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Old 11-07-2012, 10:28 PM   #1
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Hello Chile 11/13 - 11/26

Hi Advriders in Chile,

Me and my gf are going to have a vacation in Chile. from 11/13 to 11/26. We are very excited. We've been reading lonely planet and travel websites for info on where to visit.

Since we have only limited time, We'd like to go south from Santiago.
Places and things we'd like to do and experience are hot spring, definitely to see the glazier, breath taking landscapes and penguins :)

so far, we have santiago, pucon, puerto montt, and torres del paine.

I am not sure how we can make this work. It seems to be a lot of on the list. Could you guys advise how we can make this work? We dont mind scraping things off our list. We really are just looking to have a good time there.

I wish I could bring my motorcycle and ride around the region. I guess I will save it for the next time. This time around, We really are just looking to have a good time there.
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:42 PM   #2
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For a few days only, enjoy Santiago, the central coast, from cartagena to Algarrobo, then Quintay , touch Valparaiso, Vina del Mar an the sorrounded beaches.All you can eat, drink and fun.
other than that, unless you take an airplane, vsit the Villarrica area for a long 4 days and comeback home.

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Old 11-08-2012, 08:45 AM   #3
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Geston,

Thanks for you reply. I've read your post about bringing dollars to Argentina. Do you have tips for us on currency exchange in Chile?
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:35 AM   #4
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Geston,

Thanks for you reply. I've read your post about bringing dollars to Argentina. Do you have tips for us on currency exchange in Chile?
Currency en Chile is about CHP$480 todays date. It is pretty stable . No black market whatsoever in Chile. As long you change in regular 'casa de cambios' and not at the airport is fine.
The dollar remain low for over few years but gaining little by little. Chile is a healthy economy , Argentina not, getting tough on regulations and inflation. There is a black market in Argentina today and better to change your dollars there, but look for safe places such restaurants or decent stores to offer a transaction.
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:28 PM   #5
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glacier, hot springs, penguins

Hey dude, I did an excursion last week where we hiked up a glacier and sat in some hot springs after. If you want to do it yourself you can metro + bus it or rent a car and drive to San Jose de Maipo (2 hrs southeast of Santiago), there's a tourist office in San Jose de Maipo (plus shops to stock up on food and water). Once you hit the mountains the roads get pretty rough. The hike up was 4 hrs for us but we had some slowpokes, then 2 hours back down. It's really snowy so bring waterproof boots. Hot springs were maybe 40 minutes further, up on a hill, I think the area is called Cajon de Maipo, and it seemed like they stop letting people in around 7. The whole day was incredible but it was a long-ass day, we left Santiago in the morning and left the hot springs at dusk and didn't get back to Santiago til damn near midnight.

I met an Irish couple last week who said they saw penguins in Ancud, which is just south of Puerto Montt.

There's an advrider who lives in Pucon, I don't remember his name but he posted in my thread looking for travel/drinking buddies in Chile.

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Old 11-23-2012, 08:26 PM   #6
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Hey,

We are now on our last couple days in Chile. Did the "W" in our first 5 days at the Torres Del Paine.

went to Valparaiso and Vina Yesterday and came back to Santiago today

Still looking to hit some hot spring.

Any suggestions besides San Jose de Maipo?

Thanks
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:23 AM   #7
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Hey,

We are now on our last couple days in Chile. Did the "W" in our first 5 days at the Torres Del Paine.

went to Valparaiso and Vina Yesterday and came back to Santiago today

Still looking to hit some hot spring.

Any suggestions besides San Jose de Maipo?

Thanks
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