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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!

    • Wifi in La Serena Chili

      by ctw1 Online Now Feb 4, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      Greetings, I need to work online all day (9:30-3) in La Serena Chile on Monday March 12. I will be coming in on a cruise ship. Are there any verified free wifi spots you can recommend to use my notebook or an Internet Cafe?
      I will need to walk or take a cab so an address would be helpful please.
      Is the free wifi still available at the Mall Plaza La Serena?
      How far is the Mall from the cruise port?
      Thank you very much in advance.

    • tourist guide La Serena

      by HDSvirtour Online Now Dec 31, 2011 at 5:40 AM

      Can anyone recommend a guide for a one day tour of La Serena and surroundings?

    • Has anyone used MoreTour originating in La Serena

      by fairchaffee Online Now Aug 22, 2011 at 1:17 PM

      We have booked a tour of Elqui Valley with an agency called MoreTour. I cannot read most of their website as it is in Spanish. I have been dealing with the general manager Cristián Clavero Salazar
      General manager
      More Tour
      He is a professional but with very broken English. I have gathered 9 persons to go on this tour. Has anyone has experience with his tours or this company in general. I am worried about the size of his tour buses for this many people. Has anyone been on this tour?

      1 Answer Aug 22, 2011 at 4:13 PM
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      homestay with a local family for 1 or 2 nights

      by kenningst Online Now Dec 5, 2009 at 6:35 AM

      hi there,

      there are 3 of us travelling and are keen to do a homestay with a local family in la serena for a night or 2. any guys have any information on this? we are already travelling and is looking to do this in 2 weeks time. we do not speak any spanish.


      1 Answer Dec 23, 2009 at 9:33 AM
    • Suggestions on Chile

      by Lou_ Online Now Dec 1, 2005 at 10:12 AM


      I have 5 days in Chile to spend chilling out in march 2006. Looking at going up to La Serena for a few days and visiting Vina and Valpo.

      I am quite keen to hire a car and take things as they come. Would this be feasible in March to get accommodation? Bearing in mind my spanish is very very basic....

      Any help would be appreciated



      1 Answer Dec 3, 2005 at 3:06 PM
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      Transportation from Santiago to La Serena

      by coconutwireless Online Now Aug 26, 2003 at 12:12 PM

      can you please tell me if there are busses or trains from Santiago to La Serena and vice versa? We will not have a car and would like to know our options. also how long is the trip by bus or train?

      1 Answer Aug 26, 2003 at 11:06 PM