I am following up a previous post with a more detailed request for information now that we have a more solid itinerary. My wife and I will be flying into Puerto Montt (staying Puerto Varas) on 20 Nov and plan to make an overland bus trip to Bariloche (departing 29 Nov). We would like to stop along the way between the two for some hiking and sight-seeing. All advice about this route or sights would be welcome.
Specifically, I am wondering about the following:
1) What bus company…
I'm sure this has been asked/answered here but should I book campsites in advance for late November in TDP?
Also any recommendations of hostels to stay at in Puerto Natales before the big hike, ideally with tent/supply rentals?
We are heading to South America a couple of months and we have booked already a return flight on 1 juli 2016 (departing in Mexico)
I have heard that you need to show proof of onwards travel before heading to Chile as the visa expires after 90 days (we fly with United Airlines departing in Schiphol Netherlands).
I was wondering what others have done to get around this.
I was thinking of booking a bus to Chile online (if even possible)but we probably will not use that ticket so if it's not…
We want to do a day trip to see king penguins in Tierra del Fuego from Punta Arenas. What we found are either bus tours with a VERY long ride, or uber expensive tours including a flight to Porventir.
But is it possible to fly into Porvenir, rent a car there (or at least book a reasonably priced tour with a driver), go to see penguins, and return by plane to Punta Arenas that same afternoon? How far is the penguin colony from Porvenir timewise? And will the penguins actually be there late…
We will be for two days in Copiapo, and want to do a day trip to Nevado Tres Cruces. While I was able to find a somewhat reasonably priced tour, I was wondering how difficult is it to visit it on our own? My main concern is getting lost there. (We don't have a GPS device that will work in Chile, and I am not sure how good of a GPS we can get when renting a car in Copiapo.) Also, is it mandatory to rent an SUV, or the roads are doable in a sedan?
Thank you in advance!
Hi, my friend and I fly into Santiago on a Thursday in January at 7am and we don't have to be back till late so we want to take a tour around. theres a good intro tour that starts at 9am . but does anyone know how long it takes to get through customs etc then into the city? and/or does anyone have any suggestions on how they would spend their one day in Santiago.
A few days ago I booked some flights to Easter Island as part of a longer Chile/Peru trip. I asked a friend who said that 3 nights was enough, then booked my flights. I've got a gnawing feeling that I'm going to really love it and want to stay longer. I'll be the in early Feb, which coincides with the Tapati festival, so there should be lots going on.
I've got flexible flights and so can change to a flight 2 days later giving me 5 nights on the island.
Can anyone that's been say what…
My sister and I are flying from Australia to Ecuador/Peru and have a 5.5 hour layover (arrive 11:20am) and on our return flight a 6.5 hour (arrive 6:55am) layover in Santiago International Airport. I understand Australians have to pay a reciprocity fee to enter Chile, which we are willing to pay provided it is feasible to leave the airport and see a little of Santiago. My questions are:
Do we have enough time to leave the airport and visit a little of Santiago? How busy is the airport for…
After a few hours searching the web for a solution to my problem, I decided to appeal to the experts at Thorn Tree.
I will be staying in a hotel near Plaza de Armas, in Santiago. On a Monday morning, I will eat breakfast at the earliest time and take the Metro to Alameda Bus Station. From there, I will take the direct bus to Valparaiso.
In the ideal plan, I would leave my suitcase at the left luggage in the bus station where I will arrive in Valparaiso, spend the whole day in Valpo/Viña, coming…
I plan to apply for an exchange program to spend a semester teaching at a Chilean university in a few years. I would like to collaborate with researchers in Chile, so need some time to establish connections. I'm currently trying to decide which universities/cities to focus on.
This would be a 4-5 month program, with extra time for travel, and my wife and young children would come, too. Ideally, the kids would be able to go to a local school and lean Spanish during our stay (they know some now…