics regional eSIM – an eSIM that can be used in Denmark, Finland, Sweden & Norway.
And many more regional eSIMs are coming – I can promise you that!
Anyway, what did I mean with “often using multiple partners to bring you the best coverage and speeds out there” earlier?
In Chile, Nomad uses the Truphone network, which uses a combination of local networks (including the aforementioned Movistar Chile network), allowing your eSIM to switch to the network with the best reception automatically.
This way, you will always have a connection (unless you are in the middle of a jungle, of course 🤪).
You have the following three options with Nomad for Chile:
- Chile 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 20 USD/20 EUR/17 GBP/26 CAD
- Chile 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 48 USD/47.50 EUR/40 GBP/62 CAD
- Chile 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 54 USD/53.50 EUR/45 GBP/69.50 CAD
Now, these prices are significantly higher when looking at the Airalo ChileAltoque eSIM, especially the 1 GB variant.
And I can tell you that Phone Travel Wiz readers do not get the 1 GB or 3 GB variants at all – they are too costly.
However, the readers who get the Nomad Chile eSIM go for the 5 GB variant.
Mostly because the Airalo Chile Altoque eSIM has only the 15 GB version, which requires multiple top-ups if you want more data and has a 10-day validity.
And, unlike the Altoque eSIM, the Nomad Chile uses multiple networks instead of just one (Movistar Chile), giving you much better coverage and faster speeds.
But you can reduce the costs 3 USD/2.85 EUR/2.45 GBP/4.10 CAD off your first Nomad purchase when using code ADU123!
I am looking out for you there 😏.
- Check out my Nomad reviews
Nomad Chile eSIM Pros
Are there any (more) reasons why you should get the Nomad Chile? Yes:
- You can activate your Nomad Chile eSIM as soon as you land in Chile
- You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access to multiple Chilean networks, allowing you to always have the best coverage and speeds
- Nomad Chile eSIMs are affordable compared to roaming
- Nomad offers the most options (three) and longest validity (30 days) of any travel eSIM in this guide
- Multiple top-ups can be purchased when you are out of data or when your initial plan expires easily on the Nomad site or apps
But it is not all good news with Nomad though – there are some disadvantages.
Nomad Chile SIM Cons
Why should you not get the Nomad Chile eSIM?
- Chilean mobile operators have much more generous data allowances
- While you get access to multiple Chilean networks, your speeds may not be as fast as going with the mobile operators directly because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
- Nomad has the most expensive plans for Chile in this guide
- There is no 5G NR access with the Nomad Chile eSIM (yet)
- You cannot call or text with the Nomad Chile eSIM (nor can you receive them – you get no (local) phone number)
Nomad Chile eSIM Overall Thoughts
Overall, the Nomad Chile eSIM is an excellent premium eSIM offering the most options and longest validity in this guide.
And because the Nomad Chile eSIM uses multiple networks, you will always have the best reception when traveling around Chile.
The main con is that Nomad has the most expensive options in this guide.
And you cannot make calls and send SMS with the Nomad Chile SIM because it is a data-only eSIM.
Holafly eSIMs for Chile
My relationship with Holafly is quite funny.
I knew they existed when they offered travel SIM cards for the Spanish market only.
Then they pivoted to the global market, still offering travel SIM cards.
Eventually, they started offering travel eSIMs for the Spanish market only again before going global.
There are many travel eSIM providers nowadays – new ones pop up every week like mushrooms, so I did not bat an eye.
Until they did something revolutionary.
In 2022, Holafly started offering unlimited data plans for its eSIMs.
And these unlimited data eSIMs can be used in various Asian countries, almost all European Union member states (except for Liechtenstein) & a few other countries, like Canada and the United States.
Unfortunately, unlimited data eSIMs are not available in Chile… yet.
I say yet because Holafly's goal is to offer unlimited data plans for every country it covers: 100+ countries.
And I can tell you that I get positive emails multiple times a week from Phone Travel Wiz readers that have used the unlimited data plans in East- and Southeast Asia, Europe & North America; they love these eSIMs.
For now, you have only one Holafly Chile eSIM (which also uses the Movistar Chile network – the mobile operator with the best network and fastest speeds, by the way):
- Chile 6 GB eSIM for 15 days, costing 44 USD/47 EUR/34 GBP/67 AUD/59 CAD
Not much choice, as you can see.
You can get 5% off each and any Holafly purchase (so it does not have to be the Chile eSIM) when you use code PHONETRAVELWIZ – fantastic, right?
- Check out my Holafly reviews
Holafly Chile eSIM Pros
So, why should you get the Holafly Chile eSIM? Well, because of the following:
- Holafly Chile eSIMs are affordable compared to roaming
- You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access to Movistar Chile's network
- You can activate your Holafly Chile eSIM as soon as you land in Chile
- The Holafly Chile eSIM offers the most data
Holafly Chile eSIM Cons
Why should you not get the Holafly Chile eSIM?
- You cannot call or text with the Holafly Chile eSIM (nor can you receive them – you get no (local) phone number)
- Chilean mobile operators, including Movistar Chile, have much more generous data allowances
- While you get full (4G/LTE) access to Movistar Chile's network, your speeds may not be as fast as going with Movistar Chile directly because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
- You cannot top up your Holafly Chile eSIM – you would have to buy another eSIM if you need more data
- There is no 5G NR access with the Holafly Chile eSIM (yet)
Holafly Chile eSIM Overall Thoughts
While you have only one option for the Holafly Chile eSIM, it is the most generous eSIM (in terms of data) in this guide.
And the price for the Holafly Chile eSIM is low compared to expensive Pay As You Go roaming rates for Chile.
But it still is not cheap.
Best eSIMs for in Central- and South America (not just Chile)
Unfortunately, you cannot use your Airalo Altoque, Holafly Chile, or Nomad Chile eSIMs in any country than Chile.
However, Airalo has a new eSIM covering popular travel destinations in Central- and South America.
I highly recommend going with the Airalo Latamlink eSIM, which covers almost all of Central- and South America, if you plan on visiting multiple countries in the Americas, as you will save a lot of money when you do so.
The Eurolink eSIM is the most popular eSIM for Phone Travel readers, and the revamped Asialink eSIM has become popular quickly, so I have no doubt that the Latamlink eSIM will be popular too.
Just like in Asia and Europe, many readers tend to visit multiple Latin American countries, so they would rather have a travel eSIM covering multiple countries than just one (like Chile).
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- French Guiana
Below is an overview of how much each Latamlink eSIM costs:
- Latin America/Latamlink 1 GB eSIM for 1 day, costing 5 USD
- Latin America/Latamlink 2 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 28 USD
- Latin America/Latamlink 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 39 USD
- Latin America/Latamlink 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 60 USD
With the Latamlink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit.
Holafly also has an eSIM covering most of Latin America.
But honestly, the Latamlink eSIM is superior (but you can consider the Holafly South America eSIM if you want a bit more data (6 GB) for a shorter validity (15 days) for fewer countries (13 vs. 19) – just do not forget about code PHONETRAVELWIZ if you go with Holafly).
Overview of the Best eSIMs for Chile (Airalo vs. Holafly vs. Nomad)
In this guide, I went over various eSIMs Chile.
Below is an overview of my recommendation order:
- Airalo's Chile Altoque eSIM (best value for money)
- Airalo's Latamlink eSIM (can be used in 19 Latin American countries)
- Holafly Chile eSIM (great overall)
- Nomad Chile eSIM (most eSIM options)
Remember to use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for Holafly eSIMs and code ADU123 for Nomad eSIMs – a code is not necessary for Airalo eSIM purchases.
Buying a SIM Card in Chile
Do these eSIMs not sound appealing to you, or does your phone not support eSIMs (but still thought this guide was insightful enough that you read it until the end)?
Consider getting a Chilean SIM card instead – that linked guide is the most extensive SIM card buying guide for Chile on the web, packed with insightful information and tips.
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