of film or lots of memory in your digital cameras. We will see
many Nationals Park, volcanoes, lakes, highlands, beautiful beaches, unique
landscapes and breathtaking sunsets. If you use slide film, you’d
better stock up in Santiago.
---Sun Screen. Have you ever heard of the Hole in the
Ozone? Well be wise and get a good protective cream. Over 15 SPF will
Even in summer the weather can be a little bit cold and rainy.
-Swim Suit. Chile is a conservative catholic country. Skinny dipping
and nudism is illegal (but all right at night or on lonely beaches).
---Bottle Opener.The rest of the Swiss army knife may also be useful.
WHAT NOT TO BRING:
---Drugs. While Chileans have a fairly tolerant attitude towards soft drugs, Chilean
law hasn’t, and believe me, the interior of Chilean jails can hardly
be considered one of the country’s highlights.
-- Sleeping bag. There’ll be the possibility of camping in some places.
We’ll provide the tents and sleeping bags for FREE, but bring your own if you prefer. -Cooking gear. We will provide pots,
pans, stoves and “kiss the cook” aprons.
--Chile is situated between
the Andes and the Pacific Ocean on a narrow strip of land which
is 350 kms wide and 4329kms long. It's an extraordinary country which
has a bewildering variety of landscapes and micro-climates, from
deserts and subtropical islands to ice fields, fjords and glaciers.
--The extreme longitude of Chile and its topography
determine the climatic variation across the country. The northern
area has a magnificent climate throughout the year, with over a 90%
of radiant, sunny days. As you head down the country or higher into
the mountains it gets progressively colder, although during the summer
the weather is pretty good.
--According to the most recent census, Chile
has a population of 15 million people, with 32% concentrated in the
Metropolitan region. The vast majority of Chileans can trace their ancestry
back to Europe, particularly Spain. However there are still few native
Chileans, mostly Mapuches, Atacameños, Aymarás, Quechuas,
Coyas, Yaganes and Rapa Nuis (natives to Easter Island).
There are two types, a basic one which enables the holder to enter the
country once only for a maximum period of 90 days, and a multiple one,
which enables the user to enter and exit the country during the time
authorized. It is given to those entering the country with recreational
intentions, for sports, health reasons, business, family, religion and
other similar reasons. It is not a work permit.
--Temporary Visa: this has a maximum
period of one year and is granted to foreigners who can prove family
links or a special interest in Chile. It allows the holder to take on
any legal activity without special limitations, and is renewable only
Visa: This is for foreigners who arrive with the intention
of studying and has a maximum validity of one year. You must be able
to prove your enrollment with a public education establishment and
have sufficient funds for the duration of your stay and studies.
--Your ticket will
be valid for the chosen route for an unlimited period of time. Bear
in mind that your tourist visa is valid for a maximum of 3 months, but
you can extend it by leaving and re-entering the country.
--Travel reservation must be made 48 hours
prior to departure, either by calling the head office or talking with
your bus guide/driver. Failing to board a bus will result in the cancellation
of the booked segment.
--Your first day of travel must occur within three months from the
day the ticket was issued.Passes are transferable but not refundable
after the first day of travel, a transfer will be valid only if all
the information about the new holder is sent to the head office.
There is no extra cost involved in the transfer.
--Lost tickets will be
replaced upon proof of purchase, with a re-issue fee of Ch$ 10.000
plus the cost of express mailing.
Pachamama by Bus will not be liable
for lost, stolen, damaged or forgotten items. Passengers are covered
by a compulsory accident insurance, according to Chilean road regulations.
Pachamama by Bus will not be liable for passenger illness or any
other injury. Partially used tickets and deposits are not refundable.
--Fares, routes and departure schedules are subject to
change without further notice. Pachamama by Bus will not be held
responsible for schedule modification or delays due to weather conditions,
technical problems or similar.
--Pachamama by bus reserves the right to cancel tickets of passengers
carrying dangerous or illegal items. The guide/driver can refuse
boarding to passengers who misbehave or cause annoyance to other
--Pachamama by Bus makes clear to the passengers that they
are engaging in this activity at their own risk. Any dispute or claim
will be treated in Chile under Chilean law.
Agustinas 2113 , Santiago, Chile. Phone (56-2)26888018