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1. Posted by martita (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

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Hello! We´re two Spain girls that going to travel to chile for may.
I´D like to know how to prepare the hollidays and contact with someone that could help us.
Our first stop is Santiago but we don´t know how to continue, if we go to the north of the country or to south. we'll spend 18 days in their beautiful country. Thanks a lot.

2. Posted by Belize Me (Full Member 137 posts) 10y

Hello Martita,

Claudia Salgueiro in Santiago, Chile will be able to help you.
I don't think we are allowed to post web addresses here.

If you want her contact information, let me know.

Have fun on your trip and take care,
Belize Me

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

Hi Martito,

I´m in Chile at the moment - have been here for about a month. Its a great country! Because it is so long and narrow, Santiago is a great base to explore the North and South. Most people travelling here seem to agree that the South is more interesting, but because it can get so cold down there, its only comfortable travelling there at certain times of the year. From April onwards, a lot of tourist activities close down.

if you have 18 days, you could start in Santiago (which you can see a lot of in 2-3 days), then take a bus North to La Serena which is on the coast. From there you could continue to San pedro de Atacama which is a really cool town and full of backpackers.

An overnight bus jounrye will bring you from San Pedro back to Santiago and from there you could go South for a few days to the Lake District and Puerto Montt. Going any further South than Puerto Montt requires a lot of time as buses are less frequent and less reliable, and ferries are expensive.

If you want ANY help organising buses, etc. or names of hostels, let me know. Id be glad to help.

;)
Evelyn

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Great advice, Samsara!

Quoting samsara2

An overnight bus jounrye will bring you from San Pedro back to Santiago and from there you could go South for a few days to the Lake District and Puerto Montt. Going any further South than Puerto Montt requires a lot of time as buses are less frequent and less reliable, and ferries are expensive.

Having stayed in both Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas, I would recommend Puerto Varas as the better place to explore the lake district. It's a nicer, smaller town, but still has all the amenities you want. And it's closer to the lakes, mountains and volcanos that you would want to see.

If you have the money for it, I did a lake cruise from Pto. Varas to Bariloche in Argentina that was great. I think it was about $US 150 for a day, which is a lot of money, but it's a great way to see the interior of the Andes mountains and see some amazing and remote scenery. Stay in Bariloche overnight and grab a bus back the next day. But make sure you book the bus and hotel in Bariloche ahead of time. It can be hard to find lodgings as you arrive in Bariloche quite late (around 9:00 pm).

Greg

5. Posted by Belize Me (Full Member 137 posts) 10y

Quoting GregW

Great advice, Samsara!

Having stayed in both Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas, I would recommend Puerto Varas as the better place to explore the lake district. It's a nicer, smaller town, but still has all the amenities you want. And it's closer to the lakes, mountains and volcanos that you would want to see.

If you have the money for it, I did a lake cruise from Pto. Varas to Bariloche in Argentina that was great. I think it was about $US 150 for a day, which is a lot of money, but it's a great way to see the interior of the Andes mountains and see some amazing and remote scenery. Stay in Bariloche overnight and grab a bus back the next day. But make sure you book the bus and hotel in Bariloche ahead of time. It can be hard to find lodgings as you arrive in Bariloche quite late (around 9:00 pm).

Greg

Greg is absolutely on the mark. If you can do the lake crossing it is something you won't forget. My most vivid memory is a mirror image (in the water) of snow capped 'Osorno' with some low lying wispy clouds hanging half way up. It was incredible. Our last boat was late to dock and we didn't reach Bariloche until after midnight. We had pre-booked accommodations and were a little nervous about getting to our hotel because it was so far off the beaten track but the hotel driver was still waiting for us with a smile and a big welcome! We have definate plans to go back to southern Chile and Argentina.

Enjoy your vacation and take care!
Belize Me

6. Posted by LMarinho (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

I'm going to chile and I'd like some advices about travels over there.

I will go to Puerto montt from Santiago, and I'd like to know what is the price about travel on this by bus.
thank you all

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

If you can read a little Spanish, check out Turbus's website for prices.

8. Posted by crisgamont (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y

Martita:

18 dias no es mucho tiempo, y si el tiempo las acompaña, les diría que sin lugar a dudas deben ir hasta Puerto Montt, Quizás Chiloé, Alojando en Puerto Varas, desde allí pueden visitar los saltos de petrohúe, los Volcanes osorno, calbuco y casablanca y los lagos Llanquihue,Todos los santos y pueyehue.
pero como los 18 días se van a hacer muy pocos y el riesgo de lluvias en el sur es muy alto, les recomendaria concentrarse en el norte y centro de Chile.
en los alrededores de santiago, definitivamente Valparaiso y sus distintos bares y cerros.
Isla negra para visitar la casa de Neruda, que debieran reservar apenas lleguen puesto que es muy solicitada.
si les gusta la naturaleza cerca de santiago, tienen las alternativas del cajón del maipo, la reserva Yerba Loca o Caleu, que es un pequeño poblado rural a 1 hora de santiago, muy alejado de los circuitos turísticos y que en otoño es realmente maravilloso, porque los robles tienen el follaje de color rojo.
la unica empresa que conozco que va a ese lugar es Patacam que pueden contactar en distintos hostales de santiago o en su pagina web.
Ya más hacia el norte les recomendaría visitar, La serena y en especial el Valle de Elqui, donde podran observar las estrellas en el mirador de mamalluca, beber el mejor pisco sour, y gozar de un clima templado durante el día (a pesar de que durante la noche es bien frio)
allí les aconsejaria se quedaran en pisco elqui y desde allí visitaran alcohuaz y horcón.
más al norte tienen la alternativa Punta de choros y unos cientos de kilometros más al norte aún Bahía Inglesa.
desde ahí pueden pasar por el parque nacional pan de azucar o irse directamente a san pedro de atacama y sus alrededores, que son sin lugar a dudas el lugar al que debieran llegar, cuidando de no quedarse atrapadas en el pueblo, que puede estar lleno de turistas.

espero que les sirva para planificar su viaje