We are travelling to Chile and Argentina in October 2014 and would like to see the glaciers in the Patagonia area. There seems to be two locations where one can see this - San Rafael in Chile and Perito Moreno in Argentina. We only want to see one of these. Where are the glaciers a) more spectacular and b) most accessible?
I am going to visit Arica and from there I am planning to go to Putre and Lauca National Park. I would like to ask for recommendation as to how to move around the park, I understand that it covers quite a decent area (too large to see it all on foot in one day) and that is why I am wondering whether to a). rent a car and move around on my own, b). take an organized tour from Arica to Lauca, c). try to wait and see whether I can get some organized tour from the hotel in Putre where I will be staying. Can I ask anyone who has already been there to recommend what is the best option? I should add that I will be a solo traveller and that makes a thing a little bit more complicated....
What is the best quality for the price traveling from Puerto Montt to Santiago Chile? What are the companies that offer these services? Also do you have any suggestions on towns to stop at and stay for a day or two between the two cities?
I would like to take a boat over the Andes from Bariloche into Puerto Montt in March of 2015. What are the companies that offer this? Who has the best deals? I am looking for ones that may have atleast one night stay in the Andes somewhere.
Will be in Chile in October and wondering if will be too cold/windy the third week of October to take three day ferry ride?
Another rookie question (sorry!)
My wife and I (mainly my wife, I'll eat anything) were wondering what kind of food we should expect at the refugios in TDP? Read mixed reviews, some people say it's junk food (somebody ordered chips and guacamole, and got doritos as "chips"), others say its like cafeteria food, etc.
In other words...what is your typical breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal package?
Can you purchase produce (apples, bananas, etc) at the shops, or do they offer them at all?
We just want to make sure it's at least somewhat substantial and semi-healthy to fuel the long hikes.
What is a good hostel to stay at in Santiago? Is there something other than hostel that is better? Looking for something on the less expensive side
Is it possible (in only one day) to hike starting at Los Cuernos, then past Campamento Italiano, all the way to Campamento Britanico (i.e. the valle frances trail), and then all the way to Refugio Paine Grande to sleep?
My wife and I are trying to do the W trail, and stay at Refugios every night for the food and shelter. I've read that most people spend the night at Campamento Italiano. Problem is, I was not planning on bringing a tent, stove, etc. It is always an option, but I was hoping to cut down on the weight of my bag.
Any advice would be very much appreciated!
What is the best way to book the refugios along the W circuit? For example I wanted to stay at Las Torres, Los Cuernos, Paine Grande, and Refugio Grey. I see there are two agencies (Fantastico and Vertice).
How many months in advance should I book? I am beginning my trip on January 1, 2015.
Any help or recommendations is appreciated!
Hi All, we are planning a trip to Chile in November.
But we found that renting a campervan or mobilehome is not as easy as expected. First of all, they are very expensive.
Does anyone have any tips on this???
Maybe its better and cheaper to hire a 4x4 rental car and just rent additional camping equipment. But where to do this?
When searching the internet I always end up on the same sites.
I was hoping to hike the W at some point over the next few weeks and as of now don't have anyone to hike it with. Do you think I'll be okay hiking/camping alone? I have the appropriate clothing and will rent sleeping bag/tent in Puerto Natales.
On a similar note, it sounds like car/bus transfer from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine is difficult to find at this time of year. Are you familiar with what my options might be? Would it be possible to hire a taxi rather than rent a car?
Thank you so much for any help/suggestions. As of now I think I may go down to Puerto Natales (fly Santiago -> Punta Arenas) and try to figure out more there. Perhaps I may also find someone else to trek with.
We are a party of 4 coming on Nov 27, 2014 with a cruise liner. We will be docked from 10am-6pm.
1. Is the road from Puerto Chacabuco to Coyhaique well paved? (We wouldn't like to have flat tyres and not be able to get back to our ship on time.)
2. Would you reccommend we drive ourselves? If yes, is there a car rental service we could book from?
3. Or would it be better to hire a taxi? If yes, and taxi company name? Any idea of costs?
5/ ANy other idea of what to do in the area?
I need to get from Valparaiso cruise terminal to Santiago Airport. details please!
Where is the furthest place I can reach by car to the south? Is it real that we have to enter Argentina twice?
Wich would be the route?
What is the most conveniently located hotel for sightseeing and closeness to the bus station for onward travel to Valparaiso
Hi All, I am planning to take up a job opportunity in a company located in Vina Del Mar,Chile.For a middle class life style could any one please suggest what can be the expected expenditure in this city?
Hi, I am planning on where to go this summer... I am looking at one option which is whales in Tonga, the other is Chile, and possibly Rapa Nui... I'm starting to lean heavily towards the latter..... I have however just seen started reading about El Nino possibly coming back...
I was wondering how much of the threat is this, and would traveling to either Chile or Easter Island this August be a bad idea given these developments?
Hi I m enquiring about the costs of house rental on Easter Island and what the possibilities for emigration are. I recieve a modest pension of about $1300 US per month and am a qualified mental Health Nurse and family therapist. I would also just do casual work if I couldnt work Health wise. just curious about how doable this is.
Hi, I will arrive at SCL from Easter Island via LAN at 7:55 pm and have a scheduled international flight at 10:10pm that same night. Can I make the connection in 2 hrs? Thanks.
What are my options for travel between Santiago and Valparaiso with suitcases? There will be 4 of us going on a cruise next March
Planning on arriving mid April for two days then cruising on to Lima. What should we expect for weather both there and the following cruise to Peru? I know there are no guarantees. Just wondering if it will normally be warm enough to enjoy both parts if that journey, particularly the next 4 days at sea! Thanks for your help.
Is Chile a safe place to visit?
Hello everyone :)
Just I want to ask if its sefty ?
And is there good places to visit?
Thank you ..
Are there any comfortable air conditioned buses with leg room travelling from Salta to San Pedro? I know there is 1 restroom on the bus, but do they make frequent stops to stretch your legs and stop for a bite to eat and use their restrooms? It looks like it take 12- 14 hours? How much do the buses cost and which one would you recommend? Thanks.
We arrive from Sydney into Santiago for just 24 hours before be catch a connecting flight to Peru. Where is bets to stay that is near the airport but still near the city that we can enjoy and explore for the day ?
Would downtown be a good idea ?
I am a solo traveller looking to trek the W route from 24-28th April and wanted to ask if it is best to book refugios in advance? Many of them seem to have finished for the season (or floes on the 30April) and it's hard to see what I will need to book. Do you think it is possible to book everything in Puerto Natales? Or is it better to book some in advance and risk only a few? I am happy to camp if that is the only option but would prefer a basic bed if possible.
Also this is at the beginning of a three moth trip and I will have a very large travel ruck sack. Is there somewhere where you can store bags before entering the park?
Help and tips much appreciated especially from anyone who has done this trip solo.
Hi, I just booked a trip to Concepcion (friday afternoon to sunday afternoon) and i'm travelling with wife and 2 year old son. i've seen that there is a big park with waterfalls within the city, the famous ship Huascar and the university area to visit.
would you recommend any other place in the city or around that would be worth a visit (with a 2 year old)?
i can see that the best recommendation to eat is in the marlet or around it.
any bad areas in concepcion to avoid? any nice areas to book the hotel?
Is there any special, nice local jeweller, jewelry shop in Punta arenas?
Please recommend me, I would like to visit and buy something.
M8.0 earthquake- 83km NW of Iquique,
What is happening there? Are things ok?
Can info from here in Canada be of any help?
Hi, my friend and I will be in San Pedro de Atacama for only four days. We would like to make a trip to the Salar de Uyuni and to stay in the Palacio de Sal, but we don't have time to take the usual 3 day tour. We will have a rental car while in Atacama. Is it possible for us to drive ourselves to the Salar de Uyuni from San Pedro or Calama? (Assuming we can sort out the legal details with the rental company.) Meaning can the drive be reasonably done in one day and back the next day? Are the roads relatively passable? If we don't have a satellite phone, are we likely to die a slow and painful death?