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      Help planning our budget

      Chile Oct 9, 2016 at 11:32 AM

      We are off to Chile for almost three weeks later this month. We have pre-booked accommodation, internal flights and transfers and lots of tours, so our main expenses will be meals, drinks and souvenirs. I've seen varied recommendations about typical costs so I thought I'd see what VT members suggest. We like to eat in good (but not super fancy high-end) restaurants serving mostly local food, to drink alcohol (but not a huge amount - maybe a couple of drinks per person per evening) and to eat our main meal in the evening. We would usually eat only a very light lunch or skip it altogether if breakfast is large (breakfast is included in all our hotels). We like to buy ourselves a couple of good souvenirs but don't go mad on shopping! We will be spending time in Santiago, San Pedro de Atacama, Puerto Varas, Torres del Paine and Easter Island. Any thoughts please on a sensible daily budget?

      Also, what are our chances of being able to use our Visa debit cards in the better restaurants, to save taking everything in cash? We don't want to have to rely on finding ATMs, except perhaps in Santiago. Of course if we decide on using the debit cards we will let our bank know in advance.

      Thank you!

    • Best time of year to go

      Easter Island Oct 7, 2016 at 11:03 AM

      When is the best time of year to go? Expense and crowding.

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      Patagonia travel

      Punta Arenas Sep 27, 2016 at 6:16 AM

      My friend and I are planning a trip in January to Patagonia--unfortunately, I'm having trouble finding a guidebook that focuses on this region and does it well. The initial plan (not yet booked) is to start in Punta Arenas, but is that the best idea? I would be coming from Ushuaia (following an Antarctic cruise) and my friend would be coming from the US, so she's able to fly anywhere. If we do start in Punta Arenas, I'll probably take the bus there from Ushuaia, but maybe we should start somewhere in Argentina?

      We are interested in scenery, mild hiking (i.e. not climbing), and wildlife. To be honest I'm not particularly educated about what there is to do down there, how best to organize logistics, possibilities of including both countries in a reasonable time frame, etc. Any assistance is welcome!

    • Coastal towns

      by Diareveles Online Now Nov 27, 2015 at 10:32 PM

      What coastal town was are good to visit?

      1 Answer Nov 28, 2015 at 6:20 AM
    • Antofagasta to San Pedro from airport

      by Diareveles Online Now Nov 27, 2015 at 9:10 PM

      What are the options to get from Antofagasta airport to San Pedro de Atacama ?

    • Want a indian sari

      by rinika Online Now Jan 29, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      I want to bye a indian sari,,,, is it avilable in Antofagasta

      1 Answer Feb 6, 2014 at 11:37 PM
    • Campsites/Surfing

      by joharpstrite Online Now Nov 13, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      I am going to be in Antofogasta for 3 days in a few weeks to surf and wondering if there are any secure campsites near Universidad de Antofogasta?

    • Fly to Antofagasta direct from Peru instead of Santiago?

      by phrased Online Now Jul 9, 2011 at 3:56 PM

      I am checking out flights to Antofagasta. I am US citizen, in past I have flown from:
      Houston USA, Continental air to Panama City
      Panama City, Copa Airlines to Santiago
      Santiago, SkyAir or LANair to Antofagasta

      This flight is good except I had to buy the domestic Chile flight separately.

      Now I am checking flight that is purchased as one set from multiple airlines:
      Houston USA, Continental air to San Jose Costa Rica
      San Jose, LACSA to Lima Peru
      Lima, TRANS AMERICAN AIRLINES - TACA PERU to Antofagasta

      I am surprised they have international flight directly to Antofagasta as it such a small airport. Is Chile immigration located in Antofagasta or do they have remote immigration office in Lima? (as odd as that sounds I have seen this type of remote immigration before)

      Anyone have experience with this proposed flight plan, please let me know if you had good/bad experiences. Perhaps also a suggestion on amount of time required at each stop in case Lima or San Jose are troublesome places to connect.


      3 Answers Aug 15, 2011 at 3:38 PM
    • shopping in Antofagasto

      by Hollysweetin Online Now Jan 2, 2008 at 10:09 PM

      Is it possible to order items from Ripley's in Antofagasto, we visited 2 years ago and we were extreamly satisfied with the quality of the cloths!
      Holly Sweetin

      1 Answer Jan 3, 2008 at 4:01 AM
    • Recent info on living in Antofagasta

      by sburton Online Now Nov 27, 2007 at 4:56 AM

      Hi can anyone provide some recent info on life in Antofagasta? Living conditions, security, areas to live, rents etc....anything at all would be helpful.



      1 Answer Nov 20, 2008 at 6:01 PM
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      Half a day in Antofagasta, worth it?

      by B3av Online Now Feb 26, 2006 at 8:10 AM

      Hi people,

      On the 5th of April I'm planning on flying from Santiago to Calama and then onto San Pedro.

      Is it worth catching an early flight to Antofagasta, maybe go have a picnic at La Portada, and then catch an early evening flight to Calama. Or would I be better off flying direct to Calama?

      Thanks in advance,


      1 Answer Nov 20, 2008 at 5:56 PM
    • Phosphate Mines - Fossils

      by rscott12345 Online Now Jun 3, 2005 at 8:52 PM


      I am an amateur paleontologist and I would like to visit the phosphate mines in the Atacama Desert. Can anyone provide any information about them? I collect fossils, especially marine fossils and I know the phosphate mines are a prime site for these.



      1 Answer Jan 16, 2007 at 8:31 PM
    • Campsites

      by Snowball68 Online Now Nov 30, 2003 at 4:51 AM

      am bringing a school group to Chile. we need a campsite in: San Pedro Antofagasta (Dec 31st!!)

      1 Answer Dec 3, 2003 at 12:41 PM
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      by misone Online Now Mar 25, 2003 at 11:47 PM

      Is there satellite internet in antofagasta?

      1 Answer May 7, 2003 at 11:49 AM