ATAC Hikes and Hot Springs  Trip Notes

Hikes and Hot Springs Tour

Patagonia Trip Notes, Visas
There are no visas necessary for travel in Argentina and Chile.

Patagonia Trip Notes,  Airport Taxes
Upon arrival in Santiago, Chile, there is a reciprocity tax for USA passport carriers at customs in the airport. Each year this tax rises. Because they only accept exact change, it is best to carry US currency in small denominations. In 2003, the tax amounted to US$100. There is also an airport tax of US$18 upon leaving Santiago, Chile. For those who travel to Argentina, there is an airport departure tax that is currently US$23.50, though it is likely to fluctuate due to Argentina's current economy. Most likely you will be charged for skis as luggage on the airplane. Expect to spend $100 and if it is less, smile.

Patagonia Trip Notes, Passport
Months before you travel, make sure your passport is up-to-date and will not expire while you are traveling. Allow for a minimum of two months for a passport renewal prior to your trip, though it is possible (and expensive) to renew it at the last minute. Keep at least one copy of your airplane tickets, passport, and driver's license in a separate place while traveling.

Patagonia Trip Notes, Health
Though water quality in both Chile and Argentina is generally safe, it is recommended that you drink bottled water. Check with your doctor to see which vaccinations you might want before traveling. There is no risk of malaria in Chile or Argentina. On previous trips, we encountered no adverse health issues. For more health information check the Center for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/

Patagonia Trip Notes, Money
The currency of Chile is the Chilean Peso and the currency of Argentina is the Argentine Peso. In Chile, there are automatic bank tellers (ATMs) in almost every city and they provide a good exchange rate. Along the Carretera Austral of Southern Chile, it is unlikely to find an ATM. ATMs are available in Argentina, but with the current economic situation it is easier to travel with dollars and exchange them at exchange houses. If you don't exchange money in either country and choose to pay for something in dollars, you typically get an unfavorable deal in a transaction. If you travel with Travelers Checks, you can lose up to 15% while exchanging them for the local currency. A debit card used at an ATM avoids the interest payments of a credit card used at an ATM. A credit card can be used at most stores, restaurants and hotels in well populated or tourist places in both Chile and Argentina.

Patagonia Trip Notes,  Other tips
We recommend traveling with a money pouch hidden under your clothing. Pack as lightly as possible. If in doubt, leave it out. Remember that clothing is relatively inexpensive and can be purchased en route and space might be needed for purchases that you bring back. Avoid hardback books - paperback is always more convenient.

Patagonia Trip Notes, Arrival
We will need your air itineraries as soon as possible so that you can be met at the airport. Look for a sign either saying, "ATAC" or your last name.

Patagonia Trip Notes, Note
Make sure to notify us if there is any change on your flights.

Patagonia Trip Notes, Communication with home
Every town has a centro de llamados, or place where you can easily make international calls. Typically expect to spend US$ 1.00 per minute at phone offices or roughly $.30 if you buy a Chilean or Argentine calling card. 

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