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Patagonia is a geographic region containing the southernmost portion of South America. Located in Argentina and Chile, it comprises the southernmost portion of the Andes mountains to the west and south, and plateaux and low plains to the east. Patagonia offers all the dramatic landscape one would expect from the world's ultimate land's end. Here the South American con ...Show More

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Passport Requirements for Patagonia Tours

American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart Argentina.Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.

Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from the original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed the replacement process should you lose your passport.

Visa Requirements for Patagonia Tours

American and Canadian citizens traveling on regular passports for business or tourist purposes do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Please note that if you are staying longer than 90 days, obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is recommended that you check with the Embassies of Argentina & Chile for the most up- to-date information.

For more visa information please visit:

America: www.travisa.com

Canada: www.travisa.ca

Insurance Recommendations for Patagonia Tours

Cancellation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty doctor’s bill while away. Insurance can be purchased through us.

Vaccination Requirements for Patagonia Tours

Some vaccines require more than one dose or a major length of time to be effective. For that reason, it is recommended to see your doctor or health provider at least 6 to 8 weeks before your trip. Please bring vaccination certificates with you in your carry-on luggage as you may need to present them on arrival.

For all vaccinations and health requirements, you can also refer to the recommendations from:

World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.

Medication Requirements for Patagonia Tours

If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.

Other recommended Items:

  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), after-sun lotion, lip balm, sunglasses
  • Insect repellent with a high concentration of DEET (at least 30 percent)
  • Basic medicine kit (painkillers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, etc.)
  • Digestive aids such as Imodium, Pepto-Bismol. Also, re-hydration salts and anti-diarrhea preparations
  • Hydrocortisone tablets or cream for allergic skin reactions and bites
  • Anti-nausea tablets if you suffer from motion sickness

Weather, Seasons and Climate in Patagonia

Because of its size, and its location covering two different countries, the weather in Patagonia can vary greatly and it is very unpredictable. The overall climate is cool and dry, with the east coast being warmer than the west especially in the summer. Fall and spring tend to be quite short, with long winters where there is a substantial difference in temperature during the day and night. The average temperatures across Patagonia are generally between 26 °C (78 F) and −2 °C (28 F). Most of the precipitation in the area is on the west coast, especially towards Torres del Paine where they receive mild weather and an annual precipitation of 4,000 to 7,000 mm. The rest of the region stays relatively dry throughout the year.

For up-to-date forecasts, check www.weather.com.

Clothing and Essential Items for Patagonia Travel

Suggested items to pack:

  • Quick-drying shirts, shorts and hiking trousers (zip-off trousers are highly recommended)
  • Waterproof windbreaker, long trousers & long-sleeved tops for the cool weather
  • Bathing suit and small towel
  • Comfortable clothes for hanging out in the evenings
  • A good set of earplugs can be invaluable to block out noisy dogs, monkeys, neighbours and traffic.
  • Flashlight/ Watch/Alarm clock
  • Plastic bags, good for keeping valuables dry in the rainy season
  • Binoculars if you are interested in the local wildlife—especially birds
  • Hiking poles if you will be doing a lot of hiking

Photographers: Remember to pack sufficient memory cards, a spare camera battery, charger and dust-resistant case.

Electricity, Phone and Internet in Patagonia

Electricity: Electricity in Patagonia is supplied at 220-240 Volts.

Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options.

Internet: Internet cafés and wireless access is available in most urban areas, airports and hotels.

Currency in Patagonia

Patagonia has no official currency, but both Argentina and Chile do. The official currency of Argentina is the Argentine peso (ARS), divided into 100 centavos, while the official currency of Chile is the Chilean peso (CLP), divided into 1,000 escudos. ATMs are available in most cities but it is still best to carry alternative forms of payment as daily withdrawal limits are low and machines don't always work. For current exchange rates please visit www.xe.com

Quick Facts for a Patagonia Tour

Argentina

Capital: Buenos Aires

Language: Spanish

Currency: Argentine Peso (ARS)

Religion: Christian

Time Zone: UTC -3

Electricity: 220 Volt, 50 Hz

Telephone: Country code for calling is +54

Calling North America: Dial 001 plus area code and your 7-digit number

Emergency numbers in Argentina: Police: 911, Medical Emergency Services: 107 Firemen: 100, Ambulances: 107

Chile

Capital: Santiago

Language: Spanish

Currency: Chilean Peso (CLP)

Religion: 70% of the population is Roman Catholic

Time Zone: UTC -4

Electricity: 220 Volt, 50 Hz

Telephone: Country code for calling is +56

Calling North America: Dial 001 plus area code and your 7-digit number

Emergency numbers in Chile: Police: 133, Medical Emergency Services: 131 Firemen: 132

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