Intermediate: A reasonable level of fitness is required, as these conservation tourism trips can require sustained endurance levels, hills and longer days. These conservation tours are appropriate for all people and suitable for older adults in good health with overall good mobility, who are comfortable participating in up to 5 hours of physical activity per day. These tours may include hiking of moderate intensity at an easy pace, sometimes with steep and/or uneven trails, with obstacles such as wet logs, branches and muddy areas. All our guided tours include natural interpretation and focus on the history, volcanology and the native flora and fauna of the wilderness areas.
We advise you to bring clothing for warm and cold weather; also including a rain poncho and knee-high rubber boots (you can also buy them here for a low price). Include base layers, hat, windbreaker, gloves, sneakers, a waterproof jacket and any other waterproof item, sunglasses, bathing suit and sandals. Bright color clothing is NOT recommended. Don’t forget your camera!
Clothing to go birding in should be comfortable, which will encourage you to stay in the field longer. Non-restrictive garments in lightweight fabrics are often preferred, and dressing in layers allows for changing temperatures throughout the day without interrupting the birding. Clothes should be well worn in so there will be no chafing or blisters.
Food in Chile is great and healthy. Likewise, it is one of the highlights of this tour. Great wine, fresh and flavorsome produce, seafood and all kinds of meat (beef, pork, chicken, lamb and wild boar) will be part of the daily menus. We are prepared to cater vegetarian, pescaterian and gluten free food, however if you are vegan you may have to be flexible because in Chile we have very limited vegan options. Unfortunately, kosher food is not available.
As indicated in the program or similar.
Any policy you purchase should, at the very least, cover trip cancellation, loss of baggage, accident/life coverage, travel delays, and non-refundable airline tickets.
Carriers for travel insurance include World Nomads, Travel Guard and Travelex. You may also consider insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation. Search the web to find the best deal that suits your needs – read the fine print –
Visa to enter Chile: No advance Visa application is needed for entry into Chile. Australian and Mexican citizens entering Chile for tourism purposes will be charged a $160.00 processing fee payable on arrival. Cash and credit card accepted. USA, Canada, and New Zealand citizens no longer need to pay the reciprocity fee ($160.00) to enter Chile. A valid passport is required travelling as a tourist for 90 days.
Modern van or minibus according to group size. Air-condition.
Slight itinerary modifications might occur due to weather and or road conditions, or force majeur.
In Chile, the local currency is called “Peso”.
The current exchange rate is $1 USD = $650 Chilean Pesos (CLP).
Travel checks are not convenient because only few places accept them and the exchange rate is 10% lower than dollar bills. Most credit cards are accepted at shops, restaurants and hotels. The most common cards are Master Card, Visa and Dinners Club. American Express is less commonly accepted that the others. There is no need to bring a large amount of cash; there are ATMs almost everywhere we go on the tour. The maximum amount of money that you can withdraw per day is equivalent to $300.000 CLP.
For up to date information we suggest you visit the website www.xe.com/ucc/
In Chile, the gratuity for hospitality services is normally 10% of the bill. People usually tip in restaurants, hotels and the local staff of guides. You shouldn’t tip taxi drivers, baggage carriers and bar tenders, they do not expect any tips. At the end of the trip gratuity for the crew for a job well done is highly appreciated. We encourage you to use your discretion and tip according to the caliber of service you receive. As a guideline, the industry standard is $120 dollars per person, per guide.