You will need your passport to enter Chile Citizens of the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and most EU countries do not have to secure a visa before arriving. The Chilean government now charges a “reciprocity fee” to the US, Canada and Australian citizens, in response to the fees these countries impose on Chileans. As of August 2011, this fee is US $ 130 for United States citizens, and it is valid for the duration of the passport. Keep your passport handy during your stay, many of our trips involve crossing the border with Argentina. Also, be sure to hold on to your copy of the registration form that you fill out when you are in the country.
Currency and ATMs
Chilean peso Approximate change :. 1 USD = 810 Chilean pesos (Average year 2021)
The banknotes come in denominations of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000 pesos. We recommend that you carry small bills with you, as it can be difficult to change bills larger than $5,000 in rural areas.
You will find ATMs at Santiago and Balmaceda airports, as well as in the city of Coyhaique. There is a bank in most cities in Chile including Cochrane, a 30-minute drive from Estancia Valle Chacabuco.
Sometimes they can only change at a 30% discount to the effective exchange rate. The dollars can be accepted in the main tourist destinations, but not in other places. It is common for credit cards to be accepted in many large stores and in recent years this option has also been available in small local stores.
You should not need any type of special vaccination to visit Chile and Patagonia, malaria is not a risk. Tap water in the park, and in most places in Patagonia, is safe to drink. If you have a sensitive stomach, however, bringing diarrhea medication may be worth it.
We recommend that you bring adequate sun protection (hat, sunglasses, long-sleeved shirts), since the sun is very strong in this area.
About the weight in suitcases, try to carry as little as possible. Charter flights can limit the weight of luggage and the baggage allowance for domestic flights is 5 kg for hand luggage bags and 15 kg for checked luggage, with a margin of maneuver depending on the airline and flight.
On the other hand, domestic flights on commercial airlines have tickets available with hand luggage corresponding to a small suitcase of 10 kg and / or the checked luggage is 23 kg.