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What is included in the price of IE’s Patagonia travel packages?
- Flight from Porvenir to Punta Areanas
- Rare encounter at king penguin colony
- Puma searches
- Lunch with a Patagonian gaucho family
- Field study of wildflowers & flora
- Explore glacial areas on foot & by boat
- Full day in Los Glaciares
- Daily hiking excursions
- Excursion to Otway Magellanic Penguin colony
- Sunrise visits to photograph Paine Towers
- Daily birding, including Rio Verde condor roosts
- 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. However, U.S. citizens must pay a reciprocity tax upon arrival in Santiago. The reciprocity tax is currently $131 USD, to be paid in U.S. dollars or by credit card at the airport in Santiago. The receipt for the tax will be stapled into your passport and is valid for the life of the passport. If you have previously visited Chile on your current passport and still have the receipt contained therein, you do not need to pay the tax again for this trip. A Tourist Card will be issued for a stay of up to 90 days upon payment of a reciprocity fee.
Argentina – A visa is not required for U.S. or Canadian citizens to enter Argentina. However, U.S. 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 from Torres del Paine in Chile. 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.
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.