Chile Tourist Traps

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Chile Tourist Traps

  • Airport Reciprocity Fee, Only For...

    While I scoured the .gov pages prior to my travel to Chile, there was absolutely no mention of a $131.00 Reciprocity Fee. One expects an airport fee, one that is charged to all travelers, however I noted that the Europeans travelling in Chile did not have to pay this fee. It was reserved for Americans. I had neither planned, nor budgeted for such a...

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  • Visiting Santiago's Haunts

    Two that we visited (and I think everyone else does) where the Centro Mercado and the Plaza Los Dominicos. You can get whatever you want in terms of arts and crafts there or spend to your hearts content on useless trinkets. Even tourist traps have something going for them. The Central Mercado was a facinating display of local seafood if you can...

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  • Tatio geysers - 2.5 hrs of travel...

    It's 4 a.m. when you meet your bus to get up to the geysers. The whole trip in is a bumpy, black mass of nothingness. When you arrive, you're tired. What you see is the oily black of the morning and misty geyers...not the size of Old Faithful, but.....about the size of a small garden fountain. It's misty, they stink, and there's a field of them....

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  • Milodon cave

    Expensive ticket for a natural cave without any object inside. Not good information abot the "misterious" Milodon, an herbivorous of 10.000 years ago.

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  • Wrong idea...

    Some people here, specially the ones who have never been abroad before, think that all foreigners have a lot of money.....because "they have come from such a long distance"....that's absurd!!.So sometimes people at the stores or popular markets, can charge you more for a service or product. Use your common sense, that's all.

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  • putre,a night to avoid sorroche

    sorroche means altitude sickness!nights in putre are very cold.leaving arica under hot sun,don't forget to take with you warm clothes! in putre,gate to PN Lauca,at 3500m high,ideal place to spend one night,coming from sea level,to get acclimatized to altitude,and avoid sorroche. see accomodation tip.

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  • The quintessential tourist...

    The quintessential tourist trap in Chile is the resort of REÑACA, 9 kilometers north from Viña del Mar. It gets overcrowded and ultraoverpriced in summer, apart from being noisy and not as attractive as many other places in one of the longest coastlines on Earth. Its proximity to Viña, and being handy to holidaymakers are the main reasons for this...

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  • Bring Money to Chile. I'm...

    Bring Money to Chile. I'm referring to arrival tax. Its about USD35.00. Sometimes the plane ticket purchase doesn't cover for it automatically. Please don't act like a tourist & be blase about your personal safety. Its highly probable that nothing will happen in Chile ie 99.9999999% But if you are walking around with a Canon E3000 with 75 - 300mm...

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  • Oh dear...it is another...

    Oh dear...it is another snapshot with me and an explosive device. I just love dressing up and experiencing anything and everything I can. Another great thing about the Chileans is they seemed to enjoy my never ending silliness.I think I am ready to join Rambo ...I may be small but I am Rambita!

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  • When you arrive at the...

    When you arrive at the Santiago airport, usually after a long flight, you are happy to see any friendly face.one such was the lady helping you with accomodation, obviously she gets a commission. she recommended riviera hotel in the heart of the city for us and it is a dump

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  • The only tourist trap I...

    The only tourist trap I encountered on my trip to Chile was in Cerro Santa Lucia. On my way up I encountered some so called students looking for money to re-pay their tuition from school. I was told later on that these are only people trying to get money not necessarily to re-pay their school loans.

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  • It's sad to admit it but it's...

    It's sad to admit it but it's true that if you don't know the language, you will get taken. I would have been tricked several times when buying antiques and souveniers, since I only knew a little spanish. But my friend Tammy, who speaks fluent spanish, was there which helped a lot. So try to know the language pretty well before buying things from...

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  • Not really worth the hassle to...

    Not really worth the hassle to get out to the Concho y Toro winery outside Santiago. Though a nice vineyard, there was no free tasting, and the bus ride out was long, dusty, and hot. It did give you an idea just how big the metropolitan area around Santiago is.

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  • Shopping! Chile is very...

    Shopping! Chile is very expensive and the merchants are very unwilling to negotiate! If you are going to Peru or Bolivia, then you should try to shop there! Having said that, in the south of Chile, Angelmo has good sweaters at reasonable prices, I was able to knock off 1,000 pesos off of one price!

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  • WHILE IN SANTIAGO I HAD THE...

    WHILE IN SANTIAGO I HAD THE CHANCE TO BE AT THE NEW MARRIOTT HOTEL. WHEN I CHECK OUT THE RECEPTIONIST MENTIONED ME THAT I HAD A OUTSTANDING BILL OF U$ 6.76 FOR THE USE OF THE PHONE. I DIDN'T RECALL USING THIS FOR LONG DISTANCE, WHEN SHE SHOWED ME THE NUMBERS THERE WERE FOR A LOCAL CELL PHONE. I DIDN'T EVEN USE THIS SERVICE FOR MORE THAN 3 MINUTES....

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  • Prices seemed pretty well set...

    Prices seemed pretty well set from vendor to vendor. Food seemed a little expensive compared to the cost of rooms. But not out of line, and the quality always seemed to compensate for the higher prices.

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  • Market places in the big...

    Market places in the big cities, crafts that are supposed to be done by mapuche indians are not. Also some market places in Santiago have good restaurants but are competitive and have waiters outside vying for you to eat there, some of these people can get physical

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