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Layover in Santiago de Chile

My colleague and I have a 12-hour layover in Santiago de Chile airport on our return from Argentina to the US via Chile. I am a UK citizen, my colleague is US. Can we leave the airport and go and ...
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Uyuni, need some clarification

I am planning to travel down to Uyuni from La Paz by bus and do a 4 day tour to Salar de Uyuni and return back to Uyuni. At the end of the trip, I would like to catch a bus to San Pedro de Atacama. Is ...
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Buying air ticket to USA for foreign citizen

My girlfriend from Chile will be coming to USA in end of this year, and I want to take care of the ticket myself, by buying from Delta, for example (with or without using frequent flier points). What ...
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Overstaying a tourist visa in Chile, any other penalties despite a small fine?

I'm on a tourist visa in Chile that will expire in a few days. I might not be able to leave the country in time due to bad weather conditions. I'll need to reenter Chile after. I've frequented the ...
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Is there still reciprocity fee at Chile airport entry for US citizens? (after US Visa waiver)

After US Visa waiver program come into effect, do visitors from USA (US citizens) still have to pay reciprocity fee on entry in Santiago? I am planning to visit Chile in late July of this year.
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Is bringing tea from coca leaves to Europe illegal?

When travelling in Chile, tea from coca leaves was something you could buy at regular places. It is even sold as a preventive to altitude sickness in places like San Pedro de Atacama. After feeling ...
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Where can I exchange Chilean Pesos in Bangkok, Thailand?

Well, I've done it again. I forgot to change my currency before traveling, and now I'm stuck with a bunch of foreign currency that nobody seems to want! This time, I'm in Bangkok, and I've got a ...
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Where in Chile can I learn to dive with a hose (surface supplied diving)?

I don't really know how much of a learning curve there really is compared to diving with a tank. So, where in Chile can I experience to dive with a hose and an air compressor? Preferably within a safe ...
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I lost my Chilean tourist card! What do I do?

While I was at the Thai embassy this morning, I noticed that I lost my Chile tourist card. I have a sinking feeling that I am in for a long day. What do I do if I've lost my Chile tourist card? ...
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US Visa Waiver for Chilean Citizens, when will it go into effect?

From what I read on site for US Embassy in Santiago, the Chile has been nominated US Visa Waiver program. http://chile.usembassy.gov/non-immigrant_visas.html Now, does anyone have idea when this ...
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Sail boat from Santiago Chile to Tahiti

I am trying to find out how easy it is to catch a sail boat from Santiago, Chile to Tahiti or beyond. I am a skilled (older female!) coastal sailor but would like to crew on a Transpacific journey. ...
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What kind of power plug adapter do I need in Argentina and Chile?

I'm going to Argentina and Chile and have a couple of electronic devices I want to charge. I have Swiss plugs consisting of two bolts: What kind of adapter should I pack for Argentina and Chile?
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What ground transportation is available between Torres Del Paine and Los Glacieres?

I have discovered from this website a bus line: http://www.busespacheco.com/rutas.htm However it does not look like it has a route between Los Glacieres national park and Torres Del Paine national ...
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Visa for a Chilean citizen joining a tour from a US agency

I have a friend in Chile (Chilean citizen) with whom we wanted to go on a tour in Italy (January 2014). I am from the USA, and to make things easier, I was planning to order a tour locally from ...
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Traveling to Chile without knowing Spanish?

We are going to Chile in November and are planning on doing the Isla Navarino Dientees circuit trek. We have booked our DAP flight to Puerto Williams and return cruise from Puerto Williams to Punta ...
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Why would your passports be collected on buses in Chile?

A colleague is travelling in Chile at present, and on a bus trip from San Pedro de Atacama to Arica, the bus driver insisted on collecting and holding on to all their passports for the duration of the ...
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How can I check if I'm allowed to take a rental car from Argentina to Chile?

I'm planning to rent a car in Argentina by one of the big, well-known companies. I'm also planning to drive to Chile for a day or two. I know that quite a lot of rental companies explicitly do not ...
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How to get around in coastal southern Chile now that the Navimag ferry is suspended?

In southern Chile, many communities are only accessible by sea. For example, according to the Wikipedia article on Villa Puerto Edén: Owing to the large tidewater glaciers caused by the region’s ...
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3.5 months in South America - Suggested routes for Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina? [closed]

My boyfriend and I will be going backpacking around South America. So far we have booked a flight from New Zealand in and out of Santiago. We will have 3.5 months to do some sort of a loop around ...
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Visiting the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile?

Did anyone visit Very Large Telescope in Chile? If so, what was your experience contacting VLT staff? I've tried to contact them through the form on their website, through email, fFacebook and even ...
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Bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Antofagasta, Chile?

I'm looking for a bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Antofagasta, Chile in September 2013 I found a bus company but looks like there are no buses in September. Do you know any other bus companies who ...
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How can I apply for a visa for Chile in Nigeria?

How can I apply for Chilean visa when there is no Chile embassy in Nigeria? Do I need to travel to Cote D'Ivoire?
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Is there any public transport from Punta Arenas, Chile to El Calafate, Argentina?

I'd like to visit Perito Moreno Glacier while I'll be in Patagonia. I'm not sure where I will depart from, but my options are Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or EcoCamp Patagonia. Do you know whether ...
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Where can I exchange Paraguayan Guaranies in Santiago, Chile?

I recently flew from Asunción to Santiago (Chile), and when I arrived at the airport, I discovered that the money exchangers there do not buy Guaranies (Paraguayan currency). I've been checking ...
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Rooftop restaurant in Santiago, Chile

Rooftop restaurants represent places with less dust as well as giving an overview of larger areas. Santiago has fabulous mountains in the vicinity. Rooftop restaurant are not easy to get by - simply ...
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Train from Calama to La Paz

I read somewhere that trains are going between Antofagasta (Chile) and La Paz (Bolivia), which would go through Calama. Is this information up to date? And is it a respectable alternative to a ...
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Uyuni to San Pedro and not viceversa

I see most of posts are about tour guides from San Pedro de Acatama to Uyuni but I'm interested in the opposite direction. I'm arriving in Uyuni, and going to San Pedro. I'm wondering which options ...
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Is traveling from Uyuni (Bolivia) to San Pedro (Chile) easy?

Is traveling from Uyuni (Bolivia) to San Pedro (Chile) easy? I've read there are some problems on the border. Also, should I wait to arrive in San Pedro before to buy a guide tour to see his sights, ...
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Is the beach in Iquique, Chile, near to the city centre and tourist accomodations?

Is the beach in Iquique, Chile, near to the city centre and tourist accomodations ? Can I easily walk around the city and to the beach or do I need public transports ?
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What are the safest bus companies in Bolivia and Chile?

I need to travel from La Paz, to Salar De Uyuni and then to Chile, and from Chile come back to Peru. For "safe", I mean reliable companies in terms of delays/broken engines but also with good ...
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Extend my tourist visa toward the end of my “declared” trip or wait until closer to the visa expiration?

When I came to Chile, I originally thought I would only be here for 1 month, so that's what I put on my tourist card. However, now there's a good chance I'm going to stay the full 90 days that my ...
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Visiting salt flats in Bolivia from Chile

I want to travel from Santiago (Chile) to Lima (Peru). I will not go through Bolivia but I would like to visit the salt flats from the Chilean side. Is this possible? I only want to hop over to the ...
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How can I go to Cape Horn by boat in a cheap way?

I would like to go from Ushuaia to Cape Horn by sailing boat. Would be a one week trip. Is there anyone who know how to arrange it in a more or less cheap way?
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Bus between Mendoza and Santiago: are there precipitous drop-offs on the edge of the road?

I'm planning to travel by bus between Mendoza, Argentina and Santiago, Chile. I don't have a head for heights, hence my question: Are there any terrible precipitous drop-offs on the edge of the road ...
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5 weeks in Peru + Bolivia + Chile, is too little time?

I'm planning to travel alone, using buses/trains. I would also like to spend few days every so often on the beach to rest... in both Peru and Chile. Does it sound like a reasonable plan?
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Making sense of colectivos in Viña del Mar

I'm trying to plan a trip from Viña del Mar to visit a friend in downtown Valparaiso. He gave me a colectivo route to take (a colectivo is basically a taxi that operates like a 4-passenger bus). How ...
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Is it recommended to travel to Patagonia in May?

We're currently planning a South America trip and would love to go to Patagonia. But we're only starting in late April/early May and I'm afraid it's gonna be very cold already. Currently, we think we ...
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Taking expensive camera gear to a South America trip?

I intend to travel to South America, mainly Chile, Peru and Ecuador, but maybe also Bolivia and Colombia. The thing is, I want to take some decent landscape and animal pictures and therefore consider ...
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Do you only have to pay the reciprocity fee once per passport?

So I just arrived in Santiago this afternoon, and wouldn't you know it... my passport was the wrong color. So I trudged over to the desk to pay the reciprocity fee. I noticed that the person who ...
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Is the reciprocity fee for US citizens only charged if you arrive at Santiago International Airport?

According to the US State Department website (emphasis mine): A Tourist Card will be issued for a stay of up to 90 days upon payment of a reciprocity fee, currently US $160. Currently, the fee is ...
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Land transportation between Asunción, Paraguay and Santiago, Chile

I just booked my flight from Asunción to Santiago, but it occurred to me that given how short of a trip it is (based on the flight time, anyway), I started wondering if I might have been able to make ...
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La Paz to Santiago by bus

I want to travel from La Paz to Santiago de Chile by bus and was wondering which company to use and how much it would cost. I know its a 24 hour bus ride.
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How to get from Buenos Aires to Santiago de Chile by land

I want to get from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Santiago de Chile by land. What is the recommended route and what are the alternatives? Aprox. how much it costs and how long does it takes? Where can I ...
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Santiago to Iquique by bus

A commenter on my blog post about my bus ride from Santiago to Iquique asked the following question: I want to travel from Santiago to Iquique by bus. Any body can tell how much, how long is it ...
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How much US Cash can I bring into Chile

How much US cash can I bring into Chile? How would you find the answer to this question for other countries?
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The Atacama Giant

I would really like to see the Atacama Giant. On Wikipedia it is just mentioned that it is in the Atacama desert. But this desert is really big. Where should I look when I want to meet this giant? It ...
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How to get to Easter Island?

Once in my life I would really like to see those statues from the Easter Island. Image from Wikipedia. Since it is really far away from anywhere else, I wonder how I can get there. Is there an ...
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What's the furthest south (in Chile) that you can get from Santiago, Chile by public bus?

If you look at a map of Chile, it's long and thin, and as you get further south, more and more rugged. At some points you require boat, it would seem, to continue. But potentially buses may go on ...
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Kayak options in Patagonia

We'll be traveling to Patagonia (Chilean side) and staying there for about a week. We're very interested in undertaking a kayak trip when down there. However, so far I only found offers from tour ...