t-2-f... last year traveling in Chile, it was obvious the cost of goods and services (especially outside of Santiago) was a good bargain, especially compared to Western Europe. Although prices (upscale hotels and fine dining establishments) in Santiago or higher than in rural areas...they still remain a relative bargain when compared to similar sized cities in many other parts of the world.
The Chilean Peso vs the US Dollar was preferred in the smaller towns and villages (basically a matter of difficulty in exchanging currency for the locals...not necessarily a bank on every corner). In the larger towns and those frequently by tourists, commercial banks were available for currency conversion and ATMs were often present to dispense pesos as well.
btw...the exchange rate for the US Dollar vs the Chilean Peso has risen a bit over the past six or seven months....so, Chile remains a very favorable place to visit. This trend will likely not last forever...so if you are thinking about traveling in this part of the world...sooner is probably better than later!
Thanks Mountie. I am having fun planning this trip to Chile. I think I have my Santiago ideas ready and now working on the Puerto Varas (lake district) portion. At the Cliffs, I will just "go with the flow!" Hoping to see penguins and whales and minature deer and monkeys!!
Hey, mountie. You can count on us to post some comments and photos when we return from The Cliffs Preserve in Patagonia. Looks like the weather is improving day by day as we approach our departure date.
The Cliffs Preserve should be an exceptional adventure in a one-of-a-kind environment.chance to get back in the saddles with some huasos authentico and ride along the wind swept beaches of the Pacific
mountie...we're about a week away from departing...will be visiting a different area in Chile beforegoing down to The Cliffs...so about two weeks away from the time in Patagonia. Looking forward to the time down there.
Hi E....GREAT POST and thank you before we leave. Did you stay in Santiago at all before you went to the lodge? What activities would you recommend at the lodge? Any thing to pack that you might suggest to us? How many nights did you stay at the lodge? Any neat wildlife that you saw? Was laundry service provided gratis? Thank you and welcome back.. PS-Was this an LL package that you used? Did you use the spa? What time did they serve dinner?