If you are ever lost in Chile or need directions, you are in for an adventure.
The good news is that Chileans are friendly and always willing to help, especially if you are a foreigner.
This willingness to help, however, often leads them to give directions that aren’t always accurate.
Instead of saying “I don’t know where that is” or “I don’t know how to get there,” a Chilean may proceed to give you directions anyway.
Unfortunately, these erroneous directions aren’t always easy to spot. They are given with confidence and sound reasonable.
Even if the directions are accurate, the way they are given to you may be confusing and you may understand them one way when the Chilean really meant something else.
So if you are in doubt about where you are traveling, ask a few people and get your detailed directions from cross-checking the facts.
Otherwise, don’t be surprised if you follow directions only to still be lost.