Before Travelling

Plan your trip and enjoy Aysen Patagonia.

One of the main issues travellers must consider before visiting the region is that it is largely formed by national parks and reserves; therefore, it is fundamental to have information regarding environmental awareness and respect for the flora and fauna of the place. For that purpose, there are rules and recommendations that must be followed, both for the sake of travellers’ health and safety as for the conservation of nature. For more information visit: www.conaf.cl
To those visiting from abroad, we suggest you take the following into account:

Before coming to Chile:

The first thing that visitors must do upon arrival to Chile is to pass through Immigration at the airport or customs and show their Identification, either a passport or I.D. card, as well as their Visa, if required.

They will then receive a Tourist Card with an expiration date of 90 days, which can be extended by another 90 days at immigration offices or regional administration offices.

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Reciprocity Tax:

Visitors coming from Australia must pay reciprocity taxes on their arrival to Chile. This tax is payable only at the Arturo Merino Benitez Airport in Santiago.

Australia: $56

Temporary admission of vehicles:

Chile and Argentina have an agreement that allows entering and leaving the country by a vehicle at the customs of the various border crossings or by filling out a single form online. www.chileatiende.gob.cl/fichas/ver/52

Temporary admission of vehicles: AUTHORISATION
Chile, Argentina or Bolivia 180 days maximum
Other countries Temporary Importation Title for 90 days

 

Custom formalities:

All passengers arriving in Chile have the right to enter all kinds of travelling luggage without having to pay customs duties for clothes or personal items. They may also enter professional equipment or work-related elements.

People over the age of 18 years may enter a maximum of:

400 units of cigarettes 500 grams of pipe tobacco
50 units of cigars 2.5 litres of alcoholic beverages

 

Among the things that customs do not consider as luggage are furniture, musical instruments, electronic devices, and office facilities.

Health formalities:

When entering the country, all passengers must declare possession of dairy products, fruits of any kind, animals, plants or seeds, meats, insects or similar elements. More Information at: www.sag.cl/ambitos-de-accion/productos-de-origen-vegetal-yo-animal-artesanias-y-otros

Health:

Chile is free of diseases such as malaria; therefore, visitors do not require any type of vaccine or medical examinations to enter and travel the country.

In Chile, the water is completely safe, there is no risk of getting any diseases from drinking it.

Holidays:

Chile usually has between 7 to 12 holidays per year, most of them are related to celebrations of the country’s history and religious festivals. It is essential to know which are the most important ones when planning a trip, as most commerce and offices close for the day.

Sunday, JANUARY 1

 

New Year

 

Monday, JANUARY 2

Additional Holiday

Friday, MARCH 14

Holy friday


Saturday
, MARCH 15Holy Saturday
Wednesday, APRIL 19

 

National Census Indisputable

Monday, MAY 1

 

Labor Day

Sunday, MAY 21

 

Naval Glories

 

Monday, JUNE 26

 

Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Sunday, JULY 02

Primary Election day
Sunday, JULY 16

 

Our lady of Mount Carmel

Tuesday, AUGUST 15

 

Assumption of Mary

 

Monday, SEPTEMBER 18

 

Independence Day, National Holidays

Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 19

Glories of the Army
Monday, OCTOBER 09

 

Encounter of Two Worlds

27 OCTOBER

Friday

Protestant and Evangelical Churches

NOVEMBER 1

Wednesday

All Saints Day

NOVEMBER 19

Sunday

Presidential Elections

8 DECEMBER

Friday

Immaculate Conception

17 DECEMBER

Sunday

* 2nd Round, Presidential Elections

25 DECEMBER

Monday

Christmas

* THE HOLIDAY OF THE 17TH OF DECEMBER WILL ONLY TAKE PLACE IN THE EVENT OF A SECOND ROUND OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.

 

How to travel in Aysén:

To travel in Aysén there are various possibilities. From a short bike tour, to a trip in Catamaran. Bikes can be useful for tourists if they wish to visit a specific sector or get to know the area differently. Rental bikes cost between $1,000 and $10,000 for the whole day.

Another way, is to rent a car to travel around the various locations. There are several companies that rent vehicles throughout the region.

Another option are the buses that go from one locality to another across the whole Region of Aysén.

View list of Buses (Excel file OIT TRANSPORT)

Light aircrafts offer the possibility to travel quickly, and they also offer an excellent opportunity to see the immensity of Aysen from the air.

Currency:

Coyhaique has three offices to change foreign money to local currency.

 

Casa de Cambio Austral

                      

Address: Paseo Horn No. 40

Phone: (+56) 985893867

Travel Agency Turismo Prado Address: Calle 21 de Mayo No.
417 Phone: (+56) 67-2234843
Casa de Cambio Emperador

 

Address: No. 171 Freire

Phone: (+56) 67-2233727

 

You may also exchange currency at Banco Estado branches and ServiEstado in various places within the region (only Euro and Dollar):

BancoEstado, Cochrane

OTHER PLACES FOR OFFICIAL CURRENCY EXCHANGE OPENING HOURS
BancoEstado, Coyhaique Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 14:00 hrs.
BancoEstado, Puerto Aysén Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 14:00 hrs.
BancoEstado Chile Chico, Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 14:00 hrs.
Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 14:00 hrs.
Coyhaique, ServiEstado Monday to Friday, from 08:00 to 19:00 hrs.

Saturday, from 09:00 to 17:00 hrs.

 

The region has banks only in the cities of Coyhaique, Puerto Aysén, Puerto Chacabuco, Puerto Cisnes, Chile Chico and Cochrane. It is important to bear in mind that you may only withdraw a maximum daily amount of $200,000 Chilean pesos from any ATM.

Argentine Tourists must enable their credit and debit cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Cabal) prior to their trip to Chile in order to withdraw money from ATMs. Also keep in mind that foreign tourists can use ATMs identified with the logos: 0

View map of ATMs and Currency Exchange Houses in Aysén.
Cajero Automático (ATM): ATM
Casa de Cambio (Money Exchange): $
Bank:

Climate:

The region of Aysén is characteristic for its continuous rain and low temperatures, it is hence always recommended to take warm clothes and protection against the rain, regardless of the time of year.

There are 4 types of climates in Aysén:

 

Mildly Cold and Rainy Climate

 

It is characteristic for its constant and abundant rains, with an average annual rainfall of 2000mm. It covers the whole zone of the Patagonian channels and the western slope of the Patagonian Mountain Range (northern part of Carretera Austral, the territory of the Cuenca del Palena Queulat.) Annual average temperature of 10ºC.

Trans-Andean climate with progressive change into steppes

 

Rainfalls diminish slightly, with an average ranging between 600mm to 2000mm per year. Temperature variations between the warmest and the coldest months is of 12ºC. It covers the areas of Coyhaique and its surroundings up to the east of Campo de Hielo Sur, right on the international boundary.

Cold Steppes Climate

 

To the east rainfalls gradually become less frequent, with an annual average of 600mm, and a notorious dry season during the year. The average annual temperature is approximately 6ºC. It is the most eastern part of the region, right next to the border with Argentina, from Río Cisnes to the south of Cochrane.

Ice Cold Highland Climate

 

Located on the peaks of mountains and the Andean Mountain Range. The average annual temperature does not exceed 0ºC, which generally implies that precipitations are solid. It covers the zones of Campos de Hielo, located above 800m from sea level.

 

Planning the trip:

Some passengers do not require a Visa to enter Chile, as is the case of tourists coming from the European Union. All of them are granted a 90-day permit to be in the country, except for Greece, which has a time limit of 60 days.

All passengers must have their passports up to date and valid for six months at the time they return to their country.

Visitors may request an extension of their permit, if they wish to stay longer than 90 days.

Tourists are not allowed to work or study in Chile.

Tourists coming from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Paraguay and Peru can enter with their identity cards or an equivalent document.

Some useful web pages for tourists are:

Chile receives flights from Aerolíneas Argentinas, Lan, Aeromexico, Airfrance, among other airlines. To check flight schedules, the official website of the Santiago airport is: www.nuevopudahuel.cl

Travelling to the Aysén region can be done by air or land.

Means of payment:

The Chilean currency is the Chilean peso, and its symbol is $. Purchases can be made with checks, credit cards or cash. For payments in cash, you may use coins of $50, $100 or $500, or bills of: