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Frequently Asked Questions – Chile

 

Dear Chile Traveler,
The following FAQ’s about trip logistics will assist you in this journey.

1. Passport: A valid passport is required for entry into Chile; those traveling on regular passports do not need a tourist visa. A tourist card is issued at the international port-of-entry at a fee of $160.00 payable in U.S. dollars only. http://chile.usembassy.gov/tourist_cards.html. All participants should carry a photocopy of the personal data page of your passport. A copy of your passport is the easiest way to prove your identity if you happen to lose your passport.

If you are traveling with a passport from a different country other than the USA, please call the Chilean Consulate nearest to you and find out if there are any visa requirements. You can also check the requirements for each country by logging onto www.chile-usa.org/consular.htm

2. Booking Your Flight: You are booking your own international flights to Santiago, Chile. If you arrive before the starting date of the trip, you will be responsible for your own taxi transfer, hotel accommodations before the trip starts, and transportation to Los Lobos Lodge. You can book a private transfer from Los Lobos if you wish.

Once you have your flight information, please email it to marla@thefourwinds.com . This way we will be able to track your arrivals.

3. Extra Nights: If you decide to arrive early or if your flight schedule requires you to stay in Chile one or more extra day or extra nights, you can stay at Los Lobos with previous reservation and confirmation of availability. Otherwise we recommend the W Hotel in Santiago or Holiday Inn in the Santiago Airport.

4. Herbs and supplements: Bring your daily supplements if you take any. Be sure to declare any herbs when coming in thru customs to avoid fines.

5. Food and Water: While in Chile avoid drinking tap water since your system might not be used to the local flora. Once you arrive at Los Lobos Lodge, the water is pure and clean, and meals with special dietary requirements such as gluten or lactose intolerance are provided.

6. Travel Insurance: If for some unforeseen reason you must cancel your journey, your deposit is non-refundable. The Four Winds Society strongly recommends that you purchase travel insurance. One option is Travelex Insurance, which offers Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Trip Delay and Baggage insurance. We suggest you purchase travel insurance within three weeks of your initial trip deposit for the best coverage. For complete details, please visit: www.travelexinsurance.com or call customer service at 1-800-228-9792 Monday – Friday 8am – 7pm CST. Please refer to Location 44-0014.

7. Money: Consider exchanging $200 – $400 dollars at the airport. Once we arrive at the Lodge we’ll be a half hour drive from the closest ATM. We recommend that you call your bank ahead of the trip to make sure that you have access to ATMs in a foreign country and which ATMs will work for your cards. Traveler’s checks are accepted in very few places. Make sure that the dollar bills you bring into Chile have no tears or rips. It can be a problem to change these.

9. Tips:
Tips are not included in your workshop fee. Please consider 10-20 dollars per day payable at checkout. Feel free to tip on the spot for exceptional service.

10. Health: Chile has world class medical care, and no public health threats. You can visit the CDC web site for US government information about traveling to Chile. See www.cdc.gov/travel/tropsam.htm If you take any prescription medicines be sure to bring enough for your travels. Containers should be clearly labeled with prescription forms to avoid problems at Customs. A travel first aid kit is advisable, as well as bringing your own favorite personal “remedies.” Remember, you are responsible for your own health.

11. What to bring:

  • Sun protection: sunglasses, hat, sunscreen (SPF over 30).
  • Lightweight clothing for day-time and warm for evenings. Very comfortable clothing for yoga and movement.
  • Lightweight hiking shoes (w/ankle support are best) and good hiking socks.
  • Tevas or strapped hiking sandals (optional).
  • Emergen-C (electrolyte) packets & snack foods (protein bars).
  • Daypack or waist pack. Money belt for cash and passport is useful.
  • Water bottle.
  • Pocketknife (for fruit, etc.).
  • Swimsuit (we have a swimming pool)
  • Small flashlight with extra batteries is handy.
  • Camera, film, digital cards and extra batteries.
  • Items of a personal nature & toiletries. Bring Kleenex, wet wipes and zip lock bags for day hikes – as with everything, what you carry IN on a hike – must be brought OUT and disposed of properly. Ladies, be prepared with feminine hygiene products as well.
  • Bring one dress, skirt, slacks, shirt, or nicer clothes in case we have a party.

12. Temperatures:
From the low 90’s in the day to the low 60’s at night time. No humidity. No bugs that bite.

13. Emergency contact:
If you have any other questions please contact Marla Schmidt at marla@thefourwinds.com 
Thank you for journeying with us!