Valle Nevado & Nevados de Chillan Ski Experience
It’s the Chilean ski experience you’ll never forget: 7 days at 2 of the world’s best ski resorts.
Once You’ve arrived
Please ensure that all passports are valid for at least 90 days following your return date. Passport holders from Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United States do not need a visa to enter Chile, Argentina, or Uruguay for a stay of up to 90 days.
What should I do if my passport is lost or stolen?
In the event that your passport is stolen, you should immediately contact your home country’s consular office. A good precaution is to always carry a copy of your passport personal information page and of any visa documentation and keep them in a safe location separate from your original passport.
Once you land – and before proceeding through immigration and customs – passport holders from some countries are required to pay a Reciprocity Fee. While we provide details below, we strongly recommend consulting your destination country’s embassy for the most up-to-date information.
Chile: Australia (US$ 95), Canada (US$ 132), Mexico (US$ 23), the United States (US$ 160). The fee is payable in cash or by credit card. A receipt will be stapled to the last page of your passport and is valid for multiple entries for the life of the passport. For citizens of Australia and Mexico, the receipt is valid for multiple entries for a period of 90 days from the date of issue.
Argentina: Australia (US$ 100), Canada (US$ 75), United States (US$ 160). The fee must be paid online prior to entering Argentina (http://www.migraciones.gov.ar)). Travelers must then bring proof of payment with them and present it when they enter Argentina. For US citizens, the payment is valid for multiple entries for a period of 10 years from the date of issue, for Australian citizens it is valid for 1 year, and for Canadian citizens it is only valid for 3 months, although it is possible to pay a higher fee that will remain valid up to 3 months before the passport’s expiration. These fees now apply to every point of entry into Argentina (excludes those travelling via cruise ship).
Uruguay: Currently there are no reciprocity fees for travel to Uruguay.
Meeting Your Driver
At the Santiago International Airport our drivers will be carrying a sign with the Santiago Adventures logo. Leaving the customs area, turn to your left to find the rental car counter. We tell our drivers to meet their clients in front of the rental car counters, close to exit door n°3.
No immunizations are required to enter Chile, Argentina, or Uruguay. However, we recommend consulting your health-care provider and informing them of your travel plans, as they will determine if you need any vaccines or medications based on your personal health and immunization history. Visit the CDC website (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm) for detailed travel health information.
In Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay, the electricity standard is 220 volts/50Hz. Electrical sockets have two openings for tubular pins. For most electronic devices, both a converter and a plug adapter will be necessary.
As in the case of all international travel, it is advisable to give your stomach time to become accustomed to a new area’s food and water. With that said, we recommend drinking bottled or boiled water, and minimizing your intake of raw fruits and vegetables, for the first few days you are abroad. Argentina’s water is safe to drink in most areas. In the northern region, including Salta and Iguazú, however, we strongly recommend drinking bottled water or boiling water before drinking. Chile has high standards for drinking water, and tap water is safe to drink. In Santiago, it might have somewhat of a chlorine taste. It is also safe to drink tap water in Uruguay.
Argentina’s currency is the Argentine peso. Banknote denominations are 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 Argentine pesos. Coins are in denominations of 5, 10, 25, 50, 100 centavos (100 centavos = 1 peso). Exchange rates vary on a daily basis, but in recent years the ratio has remained relatively stable at US$1 = approx 3 Argentine pesos (AR$).
Chile’s currency is the Chilean peso. Banknote denominations are $1.000, $2.000, $5.000, $10.000, and $20.000. Coins are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, and 500 pesos. Exchange rates vary on a daily basis, but a quick ballpark estimation is US$1 = approx 500 CLP.
Uruguay’s currency is the Uruguayan Peso (Ur$). Banknote denominations are 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 pesos. Coin denominations are 50 centavos, 1, 2, 5 and 10 pesos. Exchange rates vary on a daily basis, but a quick estimate is US$1 = approx 20 Uruguayan pesos.
The general recommendation when traveling is to avoid exchanging currency at the airport unless it is absolutely necessary. Whether to exchange cash, use traveler’s checks, or an ATM depends on where you travel and your comfort level. Remember that there are fees associated with exchanging currency, international charges, and cash machines.