|Travel & General Information|
Viña del Mar is located just 112 Kms away from Santiago city. The easiest and most common way to travel to Viña del Mar is by car or bus. A one way trip takes no longer than 2 hours.
There are 2 buses which go from the airport to the Pajaritos metro station (Line 1 of Metro Station) and beyond, Centropuerto and Turbus. Turbus has luggage storage underneath and Centropuerto is more like a city bus. Take the airport bus (there are two companies, but either is fine) to the Pajaritos metro stop on the outskirts of the city. This will take about 15 minutes.
From Pajaritos metro station there are buses to Viña del Mar and Valparaiso. They are NOT the same bus. It is one or the other. The destination is clearly marked on the front of each bus. About 5 bus lines do the two routes. It takes between 1.5 - 2 hours depending on traffic and costs about US$8 a person.
If you are an arriving LAN passenger, they have had an inexpensive shuttle which goes to Viña del Mar a few times a day. You can check to see if this is still available directly with LAN.
For your own safety, it is recommended to use the official means of transportation offered at Santiago’s Airport:
Bus Schedules: from 06:00 hrs to 24:00 (Airport/Santiago) Every day of the year
Bus Schedules: from 06:00 hrs. to 24:00 hrs. (Airport/Santiago)
Every day of the year
Pajaritos Subway Station:
From this subway Station it is possible to take a bus to Viña del Mar. The destination of each bus is clearly indicated in front of them. There are 5 bus lines that travel from Santiago to Viña del Mar. This trip is no longer than two hours and it costs USD $8 per person..
Suggested bus lines:
Visas and Passports:
US citizens traveling to Chile must show a passport that is valid for at least 90 days following your departure from Chile, many people recommend it be valid for 6 months following your departure. A Chile tourist visa is not required for citizens of the United States for a stay of up to 90 days. However, citizens of the United States will be required to pay an administrative fee of US$140 upon arrival at the Santiago airport. This amount is subject to change without notice. You will need to pay this in cash (US dollars) and they prefer new bills without folds or tears.
Please use this website to check for visa and passport requirements from your country: http://chile.visahq.com/
Viña del Mar, Chile:
Viña del Mar, Spanish for "vineyard by the sea,” is simply called Viña by Chileans, or sometimes the "Garden City.” Known for its ornamentation of well-kept plants, green areas and abundant trees, Viña del Mar possesses such attractions as: the Clock of Flowers, botanical gardens, a city casino designed in the 1920 art deco style, the Vergara and Rioja palaces, the Laguna Sausalito housing the municipal stadium, and its extensive beaches such as Reñaca, Caleta Abarca, Las Salinas and Acapulco. From the plazas you can even hire a horse-drawn carriage to tour the city. Numerous bars and restaurants have recently opened in the area around Plaza México and Avenida San Martín, offering Chilean and international cuisine and an active nightlife.
Banks & Currency: Chile’s national currency is the Chilean Peso ($). The monetary system comprises a series of notes and coins of differing values.
The money exchange can be easily done in banks and exchange offices. No special documents are needed. Exchange offices can be found inside the airport. Chilean peso is issue in bill of $1,000, $2,000, $5,000, $10,000 and $20,000 and specie of $5, $10, $50, $100 and $500.
Accessing funds through an ATM, known as un Redbancis by far the easiest and most convenient way of carrying money while in Chile. Most ATMs use the Plus (Visa) or Cirrus (MasterCard) systems and will accept your debit card. Most also have instructions in Spanish and English. You may have to pick an option titled 'foreign card' (tarjeta extranjera) before starting the transaction.
Visa and MasterCard are both used in Chile, although if you travel to more rural areas you should plan to pay with cash. Stores that accept credit cards will display a Red Compra sign by either the entrance or cashier. Be aware, many businesses will charge up to 6% extra to cover the charge they have to pay for the transaction.
Climate: Viña del Mar has a mild Mediterranean climate and in October will be enjoying a spring climate. Average highs and lows vary little, ranging between 57°F (14°C) and 66°F (19°C). We are also entering into the dry season, so the chance of rain is less.
Electricity: Chile's electricity standard is 220 volts/50Hz. Electrical sockets have two openings for tubular pins, not flat prongs.
Insurance: All conference attendees are advised to arrange private travel insurance. The conference organisers and committee accept no liability for personal accidents or damage to property while in attendance at the conference. The Organising Committee of ISPCAN reserves the right to amend and alter the conference programme and events without prior notice and accepts no liability as a result of such actions.
Smoking: Starting in March 2013, Chile has banned all smoking in enclosed public places. This includes restaurants, bars, casinos, and stadiums.
Tipping:In Chile 10% on top of your restaurant bill is a good tip. You should tip porters in hotels but taxi drivers are not normally tipped, although people will often round the fare up. Occasionally a restaurant will add a service charge. This is always voluntary and you can ask for it to be removed and tip what you like.
Telecommunications: A Chile prepaid SIM card with a GSM international cell phone is the most convenient and economical solution for staying in touch while in Chile. All incoming calls, while in Chile are FREE, regardless of where they originate. Pay the local rate for local calls and use a cellular phone in Chile like you do at home. And unlike home, your Chile SIM card and cell phone service is prepaid. Your Chile SIM Card (Entel) will require a SIM-unlocked GSM 1900 compatible international cell phone.