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What is included in the price of IE’s Patagonia travel packages?
- Roundtrip scheduled air between Punta Arenas and Porvenir
- Rare encounter at king penguin colony
- Lunch at a Patagonian gaucho farm
- Field study of wildflowers & flora
- Explore glacial areas on foot & by boat
- Full day in Los Glaciares
- Daily hiking excursions
- Excursion to Magdalena Island Magellanic penguin colony
- Sunrise visits to photograph Paine Towers
- Daily birding, including Cerro Benitez
- Nightly briefings & recap of wildlife sightings by experienced native expedition leader
- Accommodations in well-located lodges
- Enjoy drinks made with glacial ice
- Tips to porters, drivers, local guides & waiters for included meals
- Arrival & departure transfers
Are visas required for travel to Patagonia?
Chile – A visa is not required for U.S. or Canadian citizens to enter Chile. A Tourist Card will be issued for a stay of up to 90 days upon arrival. As of February 2014 U.S citizens no longer need to pay the reciprocity tax to entre Chile. Canadian citizens are still charged USD160 per person reciprocity tax upon arrival.
Argentina – A visa is not required for U.S. or Canadian citizens to enter Argentina. However, U.S. and Canadian citizens must pay a reciprocity tax. The reciprocity tax is currently $160 USD and MUST BE PAID IN ADVANCE VIA THE INTERNET. You cannot pay the reciprocity tax upon arrival in Argentina. Please visit https://www.argentinareciprocity.org/ to pay for and print your receipt for the Argentina reciprocity tax. Not having proof of payment of the reciprocity tax will result in denial of entry into Argentina, without exception. Subsequently you’ll have to make plans to return home via Chile or other destination not in Argentina and cannot continue with the group.
If you will be visiting other countries prior to or after your visit to Patagonia, consult with the embassies of those countries to determine if a visa is needed for those stays. Visa policies, fees and equivalent U.S. dollar amounts are subject to change without notice. For information contact the Chile and Argentina consulates nearest you.
What vaccinations are required for Patagonia travel?
No immunizations are required for entry into Chile or Argentina from the U.S. or for re-entry into the U.S.
How active is IE’s Patagonia travel package?
While you should be in general good health and physical condition, the trails we hike on in Patagonia are well maintained and walks are leisurely paced.
What climate can you expect during your Patagonia expedition?
Our expedition takes place in the summer season, so we can expect long hours of light. Temperatures in Santiago generally range from the mid-70s to the upper 80s. Summer weather should be delightful, with sunny days and minimal chance of rain. As you proceed south, the climate becomes cooler, windier, and wetter. At Torres del Paine and on the optional extension you can expect to experience the capricious spirit of the local weather. Lows are in the low to mid-40s, and highs range from upper-50s to the upper-60s F. Conditions can change quickly and often from windy and cool to sunny and clear to overcast with rain.
How much luggage can you bring on the Patagonia expedition?
Lan Chile allows two pieces of checked luggage weighing no more than 50 lbs. on the international flight. However, the baggage allowance for the internal flights (Chilean domestic air) is restricted to 44 lbs. for the checked luggage (two pieces allowed) and 17 lbs. for your carry-on (one piece allowed). Excess baggage charges, which can be substantial, are your responsibility. Please limit your baggage to one medium-sized bag (large-sized if also going on extension) and one carry-on bag for a total of 50 pounds. Water-resistant luggage is recommended.