A Route Guide is always useful. You can find some very good guides here in Chile. TURISTEL offers excellent route guides, usually one guide for each part of Chile: North, Centre, South.They also offer a Guide for camping and another for Trekking & Climbing the Andes.
You can buy them online, or at any book store in Chile.
-North Guide: $5.300 (US$7.50)
-Center Guide: $5.300 (US$7.50)
-South Guide: $6.300 (US$9.00)
-Guide for Campings: $5.300 (US$7.50)
-Trekking & Climbing the Andes Guide: $7.500 (US$10.50)
Luggage and bags:
Pack light if you possibly can especially if you will be traveling on buses and small planes.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We were there in Sept.. It was springtime but still in the 50's with a strong wind most days. It is probably a good idea to dress in layers and take along a waterproof jacket. Comfy shoes are a must.
Photo Equipment: You can get camera supplies in the towns but it is best to take along everything that you will need.
Miscellaneous: If you are going to the southern end of Chile, you will need fuel, extra tires, drinking water, food, and tools.
Luggage and bags:
Small backpacks with a lock would be helpful.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Microfleece will be used in colder areas and in high elevation. If you bring sandals...be sure to wear them in before hand...with your backpack on your back. The extra weight on my back created blisters even though my sandals were well warn in. If you have three of the basics (underwear, t-shirts, bottoms), plus a heavier top or two..you're laughing! Most places will do your laundry for about 1500 pesos per kilo or less.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Pharmacies are everywhere - I wouldn't bother carrying much other than a very basic first aid kit for when you're out on the trails.
Photo Equipment: Everyone's going digital nowadays. I wish I had. Internet cafes are everywhere. If you bring your own CD burner you can send your pictures home with a friend or fellow traveller.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring lots of sunscreen - you'll need it. Bring outdoor gear if you're camping - there are spots to do this most everywhere.
Miscellaneous: I'm a big fan of silk sleep sheets. If you don't like the bedding in your hostel...the sheet creates a great barrier.
Sunglasses are a must - man it's bright there!
Ear plugs - Put them in your day. Trust me...you'll be thankful for them when the baby next to you starts screaming on the plane, the TV on the bus is blaring a crap spanish-speaking film for which you have NO INTEREST or the dogs and roosters start whaling at 4 a.m.
By viewing this map, you'll see the location of some of the cities mentioned on my travel pages, such as Santiago, Valparaiso and Talca.
This long finger of a country to the South of the U.S. has volcanoes accenting the landscape over much of its length.
Santiago, its capital, contains 35.2% of the entire population of Chile.
Luggage and bags:
I find that it is easiest to travel for an extended period of time with one large suitcase with wheels and a backpack.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We were in Chile during the winter and it is no different than winters in the northern hemisphere. I would liken it to a Central California type of winter, except in the mountain areas. As long as you're not in the mountains, it really isn't too bad. The weather was about a high of about 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit during the days. It doesn't really snow in Santiago, Valparaiso, or Vina Del Mar. If you do need something, you can find whatever you need at any of the stores.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: No different than traveling in the U.S.
Photo Equipment: No different than traveling in the U.S.
Miscellaneous: Chile has a mild, Mediterranean climate so as a Californian, I didn't find the weather to be too different from ours. Even the mountains were not too cold (like it is in Canada).
Voyage of the Beagle
De reis van de Beagle
Abridged version of Darwin's account of his famous voyage with an introduction from Janet Browne and Michael Neve.
A fascinating record of Charles Darwin's activities whilst on one of the most scientifically important journeys in history. His entries tell the story of his voyage, not only on board HMS Beagle but also during the several long journeys that he made on horseback in Patagonia and Chile.
E Couve and C Vidal
Birds of Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and Antarctic Peninsula
Comprehensive field guide to all the resident, migrant and vagrant birds of Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and Antarctic Peninsula, including the Falklands and South Georgia Islands. This is a unique region on the planet including the frozen austral fjords of Chile and the steep Argentina Atlantic coast that is virtually teemed with wildlife. Between are the Valdivian temperate forests that are the realm of the Chucao Tapaculo and the windy arid Patagonian Steppes where Rheas and Tinamous travel in groups. The guide describes over 400 species with over 2000 colour photographs. Descriptive accounts are provided for each species covering identification, status, range and habits. Distribution maps are also included. It is hoped that this book will inspire the reader to observe, learn and therefore protect the rich but also fragile birdlife of this remote outer corner of the world.
Collins Illustrated hecklist.
Birds of Southern South America and Antarctica
The first field guide to illustrate every species of bird found in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, southern Brazil and Uruguay. 1140 species are illustrated in colour and appear on pages opposite the text for quick and easy reference. The plates will facilitate the identification of males, females, and juveniles, and are complemented by distribution maps. The text details the kind of habitat the birds are found in, key identification features and notes on the songs and calls of each species.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: No matter to which part you go in Chile. You better bring everything from swimsuit and shorts to all-wheather jacket and fleece. As the climate in most parts is rather dry and the mountains accompany you from north to south, temperature changes can be enormous. Also in Santiago.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
If you take the boat, you can get really sick, above all when the boat sails in the Pacific Ocean. Two pieces of advice : take some Mareamin tablets available in any local Farmacia (be careful, it makes you sleep) and don't eat too much (prefer drinking water).
Si vous prenez le bateau, vous pouvez avoir le mal de mer... Deux conseils : prenez Mareamin (se trouve dans toute Farmacia) et ne mangez pas trop !!
Waterproof jacket and pants (these help cut the wind as well), waterproof boots that are well worn in, and a warm layer of clothing are essential -- especially if you are camping the entire trip. Avoid cotton clothing and socks. Expect any kind of weather at any time. You shouldn't need to worry about crossing streams -- there are some but they have stepping stones or logs to get across (some places get muddy as well). A walking stick is useful to protect your knees on the downhill parts and to help keep your balance when crossing streams.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Basic first aid kit, bring your own toilet paper, water purification in case it is needed. You can get bottled water at the refugios but the cost adds up.
Photo Equipment: Camera should be weather resistant or otehrwise protected from the elements. Bring more film than you think you'll need since you likely won't ever be back here.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Some people don't bring tents to hike the 'W', but if the refugios are crowded (January & February), it may be worth it.
Remember to take with you both of them: light clothes and warm clothes (climate there changes in the night and morning, very cold)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bottled mineral water. VERY Important!
Photo Equipment: Of course, your camera!
Chile's climate is very varied :with arid but surprisingly temperate areas in the north, in the middle (where is Santiago) which enjoys a Mediterranean climate, and the wind, rain and snow-battered lands of Chilean Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego in the south. The rainy season in the heartland is from May to August when temperatures are cooler, getting down to an average maximum temperature of 10°C (50°F) in July. January's average is 28°C (82°F). Chilean Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego have summer averages of just 11°C (52°F) but if you think that's manageable, muff up and get ready for the wind chill. Well, and if you go to Easter Island, just wear fresh clothes...obviously, it's polinesia's weather!.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Some pills for Diarrea or for stomach aches(maybe our food it's too spicy for other people)...
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: For all the people who likes climbing , trekking and camping in National parks (for example Torres del paine), bring to you warm and special outdoor clothes.
Miscellaneous: A good information for the travellers is our type of electricity (220V, 50 Hz).
You need clothes for warm (desert zone in the north) and cold days( patagonia in the south ).In the north and the middle of chile it may be very hot , and in the south you need very warm clothes .
Photo Equipment: By all you need in europe or in the bigger cities of chile , otherwise you have no chance to get the right things for your camera .That may be often in the smaller cities or villages !!!!
Patagonia can be very chilly, even in summer, so bring at least a wind jacket. If you bring clothes for warm summer days and for cool fall days when you go in the southern summer, you'll do very well.
This is for Patagonia! The north of Chile is much more warmer.
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