Chile – My planned travel itinerary!

I have always wanted to visit South America. It has been one of my dream destinations. As part of my yearly long vacations during Christmas, I decided to head to the beautiful continent of South America. For me, visiting South America was incomplete without doing the Inca Trail, which meant I had to visit Peru.

I started researching for various flight options from Sydney. An economical option was to fly to Santiago and then take a connecting flight to Cusco. So, I decided to take a break at Santiago, Chile and also visit some beautiful locations within the country.

Chile is a long, narrow country on the west coast of South America. It has been rated as Number 1 country on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 list.

Flights

The flights from Sydney to South America are very expensive. It made it even more burden on my wallet because I am traveling during the Christmas break.

Flight 1: Sydney to Auckland

  • Provider: Air New Zealand.
  • Cost:AUD 419.56 (approx. USD 316.39) per person.

Flight 2: Auckalnd to Santiago

  • Provider: Qantas.
  • Cost: I had sufficient Qantas points which I traded in for the ticket from Auckland to Santiago. I paid about 92,000 Qantas points with NZD 33/AUD 29.78 (approx. USD 22.46) per person. The flight cost is generally between AUD 1000 (approx. USD 758.60) to AUD 1500 (approx. USD 1137.90) per person.

Flight 3: Santiago to La Paz (Bolivia)

  • Provider: LATAM Airlines
  • Cost: AUD 411.80 (approx. USD 310.54) per person.

Visa

The visa process for Chile is very simple and organised. I will list the detailed step by step process for obtaining Chile visa for Indian citizen residing in Australia.

  • Type of visa: Single entry Tourist visa.
  • Cost:AUD 73 (approx. USD 338) per person.

Stay

  • Accommodation: Zenteno Apartments in Santiago City Centre.
  • Cost: AUD 448.22 (approx. USD 338) for 7 nights.

Itinerary/Activities

Note: All these tours are booked with Viator. It is easy and convenient to book the tours.

Day 1: Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar

  • Activity planned: Full day tour of Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar.
  • Local tour contact: Stamp’s Tour (+56 999 516 940).
  • Cost of the tour: AUD 131.29 (approx. USD 99) per person.
  • The tour is a return tour from Santiago.

Day 2: El Morado Natural Monument

  • Activity planned: Glacier hike.
  • Local tour contact: Sociedad Turistica AndoAndes (+56 229 336 051).
  • Cost of the tour: AUD 145.88 (approx. USD 110) per person.
  • The tour is a return tour from Santiago.

Day 3: Santiago 

  • Activity planned: Santiago City Tour.
  • I will be exploring the city on my own without any tour.

Day 4: Cajon del Maipo and Sanjose

  • Activity planned: Cajon del Maipo and Sanjose Volcano hike.
  • Local tour contact: Sociedad Turistica AndoAndes (+56 229 336 051).
  • Cost of the tour: AUD 160.87 (approx. USD 121.31) per person.
  • The tour is a return tour from Santiago.

Day 5: Portillo Inca Lagoon at The Andes Mountains and San Esteban Vineyard

  • Activity planned: Portillo Inca Lagoon at The Andes Mountains and San Esteban Vineyard.
  • Local tour contact: Stamp’s Tour (+56 999 516 940).
  • Cost of the tour: AUD 187.69 (approx. USD 141.54) per person.
  • The tour is a return tour from Santiago.

Vaccinations

  • Doctor consultation for the below vaccines are covered by Medicare.
  • Hepatitus A combined with Typhoid – Vivaxim Inj 160U-25mcg/ImL 1 – AUD 125 (approx. USD 95)
  • Tetanus – Massbiologics Tet/Diphth 0.5ML – AUD 20 (approx. USD 15.2)

Note: The taxis, local transportation and food are not included in the above expenses. I will detail them out after my travel in Chile.

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