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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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