Chilean society is built on the back of social connections. These networks of relationships are formed amongst family, neighbors, co-workers, college buddies, and childhood friends.
Pituto is the Chilean slang for connections that come in handy in a variety of circumstances.
There is a saying in Chile, es mejor tener amigos que plata, which means “It is better to have friends than money.”
Do you need a new job? Pituto will help you find it through an old friend.
Want a private tour of the presidential palace? Pituto helps when your friend works there.
Having a hard time getting a reservation during the busy travel season? Don’t worry, pituto happens to have a cousin that works down there and can get you in.
Pituto is so pervasive that often times being on the outside is that much harder — for a gringo or a Chilean.
So just remember: friends are better than money in Chile.