Across Patagonia: Chile's Lakes, Mountains & Wildlife - 2017

Santiago • Puerto Varas • Chiloé Island • Puerto Natales & Torres del Paine • Chilean Fjords
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Before You Go

From money matters to packing tips, we’ve got all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming Vantage journey. Just click on an item below to read more about it.

Passports & Visas

Planning your trip

Your trip will be here before you know it! Here's some information specific to the destinations you'll be visiting to help you prepare for your journey.

Travel Documentation

The following information applies to U.S.citizens only. Those traveling on other than a U.S. passport are required to contact the embassies or consulates of the countries to be visited for further information and special requirements.

A valid passport is required for all air and sea travel to or from Canada and the U.S. effective January 8, 2007. This is a change from prior travel requirements and does affect any U.S. citizen entering the United States from countries within the Western Hemisphere. This new requirement will also affect Canadian citizens that travel by air to embark in U.S. ports. Expired passports are not acceptable and passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the scheduled return date of your vacation.

Passport and Visa

The following information applies to United States citizens only. Those traveling on other than a United States passport should contact the embassies or consulates of the countries they are visiting for further information and special requirements.

Country Passport Visa
Chile Y N

NOTE: Non-U.S. citizens or passport holders, it is your responsibility to contact their local embassy or Consulate for requirements which will vary from above.


  • Must be valid for at least six months following your scheduled departure. 
  • Should be in good condition.
  • Bring a photocopy of the pages of your passport that contains your personal information and extra passport photographs with you. These are useful in the event of loss.
  • No Visa requirements for Chile
  • For up-to-date information, please visit Generation Visa at
  • Non-U.S. citizens or passport holders, it is your responsibility to contact your local embassy or consulate for requirements which will vary from above. 


Suggested tipping guidelines in USD:

  • Adventure Leader: $8-$12 per person, per day
  • Local Guide: $2-$3 per person per day                                                                    
  • Driver: $1-$2 per person per day
  • Portage at Hotels & Restaurants: Tips to luggage porters and for included meals will be taken care of by your Adventure Leader. For hotel maids, it is customary to leave $1 per person per day.
  • Non-included meals: 10% depending on service (cash only/cannot be added to the check)


At this time, vaccinations are not required for your tour; however, we advise that you check with your personal physician to verify your particular needs. For more information on health-related issues while traveling overseas, contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by visiting or calling toll free 1 (800) 232-4636.


  • Do not drink the tap water at hotels, it is safe for brushing your teeth, however. One bottle of water per person per day will be provided, as will most meals.
  • Drink plenty of bottled fluids, bring vitamins or supplements if you use them at home, and take precautions in the sun. Pre-moistened, individually antibacterial hand gel is also recommended.
  • Be sure to bring insect repellent (preferably with DEET), especially if joining the extension to Easter Island.
  • Due to the sailing conditions of Drake Passage, you need to check with your doctor for the best options of sea sickness medication, as some of them may have negative side effects. 

Climate/Time Zone

Time Differences

Traveling to South America is very convenient as you will not have to cross many time zones. Therefore there is no jetlag upon arrival from your overnight flights.   

Country Time Difference
Chile -1 hours

Note: The above times are based on Eastern Standard Time. Easter Island is included in the same time zone as mainland Chile.


Keep in mind that the Southern Hemisphere is in the exact opposite season you’ll be used to. You will be visiting during AUSTRAL SUMMER so expect 17r daylight in December. Days will get longer and temperatures will decrease as you head south (check above temperature by destination in Fahrenheit) 

Since weather is unpredictable, please use this chart as a general guideline and check weather sites online for 10-day forecasts closer to your departure date to plan your packing accordingly.

Average High/Low Temperature (Farenheit)
Jan Feb Mar Sept Oct Nov Dec
Santiago H 85 84 80 65 71 77 82
L 54 53 49 42 45 48 51
Punta Varas H 67 66 63 54 57 60 65
L 49 49 47 40 42 44 48
Punta Arenas H 57 57 54 46 50 53 56
L 45 45 42 35 38 40 43
Easter Island H 78 79 78 70 71 73 76
L 70 71 70 62 62 65 67

Money Matters

Country Unit of Currency
Chile Chilean peso Get Exchange Rate

Note: ATMs are widely used in South America (there might be a bank fee for using the ATM)

You MUST NOTIFY your bank with exact dates of your trip to be able to use ATM & Credit card (otherwise ATMs will keep your card since it is considered as a suspicious operation)

  • Credit cards are widely accepted at restaurants and some stores.
  • Major credit cards accepted
  • Travelers’ checks are not recommended at all as they cannot be easily cashed
  • CASH (in USD) is still the most convenient and widely accepted currency in South America
  • Bring small bills (1s, 5s and 10s) for small tips and purchases
  • Bring $100 bills for cashing into local currency as you will get a better exchange rate
  • Be sure the bills are not torn or dirty; bills in poor condition won’t be accepted

Chile's Currency

The unit of currency in Chile is the peso. Banknote and coin denominations are as follows:

  • Banknotes: 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, and 20,000 pesos
  • Coins: 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, and 500 pesos

Exchanging Money

Money can be changed at some hotels (not at the best rate, however), banks or exchange offices known as Casas de Cambio.

They are typically open during regular American banking hours on weekdays and on some weekends.

Your Adventure Leader will assist you on this matter at arrival

How much to bring?

We suggest bringing $600-$800 per person in U.S. cash; bring even more if you are planning on shopping


Allow about $15-20 for lunches and $25-$35 for dinners that are not included in your adventure in major cities. 

Packing Guidelines

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Items can be expensive to buy once in South America and sizes will create extra issues. Please take everything you are likely to need other than food, especially medicines and health supplies like contact lenses, insect repellent and SPF. And, if you are bringing these items in a carry-on bag, please make sure they are in containers of 3 oz. or less. 

Please visit us online at www.vantageadventures or for a selection of products that may be helpful as you determine the packing list that’s best for you. The following suggestions are also available online by referencing the Before You Go section of our website.  

Suggested Packing List

Bringing the right clothing for this trip is very important since you will not able to full enjoy your experience unless you are properly dressed for Patagonia.

Packing for this adventure is not easy, as you will go from Santiago (33 latitude South) thru the Lakes District of Northern Patagonia (42 latitude South) and end up in Torres del Paine National Parks in (53 latitude South) Southern Patagonia, where temperatures may drop to the low 40s F even in summer due to the wind factor! Winds of 40-60 mph are quite common here. The key is LAYERS!


  • 2 short-sleeved cotton shirts. Polo-style shirts are more versatile than T-shirts.
  • 2 long-sleeved cotton shirts — for sun protection as well as for warmth.
  • We recommend technical ALL TERRAIN SOFT SHELL hiking pants or hiking lightweight safari-style convertible trousers that zip off at the knee to be worn as shorts.
  • 2 pairs of walking shorts.
  • 5 or 6 changes of underwear. 1 change should be Thermal or silk underwear in case of low temperatures.
  • Light fleece/soft shell or wool sweater. Sweatshirts and turtlenecks are good insulators. Better if silk.
  • Woolen hat, neck gaiters or scarf
  • Mittens or gloves
  • Sleepwear: 1 to 2 pairs of light- or medium-weight pajamas
  • Medium-sized ROLLING BAG since there are long distances within air and you will need to carry your bag as porters are not available.
  • UV SUNGLASSES, the glare from the lakes and ice can be very penetrating, even with the overcast skies. Get sunglasses with protection for the wind. Some people prefer ski goggles (only used if very windy)
  • Sunscreen, repellent, hand cleanser gel.
  • Day pack for carrying water, extra layers, etc.
  • Hiking poles, as they give extra support
  • Safety neck wallet or money belt to protect your valuables

For the extension to Easter Island, temperatures may reach the high 80s with high humidity. We suggest 2 different bags (1 for Santiago & Easter Island with mainly light-cotton clothing) and your Patagonia bag with all the heavier gear:

  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • 5 or 6 changes of underwear
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sundries and toiletries
  • Snorkeling mask (if interested)



2 to 4 pairs of socks. 2 pairs of warm socks

Optional EASTER ISLAND Extension: Hiking boots are also key due to the very uneven volcanic terrain of the island.

Here are suggested items:

  • Swimsuit (especially for EASTER ISLAND extension)
  • Travel alarm
  • Travel journal/notepad
  • Extra pair of reading glasses (these are expensive to purchase in South America)
  • Washcloth
Earplugs & eye cover masks (due to long daylight)

Flight Information

Flight Information

When planning your flights, Vantage considers each airline's reputation for quality, service, and routing options to the destination. Vantage selects flights that both serve our groups' needs and ensure the best balance of quality and cost. Our flight team members will do their utmost to select flights that will get you to your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

First and Business Class Airfare Upgrades
Many of our programs offer first and/or Business Class upgrades, for more information, please visit our FlightChoice page.

Vantage encourages you to check current airport security regulations well in advance of travel, as rules may have changed since your last trip. For the latest information on airline security guidelines and boarding procedures, please visit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) web site.

While on Tour

While on Tour

Briefing sessions

Prior to arriving at most ports, your Vantage Program Manager will conduct an informative briefing concerning the daily schedule, local customs, and the included features of the program. It is strongly advised that all tour members attend the briefings.

Extending Your Trip

Vantage offers specially arranged pre- and post-extensions on many of our river cruises. See specific river cruises for details.

Additionally, if you would like to do some exploring on your own, either before or after your river cruise, Vantage can help arrange the details. In most cases, your flights can be adjusted for an earlier arrival date or a later return date. A non-refundable administrative fee will be assessed, plus any additional costs that may apply to the air ticket and hotel. Transfers to and from your hotel are not included when traveling independent of a Vantage group. Please ask a Vantage Sales Representative for additional details. Note also that some airline contracts may exclude changes to routing.

NOTE: Should you wish to make any changes to your plans to extend your trip, please do so no later than 60 days prior to your scheduled date of departure. Change and cancellation penalties apply to changes made after airline tickets have been issued.

Your Health & Comfort

Vantage wants you to have a safe, healthy, and happy journey. Our river cruises are planned to combine just the right amount of activity and leisure.

For personal medical attention while on your river cruise, your Vantage Program Manager can refer you to reliable physicians in the cities on your tour.

Please note that Medicare and U.S health insurance are generally not accepted in foreign destinations. If you have an insurance claim, it should be made upon your return to the USA and filed through your health insurance provider or through the Vantage Travel Protection Plan if you have purchased it. Keep relevant receipts and doctors' reports for processing your claim.

Jet Lag Precautions

When you cross several time zones to reach your destination, you often lose many hours of regular sleep. Upon arrival your body must quickly adjust to new sleeping and eating patterns. The result is jet lag. Its symptoms may include fatigue, irritability, and vague disorientation. You cannot completely avoid jet lag but you can minimize it. Here's how:

  • Try to sleep on overnight flights
  • Avoid heavy eating and drinking caffeine or alcoholic beverages right before - and during - your flight
  • Drink plenty of water and/or fruit juice while flying
  • Try to stay awake your first day until after dinner

Pace of the River Cruise

Vantage river cruises are planned to provide a well-balanced mix of activities and free time. Certain river cruises, however, may prove to be more challenging than others, particularly for passengers with physical limitations.

Passengers with physical difficulties or concerns about the pace of the travel program should contact their Vantage Customer Relations Representative for tips on which travel programs best suit their individual needs and abilities. See also Medical Issues, below.

Your Personal Safety

Please keep in mind that in any tourist destination, you need to be aware of your surroundings. We recommend that you use a money protector that can be worn around your neck. Flashy jewelry should be left at home. Never place your camera or purse down, or hang it on the back of your chair. Although incidents of theft and pickpocketing while on tour are rare, it is important to be cautious and aware.

Medical Issues

Click here to read important information about travelers with physical, emotional, or mental conditions that may require professional attention or the use of special equipment. "Medical Issues" information also appears in the "Tour Participation Agreement - Terms and Conditions" bound into Vantage catalogs and printed on the back of your Vantage invoice.


If your Vantage river cruise includes a stay in a hotel, please note that Vantage makes every effort to reserve only hotels that offer well-appointed rooms and a convenient location. We remind you that quality of accommodations may vary from destination to destination. Vantage strives to provide the best hotels available that meet our standards of quality.

How We Rate Our Hotels

While some tour companies devise their own ratings systems (based on their particular standards), Vantage ranks hotels based on the industry-accepted classifications published by the Hotel & Travel Index - the travel industry standard.

Deluxe/Moderate Deluxe ***** Outstanding accommodations in every way, offering superior service, facilities, and location.

Superior First-Class ****+ Above average accommodations, with many special amenities, including more restaurants, shops, and usually a fitness center.

First-Class/Moderate First-Class **** Comfortable, well-equipped standard rooms with private bath and attractive public areas and amenities.

Please Note: In some areas where the hotels aren't rated, it's often due to the fact that the hotel may be too new, too remote, or too small. However, the hotel where you stay has been inspected and approved by Vantage personnel.

Religious Services

At Vantage, we count individuals from all walks of life and all religious denominations among our customers. Although we do not offer religious services on our travel programs, services may be available in the cities and towns you visit while on tour. Your Vantage Program Manager can advise you when religious services are available. Please keep in mind that not all religious denominations have a presence in every travel destination. We cannot guarantee the availability of religious services.


Shopping for local merchandise is always a part of the travel experience. We are aware that local guides do recommend shops on their tours. Always keep in mind that a purchase is between the buyer and the seller. Always keep receipts and credit card copies. Shipping should always include insurance in the event of breakage. Some credit cards such as American Express also include insurance protection for purchases, but it is best to check with your card issuer for any insurance that may be included when you use your card.

Sightseeing & Cultural Connections

Vantage offers a variety of included sightseeing tours and special cultural events to enrich your travel experience and bring you "closer to the world." Our tours are specially designed for Vantage travelers. They let you feel the atmosphere, gain a cultural understanding, and become a part of the area you are visiting. They include all transportation and the services of expert local guides.

Optional Excursions

Vantage makes every effort to provide the right balance of both included activities and time for exploring on your own. We've found, however, that many of our passengers prefer an additional guided activity in lieu of free time. For that reason, some of our river cruises may include a limited number of optional tours and activities, which you may choose to take at a moderate fee. In no case do we replace an included sightseeing tour with an optional tour. Optional tours are strictly voluntary, providing you with the opportunity to visit an attraction that you may not see otherwise.


All transfers between airport and hotel/pier are included when purchasing Vantage air. However, travelers purchasing their own airline tickets will be responsible for their own round-trip transfers to and from the airport/hotel/pier based on the itinerary.

Travel Itinerary

Each Vantage River Cruise is planned with two criteria in mind: It must be an interesting destination and the tour must offer good quality at an exceptional value.

Although everything is planned well in advance of your departure, our ultimate goal is to ensure that each departure is enjoyable, interesting, and safe. Therefore, the day-by-day itinerary provided is subject to change depending upon local conditions. If any significant changes occur in advance of your departure, Vantage will notify you by phone or by mail. If changes occur while on tour, your Vantage Program Manager or local representative will notify you.

Your Vantage Program Manager / Local Representative

During your river cruise you'll be accompanied by an experienced, English-speaking Vantage Program Manager - at least three on every Vantage River Cruise ship. You will also benefit from the insights of expert Local Representatives. Both your Program Manager and Local Representatives can give you suggestions on the best restaurants, shops, and local sights; help coordinate optional tours and excursions; and assist in any manner possible.

Vantage Hospitality Desk

For your convenience, a Vantage Hospitality Desk will be available during scheduled hours aboard your river cruise ship (staffed by an experienced team of local travel professionals or by your Vantage Program Manager). The desk hours vary, depending on your daily scheduling. Tour members will be advised of the desk.

Water Levels

River cruising is one of the easiest, most enjoyable forms of travel. However, please be aware that European weather conditions occasionally cause excessively high or low river levels that may require adjustments to your itinerary.


Electricity is 220 volts in Chile with outlets for two rounded European prongs.


Most hotels offer COMPLIMENTARY WI-FI in lobby and other social areas and with a charge for the room.

Electronic Devices

Bring your IPads, Kindles & smart phones. This will allow you to communicate with friends and family much easier. Also, this way you will have access to city guides, post-trip surveys and trip information while on tour.  


U.S. cell phones can be used in South American with different roaming charges depending on your plan, reaching up to 5 USD per minute. There are phone booths (locutorios) in downtown areas that are more convenient.

To call the U.S., dial 001, followed by the area code and number. If you are unable to connect, dial 119-1, followed by the area code and number. 


We include tipping for all meals that are included in your package and all porterage. Tips are not included for your Vantage Program Manager, local guides and drivers, or any maids or other personnel in hotels, ships or trains.

Payment Information

What does my Reservation Deposit Guarantee?
Payment of your initial deposit holds your spot on your journey. However, it does not guarantee the price of your trip. Participation in our Smart Pay Discount Plan can save you up to 10% on your Vantage trip AND it ensures that the land, cruise, and international airfare portions of your trip will not increase. This includes 100% guaranteed protection against most additional taxes (does not include entry fees or arrival taxes), fuel surcharges, and currency fluctuations, from the moment you pay in full under the terms of Vantage's SmartPay Discount Plan. If you do not participate in our SmartPay Discount Plan, all prices are subject to change.
When is my Final Payment due?
Final payments are due 90-120 days prior to departure, depending upon the program.
Can I extend my final payment due date?
Unfortunately, we are unable to extend any final payment due dates because of our vendor contractual obligations.
What is an E-Check?
ECheck is a commonly used term to refer to an online payment method via electronic check from your bank account.
What are the benefits of paying via E-Check?
Paying by E-Check is fast, easy and 100% secure – and there is no fee involved. Plus, paying by E-Check with our SmartPay Discount Program, you can realize hundreds of dollars in savings right away. When you compare those savings to the frequent flyer miles you might earn when you pay by credit card, you come out on top for two reasons: first, you enjoy your savings right away, whereas frequent flyer miles need to be accumulated over time before you cash them in; second, frequent flyer miles have restrictions of usage.
How do I make payments via an E-Check?
It's easy to set up E-Checking on My Account. Have your checkbook handy and simply go to the Make a Payment screen and follow the instructions provided. Please note that E-Check payments appear on your invoice immediately but take 2-3 business days for your bank to process.
What is the SmartPay Discount Plan?
The SmartPay Discount PlanSM allows our travelers to receive a discount by paying for their trip in full before their final payment due date. The further in advance of the final payment date you pay, the greater the discount. Just as important, you’ll guarantee your price against price increases resulting from currency fluctuations, fuel costs, and other unanticipated occurrences.
How can I take advantage of your SmartPay Discount Plan?
You can only take advantage of our SmartPay Discount PlanSM when paying by E-Check. Paying by E-Check is fast, easy and 100% secure – and there is no fee involved. All you need is your checking account number and bank routing number, both of which are printed on your checks. 50% of your trip’s total cost must be paid by check. Payments made inside of 60 days prior to departure will not qualify.
Can I pay by credit card and still take advantage of your SmartPay Discount Plan?
While we do accept credit card payments, you can only take advantage of our SmartPay Discount PlanSM when paying by E-Check, unless part of your payment is made by credit card and at least 50% of your total payment is paid by E-Check.
How do I redeem my Vantage Credit Voucher?
Vantage credit vouchers should be mailed once you receive your first invoice. Any overpayment that results from the credit voucher will be refunded to you, if applicable.
How do I cancel my trip and how long will it take for me to receive a refund?

If you must cancel your trip, you should contact our Customer Service department. Refund requests must be made in writing – indicating the reason for cancellation – and received by the respective final payment due date to avoid additional cancellation charges.

Vantage realizes that most people who cancel their reservations do so out of real necessity. Nevertheless, there is a non-refundable administrative fee of $300 per person for each program you cancel. This low fee covers only our costs of reservation maintenance or cancellation.

Payments made to your credit card will be refunded as a credit to that card. Payments made by check will be refunded by check. Payments paid by electronic check will be refunded electronically. Please allow 35 days for refunds to be manually verified and processed by our accounting department. Please refer to the Tour Participation Agreement for your program's cancellation fee schedule.

Why does it take just one day to charge my credit card at the time of booking but 30 days to refund it in the event of cancellation?
After you book a trip with us, we process charges within 24 hours in order to hold and confirm your reservation quickly for you. Because refunds are processed manually by our accounting department, we require a 30-day processing period to assure utmost accuracy.
I was just reviewing my invoice online and noticed a discrepancy. What should I do?
Please contact us and we will attempt to resolve the situation as soon as possible. To help expedite matters, you should print out your invoice and have it handy when you contact us.

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