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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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I did this in January 2014 and I'll try to address your questions: 1) Renting a car in El Calafate is no problem. After some googeling and reading reviews in the Internet, I decided to opt for Nunatak Rent a Car and never regretted the decision. They reliably picked us up from the Airport, even though our flight was a couple of hours late and in generally ...


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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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Yes, you can do that and there should be no problems. Neither US nor UK citizens need a visa for Chile and the reciprocity fee that used to be charged to US citizens was abolished earlier this year. My personal recommendation: definitely visit Cerro Santa Lucía, a hill park in the city center from whose top you have a great view.


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Very easy. There are tours in both directions - I went from San Pedro to Uyuni, and they go back as well. You join up to a 2 night tour, for example, and then it finishes in San Pedro de Atacama itself - and the town is tiny, so you can walk from one side to the other very simply. I went with Tierra Mystica, and aside from claiming to have an English ...


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If your objective is to get to San Pedro, it makes sense to do an Uyuni to San Pedro tour, instead of doing an Uyuni to Uyuni tour, followed by a trip to San Pedro. Both are readily available from plenty of tourist agencies in Uyuni. There is no public transport from Uyuni to San Pedro (besides the multi-day tours). You would have to first take a bus from ...


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In Cerro Castillo there is a very small border crossing that is open year round from 08:00 to 22:00. I've crossed this border in January 2014 with a rental car, since at least at this time, there was no direct public bus from El Calafate over Cerro Castillo to the National Park. All public buses go over Puerto Natales. However, maybe, it might be possible to ...


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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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I live in Bolivia. Yes there is always a risk when it comes to carrying around expensive camera equipment. There are risks in other countries as in the United States etc etc. Some good ideas are: Consider buying an older, used DSLR and leaving your nice one at home. Use a camera bag that doesn't scream "photographer." Be careful where you leave ...


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Update 26 December 2014 I went to the PDI in Eleutiero Ramirez this morning, it's exactly where you say it is except it's three pretty long blocks from Avenida O´Higgins down San Francisco. The routine at the PDI is now that you go to the separate entrance to the right of the main steps which is a hellish hall full of people desperate to engage with the ...


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December 2014 --- the PDI information under the US embassy Chile website - is still incorrect. My passport was stolen on Friday, Nov 28, 2014. The less than helpful consulate stalled me until Monday. They issued a replacement passport at 2pm and handed me a Xerox with the correct information to replace the Chile tourist card (Eleuterio Ramirez 852 -- ...


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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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