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Like in some other countries, this RUT identifier is only for tax purposes, including VAT. There is little information in English on how the system works precisely, but this RUT number field on the bus reservation system is intended at Chilean tax payers. VAT/sales tax is collected on sales between businesses (compared to some countries charging it only to ...


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My recent experiences trying out different ATMS (around Rancagua) are the following: Banco BICE: 2500clp (though these seem to be few and far between) CorpBanca / Ita├║: 3000clp Banco de Chile / Banco CrediChile: 3500clp Scotiabank: 3500clp Banco Estado: 4000clp (they didn't charge anything extra a few months ago, but now I've tried several and they all ...


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I bought many bus tickets while traveling in Chile and was never asked about a Rut, they may ask for your name at the ticket counter, but I never had to fill out anything.


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I recently (last month) stayed for a few nights at Hostal Estado (on the pedestrian section of Estado between Gamero and O'Carroll), cellphone: 82514972 for a few nights for 10000clp/night, just me in a tiny room with shared bathroom (bring your own toilet paper), but it was centrally-located and had good wifi. (I had a feeling, though, that it might have ...


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In this case I agree with what the 'front desk' told you. The Chilean visitor visa system works like this... You get a period of validity, in your case 30 days. We can call this 'unspent leave'. You get a period in which to report to Chile and present your credentials. In your case, and in most cases, 90 days from the issue date. Your 'unspent leave' ...


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What you are encountering is "voluntourism". It is a feel good travel product, which provides some minor benefits for the organization you are being volunteered for. Many countries require work permits or business type visas to volunteer, as they consider your benefits (free room, food, etc) as remuneration for "work". Organizations counter this by ...


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Looked in the Chilean Ministry of Tourism site and they have a touristic services search where you can search for campings in specific regions os cities. Searching for Torres del Paine and camping gave me 4 results. Have you checked those camping sites? There is a site only about Torres del Paine including a travel experience that might be of interest even ...


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Looked in the Chilean Ministry of Tourism site and they have a touristic services search where you can search for campings in specific regions os cities. Besides that I search the Google and found some others like campingchile which seems a good source, even though I can't be sure of how accurate it is. Mind that Chile is a country with many volcanoes and ...


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Your plans will be fine. As long as there are less than 90 days between your first arrival in the US, and last departure from the US, then there will be no problem. The VWP 90-day clock keeps ticking for the days you are in Canada, but that's not an issue for you.


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I'm an American living in Chile, and have rented a car here many times. They ask for ID (your US passport if you are a tourist), your drivers license, and a major credit card. You can rent a manual transmission car if you want. There is no test, or anything. They assume you can drive one, since most people outside the U.S. can. However, automatics are ...


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At the moment, Pullman del Sur offers direct connections between Santiago and Asuncion. From Santiago, they leave every Tuesday at 11am for 80.000 CLP. Crucero del Norte also travels between Santiago to Asuncion. They leave every Monday and Friday at 11:50am. You switch busses in Cordoba, but you buy just one ticket in Santiago. The cost is 70.000 CLP or ...


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Tours on the Bolivian side are significantly cheaper. On your own, it's easy to get from Uyuni to San Pedro, if a bit time consuming. Public busses run four times a week between Uyuni and Calama, take 7-9 hours, and run by day. In Calama, it's easy to get another bus to San Pedro.


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I'm in Chile at the moment. Plenty of restaurants have lunch meal deals. They tend to be quite decent and cost 4-6 USD. This typically gets you a starter, a main course and, sometimes, a drink. The main course can be a fish. Almost always, this is not only great value for money, it's also a good meal. At the Mercado Municipal in Santiago, which is famed ...


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I'm currently in Chile and have withdrawn money on several occasions. So far, once I've aborted my withdrawal because the machine told me it was going to charge for my withdrawal. This, while, later, an ATM from the same bank did not charge. I've tried with 3 or 4 different banks. This suggests to me that ATM withdrawal fees depend not on the bank, but on ...


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Booking.com currently lists three hotels under 30USD (excluding VAT) when entering dates sufficiently far in the future. The cheapest comes in at 25USD for a single room, excluding VAT, at 19%, meaning there's currently one hotel (Hospedaje Angelica) available for under 30USD per night.


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On Booking.com the cheapest rooms go for 42USD, even if booking several months in advance. On Hostelworld.com no accommodation is listen for Rancagua. On Expedia.com only Santiago accommodation is listed. Therefore I would say that no conventional accommodation is available in Rancagua for less than 30USD.


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I've been to Bolivia twice and there are many photo opportunities in the country. I've only taken inexpensive cameras I could carry out of sight in my pants front pocket because of the possibility of theft. Keep your valuables with you at all times and secure. You are more vulnerable as a foreigner but even native Bolivians are not entirely safe. I have ...



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