Chile may be as far south of the equator as Sydney or Capetown, but its time differs little from that of the Eastern United States. During the U.S. summer, Chile is on EST time; and during the U.S. winter, Chile is two hours ahead for daylight savings. In the past, the exact calendar change has varied. If planning a trip in April or September, be sure to double check. Chile is a very developed country with a good infrastructure and a high standard of living. The local currency, the peso, often looks like a dizzying figure to many travelers, as US$1 is, on average, around 500 pesos. To quickly calculate in your head, here’s a little tip: drop the last three zeros and multiply by two. Thus, 1,000 pesos would be about US$2.