Replies: 15 - Last Post: Oct 18, 2012 11:31 AM Last Post By: nadjadg
Sep 25, 2012 12:21 PM
Chile Dec/JanWe will be arriving in Santiago and intend to hire a car and drive to
Maipo Valley and the wineries,
Pucon and the Lake District,
Valdiva to Chiloe then to Puerto Montt for some rafting at Futaleufu,
A cruise up the Fjords.
Then either train or fly back to Santiago to visit Valapariso and Vina del Mar
Easter Islandfly back to Santiago then fly to Arica hire a car again and tour the north of Chile.
We heard that Valpariso is great in for New Years so thats why we have decided on organising our tour this way!
Any suggestions about internal flights, car hire or helpful tips would be most welcome!!
Sep 25, 2012 12:25 PM
Sep 25, 2012 5:14 PM
Sep 25, 2012 8:51 PM
Sep 26, 2012 5:34 AM
4Most hotels/hostels/B&Bs want to rent rooms/beds for a 2-3 day minimum. The 31st is on a Monday which means buses will be packed from the Friday afternoon. A million people head for the coast for NYE, not a figure of speech. So you need to set up the whole thing a couple of months beforehand if you want any choice. They set off fireworks all along the coast from Valparaíso to Concon so you have some alternatives to Valparaiso. Santiago has several large fireworks displays on NYE in different parts of the city, all free, take your own champagne picnic.
Sep 26, 2012 5:58 AM
Sep 26, 2012 12:14 PM
Sep 26, 2012 9:57 PM
7You asked about internal flights. I don't know if this information wil be useful to you but it seems like they are all available right now. We just booked today a cheap fare on Sky from Puerto Mont for Jan 1.
We have decided to spend NYE in Puerto Varas. They have fireworks there too and probably less noise and urban fuss. My most memorable NYE was on a dude ranch in Australia. An intimate party for the whole ranch with square dancing. I am not expecting to be lucky enough for something like that but hope it will be memorable anyway.
Sep 27, 2012 2:32 AM
8Puerto Varas is nice for NYE. They do fireworks down by the lake. When I lived on the coast we used to go over to Valpo for the fireworks, a few times out on a tug boat to watch them from the water. It was great but the numbers of people going has now grown to such proportions and, face it, I am getting older, that I think you have to be young to enjoy it, or very rich and staying in a swish hotel with a view. Just about everywhere in Chile has some fireworks for NYE, so you can choose somewhere which suits you.
Sep 27, 2012 10:45 PM
9Thanks to all of you for yuor really interesting replies, will try sky tonight- suppose it's sky.com(??).
Will consider other possibilities re NYE as I'm not so sure if we would like to be in an extra crowded area with a hired car!! Though we are still tempted....!
Has anyone hired a car in Chile?/
We are still waiting for the new issue of LP Chile book so that's why we are still asking around!
What about accomodation around Chile and Easter Island - any suggestions!? Clean and seperate bathroom is what we usually look for, no need for extra frills!!
Sep 30, 2012 8:34 AM
Hiring a car in chile is very easy but can be expensive at some points, mainly for the drop off.
I recommend you to travel by bus towards the south, iti is very easy and you can do different stops, talca, chillan, puerto varas etc...
South of Puerto Varas (that has good rafting and kayaking as a training for the futa) you might want to rent a solid car and drive through the fjords (ferries) or through argentina.
Then you can drop your car at puerto varas and buy a one way ticket with sky arilines.com to go back to santiago.
Puerto Mntt does not have many interesting stuff
Oct 1, 2012 11:26 AM
11hi, we would recommend La Nona B&B and would definitely stay there again (firstname.lastname@example.org). Good location for those that like to walk, supplemented with advice on local buses. The house is just that a house but laid out to feel like a small inn. Super comfortble bed, everything felt new and nicely done. Amazing value for what you get. Carolina was more than hospitable. She lent us a travel book, a card for the metro system (saved us having to buy one for just 2 days, we paid for actual fares) and gave us great advice. There was always delightful
music playing that made being in the B&B.
Oct 4, 2012 2:14 PM
Oct 6, 2012 1:01 PM
13Amazing value for what you get, we stayed a couple nights in May in every hostel mentioned in this list and we had a great stay of course! also If you are trying to rent a car use www.suzuval.cl or europe car.
Vicuña: Hostal donde Rita www.hostaldonderita.com (conatct: Rita)
Santiago: Hostal Bella 269 www. hostalbella269.com (contact: Karla)
Valparaiso: La Nona B&B www.bblanona.com (conatct: Rene & Caroline)
Talca: La Casa Chueca www.trekkingchile.com (contact: Hans)
Pucon: email@example.com (contact Pablo)
Chiloe: Palafito Hostel www.palafitohostel.com (contact Pablo)
Puerto Natales: Casa Cecilia www.casaceciliahostal.com (contact Cecilia)
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