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Chile has beautiful landscapes and a small population with areas of untouched wilderness. Scenery includes steaming hot springs, gleaming white salt flats, emerald lakes and habitats range from the driest dessert to ice glaciers and the Andes. Outdoor activities include birdwatching, horse trekking, wine tours, hiking volcanoes and rock climbing.

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Travel Agents, Tour Operators & Eco Accommodation in Chile

Voga Travel Chile
The Chile Boutique Landscapes Tour by Voga Travel is an all encompassing tour of the splendid essence of Chile, visiting the major highlights and landscapes of this, the longest country in the world. With breathtaking natural beauty, modern cities, enchanting wine regions and the stunning vistas of an incredibly diverse topography, this unique tour offers a rewarding insight into one of the most breathtaking regions of South America. Accommodation in excellent boutique hotels and haciendas throughout.

Adventure Life Journeys
Rich local culture, landscapes & small group travel. Explore South & Central America and Antarctica through thoughtful itineraries designed to step lightly and give back to local communities.

Lost World Adventures
Lost World Adventures specialises in independent and small group custom tours in Central and South America. Our trip consultants have first hand experience in the destinations we offer and can give insight into the regions within countries.

Amerika Venture
Ecotourism, documentary production, scientific & study travel, adventure group tours throughout the Americas. Experts in thematic group travel, adventure & ecotourism in Canada and Latin America.

Andean Trails (based in Scotland)
Andean Trails organises relaxing and hassle free activity and adventure holidays in the Andes: Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Patagonia, Argentina, Chile, Guyana and Cuba. Group tours and tailor-made itineraries to suit all tastes and budgets.

A Closer Look Travel
Specializes in booking eco travel, community (real cultural connection) travel and volunteer travel. We have one of the largest databases (about 3,300) of worldwide sustainable travel opportunities in the US.

Explore Worldwide
Explore pioneers small, group adventure holidays around the world. Explore’s responsible tourism policy is the cornerstone of the company’s approach to tour operating.

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Travel with Respect

Formerly a deeply conservative nation, Chile has since liberalized many facets of its society. Unlike other countries in Latin America, the Chilean police force, despite not being really well-paid, is admired for its honesty and competence. Report any complaints to the police the moment you receive them, including that of a crime. Bribing is not acceptable in Chile in comparison with the rest of the Latin America, and you'll likely get arrested for it. Do not assume that your hosts in Chile will have the opinion that Pinochet is bad. He still has many supporters - be careful when raising the issue. Even if you want to talk other political subjects than Pinochet, people can get very aggresive when it comes to politics. Depending on your opinions, they can either call you "communist" or "facist".Chileans are very friendly people, use your common sense to avoid danger.Be careful, many people can speak and understand english, even low class...be polite.Chileans hate arrogance, be arrogant and you will have problems; be kind and everyone will try to help you.No matter how good spanish you speak the chileans will know that you are a foreigner. Don't get upset if they call you "gringo", all foreigners are called that.

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Travel Safe

As most big cities, Santiago suffers from a high rate of pickpocketing and muggings. It's advisable not to travel in the downtown area wearing expensive-looking jewelry or watches, even during the day. Stay alert and be especially careful in all crowded areas in Santiago.For tourist or other "beginners" with chilean currency here is an advice so your wallet won't be stolen when trying to pay something. It has happend that thiefs has stolen wallets in does situations.Advices: Separate coins and bills. Coins are frequently used when paying the bus (micro) and colectivo, store them in a small handbag. In ina case, you won't loose both coins and bills. 1000, 2000 and 5000 pesos should be avaible to pick up fast. The bills with higher value should be stored in another place on your wallet so you don't accidently pay 10000 pesos instead of 1000 for example. Do not pick up the wallet until the vendor tells you the price. If a souvenir cost for example 1300 pesos, pay with a 2000 pesos bill or two 1000 bills. For example, don't pay 1000 pesos with a bill and 300 with coins if you want to be on the safe side.Chilean Carabineros (National Police) are very trustworthy, call 133 if you need assistance. If you have a GSM mobile phone, call 112. Some municipalities (such as Santiago or Las Condes) have private guards; however they usually don't speak English.DO NOT try to bribe a carabinero, it will get you into serious trouble. Unlike other south american police corps, Chilean carabineros are very proud and honest and this would be a serious offense against them.Regarding driving conditions, Chilean drivers tend to be not as erratic and volatile as those in neighboring countries.Since Chile is almost racially homogenic they get curious or stares at foreigners they see. So if you are either blonde, black or asian be prepared. There have been some reports on racist attacks but they are not so common and the police (carabineros) have become better in handling it. If you are from the Middle East then it will become easier to blend in and will not get the same atention as a black or asian.Be careful if you are dressed like an emo. They are called "pokemons" because the haircuts reminds of the japanese anamitade series. The chileans have difficulties to accept their hairstyle and clothings. There have been an increase on attacks against them from skinheads and few chileans have sympathies for them. You will experience less problems if you are a rocker or hiphopper for example.<dl><dt> Diplomatic representation from the US </dt><dd> embassy: Avenida Andrés Bello 2800, Las Condes, Santiago <br />mailing address: APO AA 34033 <br />telephone: [56] (2) 232-2600 <br />FAX: [56] (2) 330-3710</dd></dl>

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