I have lived in Chile for more than 20 years and i still get surprised on how affectionate Chilean people can be, they greet you with a kiss, hug you, stroke you even when they don’t know you. If you come from a country where no one does these kind of greetings obviously you get a little bit suspicious about it, specially if you are a woman, but relax. Everyone in Chile does these kind of salutations, they do it with the goodness of their heart, they intend to be as friendly as possible because it is part of their nature to do it.

Here is a list of salutations:

Hola Amigo = hi, friend

Hola Compadre = hi,  friend

Hola Mijita = little lady.

Hola Mijito = little Boy

¿Cómo tai? = how are you doing?

¿Cómo te va? = how are you doing?

¿Qué onda? = What are you doing ? / How are you?

You can always count that someone will try to kiss you in the cheek before they say this to you, do not resist and enjoy your travel to Chile.