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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!

    • Volcano trekking

      by chloelo Online Now Sep 11, 2016 at 9:47 PM

      Would like to check when is the trekking usually end and back to the town? Coz I have to call ch 7:45 bus. Not sure if I can make it. Thx.

    • Transportation from Argentina to Chile

      by AshlynnA Online Now Dec 15, 2015 at 9:18 PM

      I'm trying to find transportation from Bariloche, Argentina to Pucon, Chile and how to book it. Any suggestions would be great!

      1 Answer Dec 16, 2015 at 3:31 AM
    • Mapuche culture

      by FabiolaPal Online Now Sep 5, 2013 at 3:14 AM

      I'm travelling to Pucon with students and want to arrange visits with Mapuche communities between Oct. 14-18, 2013. Any recommendations for how to do this most welcome.

      1 Answer Sep 5, 2013 at 7:13 AM
    • Visiting Pucon in August

      by Shevans Online Now Jun 13, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      A buddy and myself are planning a guys trip to Santiago in late August. We were thinking of taking an overnight bus ride to Pucon, and to stay there for 3-4 days. Would this be a good time of year for two guy to visit the town who are looking for adventure activities and a good night life? Is white water rafting a possibility or is it too cold? What other types of activities could we do other than skiing?

      1 Answer Jun 14, 2013 at 5:55 AM
    • traveling to Pucon on March 27th, 2013 - next week!

      by bijou76 Online Now Mar 18, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      Hi i will be traveling to Pucon to do rafting, climbing the volcano and the baths and then on to Puerto Montt. Does anyone know what the weather will be like or is right now? Day and night time please. Thank you.

      1 Answer Mar 18, 2013 at 9:27 PM
    • Climbing Villarica

      by jamielynn13 Online Now Apr 13, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      I'm visiting Pucon the last week of April, and I'm wondering what the weather conditions are at this time. I'm especially interested in climbing the volcano, is this feasible to do at this time of year, and for an inexperienced climber?

      2 Answers Feb 9, 2013 at 7:25 PM
    • Traveling to Pucon March 22

      by hugg0029 Online Now Feb 15, 2010 at 8:30 AM

      My girlfriend and I will be traveling to Pucon from Santiago on March 22. We have a few questions. First, do we need to book a bus ticket in advance from Santiago? Second, we are planning on staying for 8 days, we would like to climb the volcano, hike the national park, and go rafting, what else would you all suggest? Is there anywhere near Pucon that you would suggest visiting also? Thank you for any help.
      Ryan from MN, USA

      7 Answers Mar 19, 2010 at 9:10 AM
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      by datzmon Online Now Sep 23, 2009 at 9:58 AM

      Transportation from Pucon to Bariloche (Argentina). Is any transportation?
      if yes, please your notes.
      Thank you in advanced

      3 Answers Sep 30, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    • Pucon / Lanin / Barioloche info...

      by julia_burns Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 8:03 PM

      Hi all...

      I am travelling to Patagonia in the end of November / beginning of December... At the end of my trip I wase planning on spending some time in or around Barioloche and Pucon...
      Any info or advice on the following would be fantastic!!...

      - sky diving / para gliding... I really want to go sky diving / para gliding during my trip, and have heard that this region is great for it... Could anyone reccomend the best area/town for it, and maybe even a great company to do it with... Obviously I want to confirm safety procedures and good record, but also want to experience the most intense and extreme scenery possible!!

      - climbing volcan Lanin... I also want to summit volcan Lanin at the end of my trip...based on what I read in lonely planet "Trekking in Patagonian Andes" the climb takes 2 days and is not tremendously difficult or technical for someone experienced in trekking/climbing and in good shape (both of which I am)...however as I understand it you are required to go up w a guide?? And also I am travelling alone, so I would need to join up w a partner regardless... Has anyone done the trek?? ...anymore information regarding hiring of a guide, reccomedations, and logistics/advice would be super helpful and really appreciated!!

      thanks so much!!!


      12 Answers Dec 21, 2008 at 9:52 PM
    • Tour operator recommendations for Pucon/Villarica vulcano

      by Jolinia Online Now Jul 23, 2008 at 2:59 AM

      Hi all,
      I will be travelling through Chile in November and will be in Pucón for 2 nights and 1 day. I will probably arrive in the evening of day 1, have one full day in Pucon on day 2 and leave in the morning of day 3.
      For the day in Pucon I was thinking of a day trekking tour to Villarica vulcano. I've found several tour operators offering similar tours.

      Could you recommend a tour operator you have had good experiences with?

      Due to my tight schedule I won't have time to compare tour operators in Pucon, so I'd like to book the tour beforehand. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated!

      Thank you!

      1 Answer Aug 1, 2008 at 10:49 AM
    • Pucon, Chile to Bariloche, AR

      by ihndavid Online Now Apr 16, 2008 at 9:10 AM

      Anyone know of ideas how to get from Pucon, Chile to Bariloche? I've heard that you can take a bus to Puerto Madryn, and then to Bariloche, but is there a direct bus that goes from Pucon to Bariloche? Any help would be great!

      5 Answers Apr 16, 2008 at 4:24 PM
    • Punta Arenas to Pucon?

      by mkarora Online Now Dec 10, 2007 at 1:17 PM

      I am trying to travel from Punta Arenas to Puncon on a tight time table and am having difficulty finding flights. Do you recommend flying from Punta Arenas to Puerto Montt, and then driving from Puerto Montt to Puncon? Any other suggestions? Thank you!

      1 Answer Dec 29, 2007 at 12:59 PM
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      Train or Bus ticket

      by Eder2006 Online Now Sep 10, 2007 at 12:17 PM

      Hi people,
      I"m going to visit Pucon in October 8, From santiago. I tried to buy bus ticket on internet, but for people without credit card by chile isn't possible. So i would find out whether buying ticket, at bus terminal, in the same day isn't difficult. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you for any advice.

      2 Answers Sep 24, 2007 at 11:21 AM
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      Puerto Montt to Pucon

      by Eder2006 Online Now Aug 28, 2007 at 8:20 AM

      I'm going to Puerto Montt and i'd like to know Pucon.Are there some public transportation beetwen the cities? How does it take? How much?
      Thank you

      2 Answers Aug 30, 2007 at 11:08 AM
    • Termas Huife or Termas San Luis or Termas Panqui

      by baberuth Online Now Mar 11, 2006 at 9:28 PM

      Hello - looking into Termas Huife, San Luis or Panqui and wondering if anyone has any recommendations on one over another. Termas Huife seems most expensive, is it worth it? Termas Panqui seems very rustic - how funky is it?
      Termas San Luis seems in the middle - any experience with any of them? Thanks - Ruth

      1 Answer Mar 12, 2006 at 3:08 AM
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      Drive time / Climate

      by fossettes Online Now Mar 2, 2006 at 4:37 AM

      Hello Oh-worldly-ones!

      Can anybody give me an idea of how long it would take to drive from Valparaiso to Pucón?

      Also, we will be visiting in April. What type of weather should I expect in Pucón at that time.


      Kelly Anne

      1 Answer Mar 2, 2006 at 9:27 AM
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      Pucon in November

      by blissdivine Online Now Aug 30, 2004 at 5:14 PM

      Is it worthwhile to visit Pucon in November? How many days would be good here? What is the weather like around this time? If yes, can anyone recommend reasonable hotels? Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

      1 Answer Sep 6, 2004 at 10:05 PM