To enter Chile or Argentina you will require a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the time you enter either country.
For a list of countries that require a visa to enter Chile, please refer to the "Tourist Visa" section of the following page online: http://www.chile-usa.org/visasgral.htm. If you are a citizen or resident with a valid passport from Australia, Albania and Mexico, you will be required to pay a reciprocity fee when entering Chile, although you do not need a visa. Please refer to the page above for details on the reciprocity fee amounts.
For a list of countries that require a visa to enter Argentina, please refer to the following page online: http://www.clond.mrecic.gov.ar/en/node/2424. If you are a citizen or resident with a valid passport from the United States, Canada and Australia, you will be required to pay a reciprocity fee BEFORE entering Argentina. Please go to https://reciprocidad.provincianet.com.ar/Registro.aspx to register and pay for your reciprocity fee online. Make sure you print out your reciprocity fee receipt and bring it with you to show at customs.
The currency in Chile is the Chilean peso and in Argentina it is the Argentine Peso. For a current exchange rate to the US dollar or any other currency, please go to http://www.xe.com.
Bring major credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard and American Express with you, which are accepted almost everywhere in Chile and Argentina. How much cash you bring is up to you, but be mindful of the following:
Suggested gratuities and tipping are USD$15 - $20 per guest per guide for a full day and $10 for drivers. Alcoholic beverages at most hotels are not included. There are souvenir stores in many of the hotels and around the towns, and some do not accept credit cards.
There are Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) that accept international debit and credit cards almost everywhere in Chile and Argentina, including Patagonia.
travel and medical insurance
All passengers should have full medical insurance and trip-cancellation insurance. Be mindful that Patagonia is a remote location with very basic medical facilities at hand. Emergency medical evacuation can cost upwards of tens of thousands of dollars. Your Insurance company should be able to assist you with the best options for your particular trip. You can also refer to our Trip Insurance page for recommended insurance companies worldwide.
quasar expeditions emergency phone number
The most important recommendation is: always carry with you Quasar Expedition’s local emergency phone number. In case of an emergency, this should be your priority contact in order to receive immediate assistance. You will be given our emergency phone numbers when you book any trip with us.
Bring your perscription medicine for at least twice the amount you would need for the length of your trip just to be safe. Although most perscription drugs are available in Chile or Argentina, brands and quality vary so better bring you doctor’s perscribed medicine.
gear and clothing
Weather in Patagonia, is very unpredictable, as is the case in many mountainous regions with varied terrain. It is not uncommon to experience sunshine, wind, rain and even snow on a single day, even if traveling during the summer months. And the only way to experience and enjoy this natural paradise, is to come well prepared so that the weather does not affect your daily activities. Please refer to our Detailed Packing List page for a full list of items that you should pack for a trip to Patagonia.