Arrival in Chile
Located in the southwestern region of South America, Chile is a connected country by the major international airlines. All international flights arrive and depart to and from the international airport “Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez”, in Santiago de Chile (SCL).
Passport and visa requirements
All foreign citizens are required to enter Chile with a valid passport or identity card. Citizens from countries with valid bilateral agreements with Chile may enter the country with their identity card. These countries are: Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay and Peru.
Citizens from the European Union, the United States, Canada and Australia do not need tourist visas. However, some countries must pay a tax in cash (reciprocity tax) upon arriving at the airport in Santiago.
Please keep in mind that if you are carrying animal or vegetable products, upon entering the country, you must declare them to the Agriculture and Livestock Service (Servicio Agricola y Ganadero – SAG); in this way, you’ll be contributing to protecting the Chilean flora and fauna.
We recommend that you verify visa requirements prior to your trip. More information is available at visados.com
Getting to Puerto Varas
Flying to Puerto Montt
After arriving in Santiago, you can take a connecting flight to Puerto Montt. The airport in Puerto Montt is called “El Tepual” and is located just 20 km. from Puerto Varas. El Tepual receives 16 flights daily, which allows for great flexibility of itineraries and programs. Currently the airlines that fly to Puerto Montt are LAN, SKY Airline and Jetsmart. The flight from Santiago to Puerto Montt takes 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Upon arrival in El Tepual you can choose from a variety of options for the ground transportation to Puerto Varas (taxis, shuttles and buses).
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Buses to Puerto Varas
Taking a bus from Santiago to Puerto Varas is also an option. The trip takes approximately 10 hours and there are several bus companies that provide the service: Buses ETM , Tur Bus, Pullman Bus , Cruz del Sur.
Driving to Puerto Varas
Driving to Puerto Varas, along Ruta 5 Sur Highway, is also possible. Chilean highways are safe and well implemented.
All major Car Rental Services operate at Arturo Merino Benítez Airport in Santiago and at El Tepual in Puerto Montt.
Puerto Varas has more than 1,300 rooms in 3-star and 5-star hotels, which is the equivalent of approximately 4,000 beds, placing the city third nationwide in the provision of hotel accommodation. The hotels also have communal spaces of high quality and comfort in which to hold a business meeting or drink a coffee. There are also areas for rest and relaxation, such as swimming pools, spas, saunas, Jacuzzis and gyms, where you can renew your energies for the following day. All this is supplemented by a privileged view of the Llanquihue Lake and volcanoes.
We recommend making your lodging arrangements before your trip. Helpful advice may be found at: serviciosturisticos.sernatur.cl
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Puerto Varas is famous for the high quality of its restaurants. Its gourmet cuisine includes dishes based on fish and meat which are the specialty of the region. The city also offers traditional and cozy tea houses where you will be able to taste German influenced pastries.
Currency, Banks and Credit Cards
The national currency is the Chilean Peso (CLP). You can verify the rate of exchange at: www.emol.com. Although some shops in Chile accept Dollars and Euros, it is advisable to buy Chilean Pesos in official currency exchange offices as the exchange rate will be more convenient.
Banks open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are ATM machines easily available at public places and stores.
Most credit cards are accepted in Chile.
The official language of Chile is Spanish. However, English is spoken at hotels, restaurants, public services and some stores.
- 220V and 50Hz. Outlets allow for “Type C”.
- European CEE 7/16 Europlug
- (not grounded) and Type L
- Italina CEI CEI 23-26 /VII
- (grounded) plugs
Chile is a safe destination. However, and as in any place in the world, you should pay attention to your personal belongings and avoid risky situations. We recommend you leave your passport, documents and valuables in your hotel and carry photocopies of them.