Wine Tour Of Chile

  • Chile - Food and Wine

  • Trip ID: 1572

4 Day Trip
Per Day Price Level $$$$
Per Day Budget $ 571
Per Day USD ranges:
$$$$ < $250
$$$$ $250-500
$$$$ $500-750
$$$$ $750+
  • Visit the most exquisite vineyards around the central valleys of Chile. 
  • Spend the night amidst utmost luxury in our carefully handpicked, boutique hotels that will have you pampered like royalty. 
  • Explore the famous Cachapoal Valley, known for its Cabernet Sauvignon vines. 
  • Taste the delicious Carmenere wines on the coast, where the ocean breezes of the mighty Pacific flow through the coastal Andes.
  • Stay at the gorgeous Viña Vik Hotel, an avant-garde retreat and wine spa located in Millahue, Chile, with panoramic 360-degree views of vines, valleys, hills, forests and the majestic Andes.
  • Trip through the world-renowned Colchagua Valley - one of Chile’s best known wine regions having earned much applause for its full-bodied Cabernet, Carménère, Syrah, and Malbec. 
  • Discover some of the finest visual and performance art Chile has to offer at The Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Visual Arts, the Gabriela Mistral Center and more.

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  • Itinerary Summary

    Day 01 : Santiago

    Today upon arrival to Santiago’s airport, a driver and guide will meet you and take you to your hotel in Santiago.
     

    Singular Lastarria in Santiago combines the style of early 20th century buildings with neoclassical French architectural influences. The result is a striking new addition to the Santiago cityscape.
     

    Everywhere you go in this Santiago hotel, you’ll experience yet another pleasant surprise: an endlessly indulgent spa, a superlative dining experience at the Singular Restaurant, dazzling views and refreshing cocktails in the ninth floor Sky Bar. Step out onto the elevated terrace, and you’re treated to a spectacular view: the Parque Forestal, an arboreal escape, right alongside the hotel, and enjoy the roof top swimming pool.
     

    The hotel is not only bounded by natural beauty, though; Lastarria is the epicenter of the arts here in Santiago. Walk just a few minutes, and you can discover some of the finest visual and performance art Chile has to offer at The Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Visual Arts, the Gabriela Mistral Center and more.
     

    Accommodation: Singular Lastarria

    Meals: No Meals Included

    Day 02 : Cachapoal Valley

    This morning after checking out of your hotel, your driver and guide will take you south to the Cachapoal Valley.
     

    The Cachapoal Valley is located 53 miles (85 km) south of Santiago. Most of Cachapoal's noteworthy vineyards are located towards the east of the region, in the foothills of the Andes, away from the warmer valley floor. The area is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon vines, while closer to the coast, where the ocean breezes flow through the coastal range, has more Carmenere vines.
     

    Our first stop will be to the Altaïr vineyard, which is located close to the town of Requínoa. The main factors that give character and complexity to their wine are their proximity to the mountains and the cool breezes that come down causing a natural temperature in the vineyard of 25° and up, allowing them to extend the natural maturation of the fruit on the vine. The resulting wines exhibit delicate and soft tannins, bright aromas, and a freshness and natural acidity rare in the new world.  The wines are concentrated, but above all the stamp the Upper Cachapoal valley brings to their wines a remarkable finesse and elegance.
     

    Our tour here will conclude with a tasting of their wines.
     

    Next, we will head towards VIK Winery.  Viña Vik sits on a 4300-hectare property hidden in the forest on the northern side of the Apalta Valley. It has a very high level lodge with a privileged view overlooking our 70-hectare lake and 3,000 hectares of forests and vineyards. The 11,000-acre property is hemmed by contoured hills dotted with native forests.
     

    Here the vines grow in the rolling valley and climbing the steep hillsides. The area boasts a very pleasant climate with warm sunny days and cool evenings. It is a pleasure to spend time at VIK discovering Millahue, ‘the place of gold’ in the local Mapuche language and the fabulous wine.
     

    Here we will have lunch and a tour of their wine-producing facilities.
     

    Afterwards, you will check in to your hotel.
     

    New as of late 2014, Viña Vik hotel quite literally reigns over the Millahue Valley. Designed to resemble a gold ring, the hotel's titanium roof glows forth from its privileged position overlooking rolling hills lined with green vines and a large lagoon.
     

    Viña Vik is an art filled 22-suite avant-garde retreat and wine spa located in Millahue, Chile on the VIK vineyard. The vineyard retreat is perched on a hilltop above a lake at the center of this spectacular 11,000-acre (4325 hectare) vineyard with panoramic 360-degree views of the vines, multiple valleys, hills, forests and mountains up to 1000 meters with the majestic Andes Mountains in the distance.
     

    Communal areas include a wonderful granite infinity pool with a map of the southern hemisphere stars in LEDs on the bottom. Positioned so that it looks like it's overhanging the lagoon below, the sun lounger deck backs on to a gym, yoga room and games room. The lower floor is home to the spa with its five massage rooms and sauna. As well as massages and facials using grape–derived products, hair care treatments are also on the menu.
     

    Viña Vik has a ‘zero kms’ policy, which means that all the produce comes from local providers in the surrounding region. There are no menus and every meal is different. It may be, for example, mushroom soup with blue cheese and cured ham made on the estancia, followed by wagyu beef with risotto, courgettes and bacon, then red berries in créme ingles for dessert.
     

    Days are spent wine tasting and exploring the vineyard on foot, bicycle, or horseback with the wonderful huaso (horseman), Nano.
     

    Accommodation: Viña Vik hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 03 : Colchagua Valley

    This morning after checking out of your hotel, your driver and guide will take you south to the Colchagua Valley.
     

    The Colchagua Valley is located 180 km (110 mi) south of Santiago, at the southernmost portion of the Rapel Valley. This is one of Chile’s best known wine regions and has earned much applause for its full-bodied Cabernet, Carménère, Syrah, and Malbec, and its wines regularly appear high on the world’s lists of leading wines. The majority of the wineries are concentrated in the center of the valley, although new plantations climb hillsides and explore the western frontier toward the sea. Home to the ‘huaso’ (Chilean cowboys); one of Chile’s best-known regions for premium quality red varieties was named the ‘World’s Best Wine Region 2005’ by Wine Enthusiast.
     

    Upon arrival, you will visit the Montes Winery. ‘La Finca de Apalta’ is an essential part of the renowned Apalta Valley.  The Tinguiririca River forms a natural divider in this isolated area, while a mountain chain to the north helps maintain a soft ocean breeze that plays a key role in the Apalta climate.  To the south, the Tinguiririca River creates a wind corridor, while the steep south-facing hillsides allow the vineyards to obtain adequate light and sun exposure.
     

    Your tour here will conclude with a tasting of their premium wines.
     

    Our next stop today will be the Clos Apalta winery. This revolutionary winery is solely dedicated to the production of Casa Lapostolle’s world-class icon wine, Clos Apalta. The winery is 100% gravity-fed spanning five levels, three of which are buried into the granite of the Apalta hillside to provide a natural cool temperature environment for cellaring and ageing.
     

    Lunch will be at the vineyards award-winning restaurant.
     

    Our next destination will be to the Neyen Winery, where you will find the perfect blend of tradition and modernity.  The vineyards enjoy a privileged location within the horseshoe-shaped Apalta Valley: a small valley protected by the nearby Coastal Range from the winds that blow through the Tinguiririca River Canyon.
     

    Noi Blend Hotel, a new member to the Noi Hotel chain, was formerly a Manor House built in 1875, which has been converted into an urban chic oasis set in the natural and relaxed countryside in Santa Cruz.
     

    Noi Blend Hotel offers a high standard of service to guests and has all the amenities needed to escape for a weekend or a few days.
     

    The hotel has 13 cozy rooms each decorated with their own unique style, and includes a restaurant, pool, and barbecue area and spa services.
     

    Accommodation: Noi Blend Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast And Lunch

    Day 04 : Casablanca Valley

    This morning after checking-out of your hotel, your driver and guide will pick you up and take you 1 hour west of Santiago, to the Casablanca Valley.
     

    The Casablanca Valley is located between the coastal mountain range and the Pacific Ocean. Vineyards have grown here since 1875, but only since the 1980’s was the true potential of this valley discovered, when it was determined that the soil and the conditions were in many ways similar to the Napa and Sonoma valleys in California.  This valley is located in a temperate semi-arid climate zone, characterized by alternating short, relatively rainy winters and long, continually dry summers.  The valley is oriented in such a way that daily ocean breezes cool the grapes on the vines and result in intensely fruity wines. Additionally, very favorable sunlight conditions influence the grape ripening process, creating unique conditions that provide its wines with unique features.
     

    Upon arrival, we will visit some of the valleys best vineyards.

    Casa Marín is a boutique winery and fine wine producer. It stands out for its unique cool climate located in Lo Abarca – part of the San Antonio Valley – just 4 kilometers from the Pacific coast. The wines have been recognized internationally for their quality, innovation and market value. The winery produces the following varieties: Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Gris.
     

    Our next stop today will be to the Matetic vineyard, which was designed by their team in cooperation with the architect Lawrence Odfjell.  It is a state-of-the-art winemaking facility, constructed so as to complement its glorious setting.  In other words, harmony has been reached between the winery's organic agricultural practices and the natural landscape of the valley. This winery, which has a 300 thousand-liter capacity, relies on a gravitational-flow design that optimizes management of the grapes brought in from the nearby vineyards. During your tour here, you will learn about the different phases of wine production while appreciating the stunning views of the vineyards and the beautiful Rosario Valley.
     

    Afterwards we will enjoy a delicious lunch served in the vineyard's Equilibrio Restaurant, run by the prestigious chef Matías Bustos.

     

    After lunch, your driver and guide will take you to Santiago’s airport for your flight.
     

    Meals: Breakfast And Lunch

  • Duration
    4 days
    Difficulty
    Easy
    Primary Activities
    Food and Wine
    No. of travellers
    Min. 2
    Other Activities
    None
    Children Allowed
    No
  • Comfort
    Learn more
    Super luxury

    Our highest-end category of accommodation, Super Luxury is defined by top quality customer service and premium amenities. Hotels in this exclusive category include the Aman resorts, Oberoi Vilas hotels, and certain independent purveyors.

    Luxury

    Luxury Hotels meet the standards of most well-known 5-star hotel brands around the world, and include premium accommodations and amenities. In some cases our Luxury category overlaps with the "boutique" hotels, many of which are equally luxurious and accommodating.

    Boutique

    Boutique hotels are typically smaller, or independently owned hotels that offer top-end service and amenities equivalent to luxury providers. Boutique hotels often differentiate themselves from bigger hotel brands through their unique character, location, or history.

    Glamping

    Glamping (short for “glamorous camping”) and lodges denotes outdoor-focused accommodations that combine the best of nature with a designer / comfort angle in mind, so customers can get the best of both worlds.

    Camping

    Camping refers to a wide range of tented accommodation, which will most likely apply to outdoor / adventure trips like trekking, hiking, etc.

    Others

  • Price Details (per person)

    High Season Jan to Dec $ 2,285 $ 571 per day

    * All Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Some savings may be available for larger groups.

Cost Includes
  • Accommodation
  • Bilingual guide and driver
  • All program transfers in a spacious full equipped private van
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All beverages, beers and wines as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for wineries and museums
Cost Excludes
  • Lodging and transfers prior to or after program
  • Visa fees
  • Personal items such as: telephone, laundry and room service
  • Alcoholic beverages not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuities
  • Airfare
  • Sauna & SPA services are not included in some hotel rates
Day 01 : Santiago

Today upon arrival to Santiago’s airport, a driver and guide will meet you and take you to your hotel in Santiago.
 

Singular Lastarria in Santiago combines the style of early 20th century buildings with neoclassical French architectural influences. The result is a striking new addition to the Santiago cityscape.
 

Everywhere you go in this Santiago hotel, you’ll experience yet another pleasant surprise: an endlessly indulgent spa, a superlative dining experience at the Singular Restaurant, dazzling views and refreshing cocktails in the ninth floor Sky Bar. Step out onto the elevated terrace, and you’re treated to a spectacular view: the Parque Forestal, an arboreal escape, right alongside the hotel, and enjoy the roof top swimming pool.
 

The hotel is not only bounded by natural beauty, though; Lastarria is the epicenter of the arts here in Santiago. Walk just a few minutes, and you can discover some of the finest visual and performance art Chile has to offer at The Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Visual Arts, the Gabriela Mistral Center and more.
 

Accommodation: Singular Lastarria

No meals included.

Day 02 : Cachapoal Valley

This morning after checking out of your hotel, your driver and guide will take you south to the Cachapoal Valley.
 

The Cachapoal Valley is located 53 miles (85 km) south of Santiago. Most of Cachapoal's noteworthy vineyards are located towards the east of the region, in the foothills of the Andes, away from the warmer valley floor. The area is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon vines, while closer to the coast, where the ocean breezes flow through the coastal range, has more Carmenere vines.
 

Our first stop will be to the Altaïr vineyard, which is located close to the town of Requínoa. The main factors that give character and complexity to their wine are their proximity to the mountains and the cool breezes that come down causing a natural temperature in the vineyard of 25° and up, allowing them to extend the natural maturation of the fruit on the vine. The resulting wines exhibit delicate and soft tannins, bright aromas, and a freshness and natural acidity rare in the new world.  The wines are concentrated, but above all the stamp the Upper Cachapoal valley brings to their wines a remarkable finesse and elegance.
 

Our tour here will conclude with a tasting of their wines.
 

Next, we will head towards VIK Winery.  Viña Vik sits on a 4300-hectare property hidden in the forest on the northern side of the Apalta Valley. It has a very high level lodge with a privileged view overlooking our 70-hectare lake and 3,000 hectares of forests and vineyards. The 11,000-acre property is hemmed by contoured hills dotted with native forests.
 

Here the vines grow in the rolling valley and climbing the steep hillsides. The area boasts a very pleasant climate with warm sunny days and cool evenings. It is a pleasure to spend time at VIK discovering Millahue, ‘the place of gold’ in the local Mapuche language and the fabulous wine.
 

Here we will have lunch and a tour of their wine-producing facilities.
 

Afterwards, you will check in to your hotel.
 

New as of late 2014, Viña Vik hotel quite literally reigns over the Millahue Valley. Designed to resemble a gold ring, the hotel's titanium roof glows forth from its privileged position overlooking rolling hills lined with green vines and a large lagoon.
 

Viña Vik is an art filled 22-suite avant-garde retreat and wine spa located in Millahue, Chile on the VIK vineyard. The vineyard retreat is perched on a hilltop above a lake at the center of this spectacular 11,000-acre (4325 hectare) vineyard with panoramic 360-degree views of the vines, multiple valleys, hills, forests and mountains up to 1000 meters with the majestic Andes Mountains in the distance.
 

Communal areas include a wonderful granite infinity pool with a map of the southern hemisphere stars in LEDs on the bottom. Positioned so that it looks like it's overhanging the lagoon below, the sun lounger deck backs on to a gym, yoga room and games room. The lower floor is home to the spa with its five massage rooms and sauna. As well as massages and facials using grape–derived products, hair care treatments are also on the menu.
 

Viña Vik has a ‘zero kms’ policy, which means that all the produce comes from local providers in the surrounding region. There are no menus and every meal is different. It may be, for example, mushroom soup with blue cheese and cured ham made on the estancia, followed by wagyu beef with risotto, courgettes and bacon, then red berries in créme ingles for dessert.
 

Days are spent wine tasting and exploring the vineyard on foot, bicycle, or horseback with the wonderful huaso (horseman), Nano.
 

Accommodation: Viña Vik hotel

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 03 : Colchagua Valley

This morning after checking out of your hotel, your driver and guide will take you south to the Colchagua Valley.
 

The Colchagua Valley is located 180 km (110 mi) south of Santiago, at the southernmost portion of the Rapel Valley. This is one of Chile’s best known wine regions and has earned much applause for its full-bodied Cabernet, Carménère, Syrah, and Malbec, and its wines regularly appear high on the world’s lists of leading wines. The majority of the wineries are concentrated in the center of the valley, although new plantations climb hillsides and explore the western frontier toward the sea. Home to the ‘huaso’ (Chilean cowboys); one of Chile’s best-known regions for premium quality red varieties was named the ‘World’s Best Wine Region 2005’ by Wine Enthusiast.
 

Upon arrival, you will visit the Montes Winery. ‘La Finca de Apalta’ is an essential part of the renowned Apalta Valley.  The Tinguiririca River forms a natural divider in this isolated area, while a mountain chain to the north helps maintain a soft ocean breeze that plays a key role in the Apalta climate.  To the south, the Tinguiririca River creates a wind corridor, while the steep south-facing hillsides allow the vineyards to obtain adequate light and sun exposure.
 

Your tour here will conclude with a tasting of their premium wines.
 

Our next stop today will be the Clos Apalta winery. This revolutionary winery is solely dedicated to the production of Casa Lapostolle’s world-class icon wine, Clos Apalta. The winery is 100% gravity-fed spanning five levels, three of which are buried into the granite of the Apalta hillside to provide a natural cool temperature environment for cellaring and ageing.
 

Lunch will be at the vineyards award-winning restaurant.
 

Our next destination will be to the Neyen Winery, where you will find the perfect blend of tradition and modernity.  The vineyards enjoy a privileged location within the horseshoe-shaped Apalta Valley: a small valley protected by the nearby Coastal Range from the winds that blow through the Tinguiririca River Canyon.
 

Noi Blend Hotel, a new member to the Noi Hotel chain, was formerly a Manor House built in 1875, which has been converted into an urban chic oasis set in the natural and relaxed countryside in Santa Cruz.
 

Noi Blend Hotel offers a high standard of service to guests and has all the amenities needed to escape for a weekend or a few days.
 

The hotel has 13 cozy rooms each decorated with their own unique style, and includes a restaurant, pool, and barbecue area and spa services.
 

Accommodation: Noi Blend Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 04 : Casablanca Valley

This morning after checking-out of your hotel, your driver and guide will pick you up and take you 1 hour west of Santiago, to the Casablanca Valley.
 

The Casablanca Valley is located between the coastal mountain range and the Pacific Ocean. Vineyards have grown here since 1875, but only since the 1980’s was the true potential of this valley discovered, when it was determined that the soil and the conditions were in many ways similar to the Napa and Sonoma valleys in California.  This valley is located in a temperate semi-arid climate zone, characterized by alternating short, relatively rainy winters and long, continually dry summers.  The valley is oriented in such a way that daily ocean breezes cool the grapes on the vines and result in intensely fruity wines. Additionally, very favorable sunlight conditions influence the grape ripening process, creating unique conditions that provide its wines with unique features.
 

Upon arrival, we will visit some of the valleys best vineyards.

Casa Marín is a boutique winery and fine wine producer. It stands out for its unique cool climate located in Lo Abarca – part of the San Antonio Valley – just 4 kilometers from the Pacific coast. The wines have been recognized internationally for their quality, innovation and market value. The winery produces the following varieties: Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Gris.
 

Our next stop today will be to the Matetic vineyard, which was designed by their team in cooperation with the architect Lawrence Odfjell.  It is a state-of-the-art winemaking facility, constructed so as to complement its glorious setting.  In other words, harmony has been reached between the winery's organic agricultural practices and the natural landscape of the valley. This winery, which has a 300 thousand-liter capacity, relies on a gravitational-flow design that optimizes management of the grapes brought in from the nearby vineyards. During your tour here, you will learn about the different phases of wine production while appreciating the stunning views of the vineyards and the beautiful Rosario Valley.
 

Afterwards we will enjoy a delicious lunch served in the vineyard's Equilibrio Restaurant, run by the prestigious chef Matías Bustos.

 

After lunch, your driver and guide will take you to Santiago’s airport for your flight.
 

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Cost of the entire itinerary

High Season Jan to Dec $ 2,285 $ 571 per day
Cost Includes
  • Accommodation
  • Bilingual guide and driver
  • All program transfers in a spacious full equipped private van
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All beverages, beers and wines as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for wineries and museums
Cost Excludes
  • Lodging and transfers prior to or after program
  • Visa fees
  • Personal items such as: telephone, laundry and room service
  • Alcoholic beverages not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuities
  • Airfare
  • Sauna & SPA services are not included in some hotel rates
Climate

The valleys have a very dry and warm climate with rainy summers and winters (annually rainfall of 595 mm). During the summer, south and southwesterly winds cause low nighttime temperatures with great daily thermal oscillation. The thermal condition is sub-humidwith an average annual temperature of 14.9 ºC (57ºF).

Visas, Travel Documents and Special Permits

A reciprocity fee is required upon arrival to Chile for citizens of the following countries:

  • Albania
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Mexico

This fee must be paid in cash in US dollars and is valid for the life of your passport.   

Immunizations / Medical Requirements

No special vaccinations are required but an up-to-date tetanus shot will be helpful if you’re visiting a ranch. Please carry personal medications, if any.

Recommended Packing List
  • Fleece and windbreaker or parka.
  • Short- and long-sleeved cotton shirts.
  • Trekking pants (preferably ones that can be unzipped into shorts).
  • Comfortable hiking boots with anti-slip rubber soles and sturdy ankle support to avoid possible sprains.
  • Sneakers or sports shoes.
  • Swimsuit.
  • Flip-flops for use at the hot springs or at lakes.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Hat to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Hat or headband to protect your ears from the wind or the cold when at the geysers.
  • Sunscreen and lip protection.
  • Backpack to carry sunscreen, camera, water, etc
Meals provided

  • Buffet breakfast at most hotels.
  • Other meals (if provided) vary according to the hotel/restaurant

Other useful tips

Currency and Exchange
 

The currency in Chile is the peso, and don’t be confused in Chile when you see it associated with the dollar ($) sign, as that is the symbol they use. 

 

ATMs are available in most towns and are what you should be prepared to use for cash needs. Most machines are easy to use and will have directions for use in both Spanish and English. Most ATMs charge a 3000 pesos foreign transaction fee, in addition to your own banks fees.

 

You may exchange dollars at most hotels, though the rate is not great. Exchange houses, or “casas de cambio” are found on the main avenues in the cities and are the best places to exchange money.

 

Credit Cards

 

Credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard and American Express, are readily accepted in the larger cities, but not necessarily in rural areas. When using an American Express card, be prepared to pay a 2% surcharge. When paying for a meal with a credit card, you must add the gratuity to the itemized check that is presented to you. The server will then add the tip amount to the check amount and your credit card charge will reflect the total.

 

Time Zones

 

From September to April, Chile is on Chilean Summer Time (UTC -3).

 

From April to September, Chile is on Chilean Standard Time (UTC -4).
 

Connecting via Telephone
 

Calling from the US to Chile:

 

How to dial to a landline

  • 011 - US exit code; must be dialed first for all international calls made from the USA or Canada
  • 56 - country code for Chile
  • area code (1 - 2 digit codes)
  • phone number (6 - 7 digit numbers)
     

 Area Codes

  • Antofagasta 55
  • La Serena 51
  • Rancagua 72
  • Arica 58
  • Linares 73
  • San Antonio 35
  • Chillan 42
  • Los Andes 34
  • Santiago 2
  • Cohyaique 67
  • Los Angeles 43
  • Talca 71
  • Concepcion 41
  • Osorno 64
  • Temuco 45
  • Copiapo 52
  • Ovalle 53
  • Quillota 33
  • Curico 75
  • Puerto Montt 65
  • Valdivia 63
  • Iquique 57
  • Punta Arenas 61
  • Valparaiso 32

 

How to dial to cellular phone

 

For calls to a cell phone dial: 011 + 569 (then +9 or +8, or +7 or +6) - XXX-XXXX

 

Calling from Chile to the US:

 

There are, of course, several ways of placing international calls from Chile to the United States. Please bear in mind that all long-distance phone calls in Chile are routed through private telecommunications companies whose prefixes you have to use when you place the call. Following is a list of the most often used long-distance companies/prefixes:

 

Globus 120

 

Manquehue 122

 

Entel 123

 

Movistar 181

 

Carrier 155 (AT&T) 155 Prefix + country code + area code + telephone number

 

So, if, for example you were placing a call to the United States using Movistar, you would dial 181+ 01 + Area Code + Telephone Number.

 

Calling through Entel, you would have to dial 123+01+Are Code+Telephone Number.

 

If you are using a long-distance provider’s calling card, the dialing instructions are usually available on the calling card.

 

Calling within Chile: Calls made within Chile require the city code and local number.

 

Calling Codes Chile Country Code: 56

 

Santiago City Code: 2

 

Local Call: 2 + phone number Long Distance Call (within Chile): Carrier + area code + 2 + phone number

 

Mobile to Land line (within Chile): 0 + area code + 2 + phone number

 

Telephone Service in South America

 

Long distance phone calls can be made from hotels in cities, phone centers in cities and small towns, or phone booths. Calling from hotels is the most expensive option. Phone booths require either coins or a phone card. International phone cards are the least expensive option and are available at news kiosks. Phone Centers are the least expensive option. “Telefonica”, and blue phones with a CTC sign in Chile are storefront telephone centers with a number of phone booths. An attendant assigns you a booth, and your call is metered. You then pay the attendant after you’ve made your call. Cell phones are a little more complicated, and you should check with your service provider about your phone and your specific phone service. If you do choose to use your cell phone, there is service available in most of the developed areas of both countries.

 

Water

 

Although tap water is treated in the hotels and restaurants, it is probably better not to drink it. It is customary in restaurants to order bottled mineral water. Most South Americans drink “agua mineral con gas” (mineral water with gas), but you can order “agua mineral sin gas” if you prefer no carbonation. You can also purchase bottled water to take with you in small stores and supermarkets. Drinking fountains are rare in Chile.

 

Electricity

 

Chile uses 220 volts instead of 110 volts. For small appliances, such as a curling irons, hair dryers or electric razors, you will need both adapter plugs to fit the outlets and a converter to convert the electricity from 220 to 100 voltage, which prevents you from overheating the appliance. The dual watt automatic converter/adapter set by Travel Smart works very well for both needs.

 

Shopping

 

Store hours in Chile are typically 9 a.m. until 7 or 8 p.m. In smaller towns, some shops may close for a “siesta” in the early afternoon. Hours are not consistent so you may find that your favorite shop is closed when you want to buy something at the last minute. Chile uses the 24-hour clock, so 16:30=4:30 p.m.

 

Both countries have many specialty stores, such as the “perfumeria,” which sells cosmetics, the “farmacia,” which sells drugs, and the “panaderia,” which sells bread and cookies.

“Supermercados” sell a variety of goods, but you may need to find a specialty store for certain items. Note: It is difficult and expensive to buy over-the-counter drugs such as Advil, Tylenol or Sudafed. We suggest you bring a supply with you and, of course, bring a full supply of your prescription drugs.

 

You will find kiosks all over town that sell magazines, newspapers, gum, candy, and soft drinks.

 

Internet Access

 

Internet access is available at many hotels, some which charge a fee, and at internet cafes, which are numerous in most cities and towns. Internet cafes are easy to access and often offer a friendly gathering place for travelers.

 

Hotel Breakfast

 

Most hotels include a buffet-style breakfast. You will be presented with a check and asked for your room number, but the charge will not show up on your room bill. It is customary to leave a USD $1-$2 per person cash gratuity.

 

Gratuities

 

As in the US, it is customary in South America to provide small gratuities for various services. Gratuities are expressed as an appreciation for the expertise and insight that you’re well-trained, experienced guide shares with you, and are based on how pleased you are by the service provided.

 

The preferred currency for gratuities is pesos, but US dollars are generally accepted as well. Following are more specific guidelines for various types of scenarios that would warrant tipping. All amounts are provided in Chilean Pesos (note: the comma in the US is expressed as a period in Chile, so 1,000 pesos is expressed as 1.000 in Chile).

 

Taxi from airport to a hotel: In general, taxis do not expect a tip for trips within the city. Normally, locals round the fare up, so if the cost is 5.200 pesos, you pay 6.000. If you need help with luggage from the taxi driver, it is customary to tip 500 pesos.

 

Half-day tour with Private Guide: $5.000 per person or $40.000-$50.000 total for a large group.

 

Full-day tour with a Private Guide: $10.000 per person ($20.000 minimum for the day, even if just one person) and $50.000 minimum total for a large group.

 

Activities: For guided activities such as river rafting or a glacier trek, that are a little more standard and less personal, gratuities are not expected and are up to your own discretion.

 

Full-service Lodge with Activities: Maid service recommendation is $2.000 per day, Concierge Service recommendation is $10.000-$20.000 per stay, and Bellboy recommendation is $1.000 per bag. If you go out on half or full-day excursions, the recommendation for a half-day is $5.000 per person or $40.000-$50.000 total for a large group, and for a full day the recommendation is $10.000 per person with a $20.000 minimum, and $50.000 minimum total for a large group. When staying at small lodges, be prepared to pay for incidentals and gratuities in cash using the local currency.

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