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Hi everyone,

i am planning a trip to Chile/Bolivia in August and need some oppinions of you guys. My trip starts at Santiago and i am going in northern direction, the time i am staying down there is 5 weeks. Following cities/towns are on my tour so far:
Santiago - Valparaiso - La Serena - Copiapo - Caldera - Antofagasta - San Pedro de Atacama
Now there are 2 possibilities in my eyes:
1. Crossing the border to Bolivia (Salar de Uyuni) and then go to La Paz
2. Go further north to Arica and cross the…

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Hi All, as promised, here is a video of our itinerary in Chile last January. I hope it inspires you all for the future, New Years eve in Valparaiso was brilliant!
https://vimeo.com/163171541

Itinerary:
New years eve in Valparaiso
Surfing in Buchupureo
Wine tasting in Santa Cruz
Pisco tasting and star gazing in Valle del Elqui
And grand finale with Desert dreaming in the Atacama
Feel free to contact me for the full itinerary, we also went to santiago for a foodie weekend.

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I'm a dual US and mexican citizen at the same time. I visited Chile in November 2015 as a mexican citizen. I wasn't too crazy about paying the 23 usd reciprocity fee but since my plan was to enter Bolivia to visit Uyuni via San Pedro de Atacama (which is totally worth it) it was either pay a 23 reciprocity fee at Chile international airport or pay an entrance visa in Bolivia for 160 USD plus the exit stamp fee.

I'm going to visit Chile again in November 2016 but I don't know which passport to…

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Hi all,

we are a couple and we are thinking about driving on the Carretera Austral for 4 days in November (as part of a 3 weeks Chile/Argentina Andes journey. But we are not sure yet if this is a good idea, so we kindly ask you for your advice.

We are planning to rent a car in Puerto Montt and return it there.We have already been in Chiloé, this is why this time, we want to travel via El Chaiten/Pumalín. We want to hike a lot.

1) Is it worth doing parts of the Carretera Austral in 4 days - or…

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Hi all!
I will be traveling from arequipa to santiago in only 6 days. I would love to spend 2 or 3 nights in Valparaiso and 2 or 3 nights in a laidback beach village, preferably one to break the loong busride arica - santiago AND one that is on the route. Can anyone recommend me a nice sleepy village where I can walk around, swim and have some nice fish?
Thank you!!

Sophia

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How difficult is the W Circuit and what is the terrain like? Is it steep uphill/downhill, climbing over boulders? I know it can get windy. I have done Annapurna (was a bit tough uphill) and thought Milford/Routeburn in NZ were ok. Anyone can give me any comparisons to these?

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Visas

Hi, My wife and I have previously lived in several countries for a year at a time. Usually, we find it easier to exit and re-enter the country after the 3-month visit limit to extend our stay. We are now planning on living in Chile for a year. We know that the tourist visa is for 3 months, and you can extend it another 3 months for a fee, but what about after that. Can you exit the country and re-enter and start the process again. Or is this not allowed in Chile?
Thanks for any info.
Barry

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Hey all -

My husband and I both work remotely, so we're planning on taking advantage of that and doing an extended stay in Santiago during December before heading up to Colombia to do Christmas with our family there. I'm wondering if you all have any recommendations for which neighborhoods we should focus our AirBnb search on, or even if you have specific recommendations of AirBnbs you've stayed in. We're looking for the following (in order of priority):
1. Access to fast internet! This one is…

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Im travelling to Santiago for 2 weeks for work. My colleagues will show me around locally in the evening and lunches etc, but if you could only visit one place in Santiago (or surrounds) what would it be? I am happy to overnight somewhere if a little further away, or do 2 day trips (Saturday and sunday). I have very little Spanish, barely the basics but have locals who will help me. I like markets, traditional sites, history, architecture, gardens. I don't like touristy over-inflated sites…

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Hey,

Was wondering if there is a good place for making a break in between San Pedro de Atacama and Santiago, like a town where one can stay for a day or two?
Also, what are the ways of getting from San Pedro to Santiago? I've been told recently by a Chilean couple that there is a plane for only 30 USD? Anyone knows anything about it?