Frequently Asked Questions
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to go to our general FAQ
, which has essential information that applies to all of our programs.
Resources to Learn & Teach about Chile & Argentina
Visit our blog
to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans
and Pinterest boards
that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.
Terms and Conditions
It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions
page before signing up for this program.
All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to firstname.lastname@example.org
. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
- If you cancel 60 days or more prior to departure, all your program fee payments will be refunded besides your $350 deposit which is kept on file for future use
- If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to departure, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use
- If you cancel within 30 days of departure, you will receive no refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use
- IMMIGRATION RECEIPT: When you go through Chilean arrival immigration you will receive a receipt the initials PDI. This is your Tarjeta Unica Migratoria receipt. Do not lose it! You will need it in order to leave the country.
- SANTIAGO AND BUENOS AIRES SAFETY: If you decide to spend time in either of these cities, you should be especially careful when wandering around on your own, particularly at night. Tourists are easy prey for individual pickpockets or groups of two or more people working as a team on the streets. Pay particular attention to anyone who “accidentally” spills anything on your clothes or belongings (mustard, etc.) and then apologizes and offers to help clean up. They will clean you out instead! Be safe and leave your passport, credit cards, travelers checks, and cash you won’t be using in the hotel’s safety deposit box. Most locals are honest and genuinely helpful and friendly, but be safe and enjoy these cities!
Group Leader Description
All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure’s group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own.
While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.
Trip includes light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels.
Half of the people that travel with GEEO are traveling by themselves, so please don’t worry if you have no one who can join you on your trip. Our pricing is based on double occupancy or, in other words, two people to a room. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender. Most of our trips have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself. If you want to room alone, please email email@example.com. To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please click here
where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet.
Please note that if you have booked the “My Own Room” option for this tour, you will receive your own single accommodation for all night stops, with the following exceptions: Day 3 – Overnight bus.
Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., where you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!
If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning.
We always recommend printing out the address of the hotel, to show to your taxi driver.
Santiago’s International Airport is Arturo Merino Benitez, located 26 km and about a 45-minute drive from the city. The approximate cost of a taxi is between $38-$65 USD (25,000-45,000 CLP). There is a counter within the airport where you can take an official taxi.
If you have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, a G Adventures representative will be at the airport to meet you, in the arrival hall between exit doors 2 and 3. If for any reason you are not met at the airport, please call our local emergency number. If you are unable to make contact for whatever reason, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi.
If you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures Office Buenos Aires, Argentina
During office hours (Weekdays 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Local Time)
From outside Argentina: +54 11 2150 2581
From within Argentina, but outside of Buenos Aires: 011 2150 2581
After hours Emergency number
From outside Argentina: +54 9 11 3425 0380
From within Argentina, but outside of Buenos Aires: 011 15 3425 0380
If you are unable for any reason to contact G Adventures’ local office please call their their Toronto office: Toll free from North America: 1 888 800 4100; Outside North America: +1 416 260 0999
Please read this article
on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person.
Please note that Aerolineas Argentinas allows 1 piece of luggage that weighs up to 15 kg on internal flights. For every extra kilo, the airline will charge $10 per kg at the time of check-in.
- Fleece top or a packable jacket
- Light windproof/waterproof jacket
- Sun hat
- Small towel and swimwear
- Personal clothing for hot to cool weather – we recommend packing 7 outfits so you only have to do laundry once
- 1 pair hiking pants/track pants
- Sturdy walking shoes
- Sport sandals or flip-flops
- Watch or alarm clock
- Small Flashlight
- Toiletries – your hotels will have soap and shampoo
- First-aid kit, including: lip salve, aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
- Travel pillow
- Money belt- This one is affordable and blocks RFID Scammers.
- Water bottle- This one is very packable and easy to fill.
- Water filter- This one if you want to cut down on plastic and drink tap water without worry.
- Phone/Tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
- Chargers for electronics as well converters/adapters, if needed
- Packing cubes – These are great for keeping your clean and dirty laundry separated. Two of them should be the right amount of clothes.
- Earplugs – these are a life-saver if you have a snoring roommate
- Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can buy snacks when you get there too, so don’t go crazy here
- Ziplock bags for wet clothing
- Reading/writing material
- Hand sanitizer/Baby wipes
- Passport (with photocopies)
- Travel insurance (with photocopies)
- Airline tickets (with photocopies)
- EUR/USD cash
- Credit or debit card
- G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information, and dossier
- Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
- GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent 10-30 days before departure
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge or ask your group leader where the nearest laundromat is. If you want to do your own laundry, we suggest you bring your own non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
Passports and Visas
All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport. Please see our general FAQ
for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double check the information we provide below by searching here
Please make sure you have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for the entry and exit stamp.
Americans do not need a visa for travel in Chile for stays shorter than 90 days. Non-American participants should check with their government to find out if they need a visa.
Americans do not need a visa for travel in Argentina for stays shorter than 90 days. Non-American participants should check with their government to find out if they need a visa.
Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances. Visa cards are the most widely accepted cards. While ATMs are widely available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Latin America. Check with your bank.
You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% usually applies.
Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money, a combination of U.S. Dollar cash and cards is best. Please bear in mind that cost of living in the southern cone countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile) is much higher than the rest of South America and more comparable with Europe. Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.
We do not recommend bringing travelers checks as they are difficult to change in country.
CURRENCY EXCHANGE TIP: Please be advised that slightly torn notes, that have been heavily marked, or that are faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than $100 USD (or equivalent).
As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com
It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $5-$10 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your tour leader for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.
Also, at the end of each trip, if you felt your G Adventures Tour Leader did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference. As a budgeting guideline, $35 per person per week can be used. Please budget about $30 for tips to local guides on optional activities.
We legally cannot give you any medical advice. It is very important to consult your doctor or a travel clinic about which vaccinations you will need for your trip. Please take this seriously!
We often find the best prices for purchasing flights is 60 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You must wait until this trip is confirmed with the minimum number of required participants before you book your flights.
Typically, we reach the minimum number needed at least 90 days before departure. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. You can find out whether this trip has been confirmed here
Your trip begins in Santiago, Chile, and ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Please double check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Santiago. You can arrive at any time of the day you choose, but we strongly urge you to arrive to the starting hotel by 6:00 p.m. on Day 1 for our group meeting. You can depart from Buenos Aires any time on the final day of the trip
Plugs and Converters
There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers. The adapter is the plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two to three-pronged power cord to match the prongs required by the local outlets. The transformer changes the local voltage to that required by your device.
Chile and Argentina use a Type C- European-style two circular prong plug. Their voltage is 220 Volts. U.S. outlets are 120V. Most new devices (phones and laptops) can handle the different voltage rates, but some devices only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device to see what voltage range it handles. Most transformer blocks will have an “Input” line that defines its voltage capacity. For example, “Input: 100-240V” means that it will work on voltages from 100V to 240V. If your transformer can’t handle the different voltage, you’ll need to purchase a voltage converter. You can find world regional voltage converters power packs at various vendors.
Before you decide on traveling with GEEO it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
- The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury. Sometimes the accommodation is not air conditioned.
- We use a mix of transportation that gets our guests from location to location safely. The transportation will often be an adventure in itself.
- You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack.
- Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities.
- We recommend always carrying snacks with you. Meals can sometimes be far apart.
- Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring, and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.
Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!
While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
December/January is summertime in the Southern Hemisphere. In Santiago and Buenos Aires, you can expect daytime temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s F with lows in the 50’s to 70’s F. In the Andes, the weather will be pleasantly cooler, with highs in the 60’s and 70’s F and lows the 40’s and 50’s F. We don’t expect much rain.
Please keep in mind this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. Breakfasts and a few dinners are included in this trip, giving you the opportunity to eat out according to your own resources. The prices below are in U.S. Dollars and are rough estimates for budgeting your trip.
Tour Company Fee
See price in top right corner
International Airfare from the United States
Roughly $900-$1,400 USD
If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you.
Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as well.
We recommend $35 USD for your G Adventures tour leader. Budget another $30 for tipping local guides.
Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.
Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
Variable. Please consult your doctor.
Variable. At your personal discretion.
$100 USD (Suggested donation)
This is only for non-educator guests traveling with an educator on a GEEO trip. Educators and retired educators should not make this donation.
Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency. You do not have to decide in advance for which activities you would like to sign up. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please feel free to use them as a guide for budgeting your trip. The prices below are in U.S. Dollars (USD), Chilean Pesos (CLP), and Argentinian Pesos (ARS).
Bellavista Neighborhood: Free
Head to “Barrio Bellavista,” as the locals call this bohemian neighborhood, to enjoy a delicious meal, check out some art galleries, or have a drink at one of the many bars in the area.
Pisco Distillery Santiago: 32,700 CLP per person
Sample the national spirit of Chile and learn more about how it is produced and why it’s a source of pride for the country.
Day Trip to Isla Negra: Varies
Take a day trip to Isla Negra, Pablo Neruda’s seaside home. This house was one of the poet and politician’s three homes. While not technically on an island, the house is near the water and it’s believed that watching the storms on the ocean inspired Neruda to write his famous poem Oda a la Tormenta. The author and his third-wife Matilde Urrutia are both buried on the grounds. The house is now a museum.
Volcan Villarica Hike: 100,000 CLP per person
If summiting an active volcano is on your bucket list, this activity it for you. Weather permitting, set out early to make it to the top and appreciate the views before sliding part of the way back down.
Guided Huerquehue Park: 38,000 CLP per person
Explore the lagoons and lush forests of Chile’s Lake District in Huerquehue National Park with a guide.
Natural Thermal Pools: 20,000 CLP per person
Rest your muscles in the natural thermal pools outside of Pucón. There are multiple pools varying in temperature and depth. Find the one that suits you best, take a deep breath, and enjoy the pools and the forest that surrounds them.
Whitewater Rafting Pucón: 18,000-28,000 CLP per person
Grab a paddle, strap on your helmet, and head down the rapids. Take a rest from paddling and take in the beautiful scenery of Chile’s Lake District.
San Carlos de Bariloche
Puerto Blest: Varies
Cruise the Blest arm of Lake Nahuel Huapi, passing by Centinela Island and landing at Cantaros Port. Trek through the forest and enjoy views of Lake Los Cantaros and the adjacent waterfalls.
Bariloche Circuito Chico Tour: 550 ARS per person
Enjoy an introduction to the highlights of San Carlos de Bariloche on a circuito chico tour. Stop at Bahia Lopez (Lopez Bay) and Panoramic Point and take in the beautiful landscape. Continue on to Cerro Campanario (Bell Mountain), opt to get an even better view by riding the chairlift.
Guided Hiking: 1,300 ARS per person
Hit some trails to get up close to the area’s natural beauty. Enjoy amazing views amid mountains and lakes while exploring the Lake District on foot.
Mountain Biking: 300 ARS per person
Take to two wheels and head out to explore. Choose from a number of different scenic routes and trails that wind through the Argentine Lake District’s stunning landscapes.
Horseback Riding: 1,200-1,800 ARS per person; 4-8 hrs
Hop in the saddle and head out on horseback to explore the Lake District’s diverse and beautiful terrain from a completely different perspective. Giddy-up!
Buenos Aires Guided City Tour: Varies
Enjoy a guided tour exploring beautiful, vibrant Buenos Aires. Be introduced to historic sites and districts, including Plaza de Mayo where Eva Peron’s famed balcony presides over the square. See La Boca and San Telmo’s colorful street life, painted houses, and the famed Recoleta Cemetery.
Tango Dinner Show: 80 USD per person
Discover the passion of tango. Watch the pros step and slide around the dance floor while you dine on a traditional Argentine dinner. Get lost in the music, savor the sensuality, and see why this traditional dance continues to ignite the senses of locals and visitors alike.
La Boca Neighborhood Visit: 20-100 ARS per person
Visit La Boca, soaking in the vibrancy of the barrio’s brightly colored buildings, and El Caminito, a cobblestone street lined with artist studios that’s often used as an impromptu setting for tango performances. Or, if lucky, catch a match at fabled La Bombonera, the home stadium of the Boca Juniors’ fútbol club, where the crowd’s excitement is electric!
San Telmo: Free
Take a step back in time visiting charming San Telmo, one of Buenos Aires’ oldest barrios (neighborhoods). Stroll along cobblestone streets and discover colonial architecture, museums, churches, and one-of-a-kind finds in the local antique shops. The barrio’s weekend market and street artists’ displays are must-sees and highlights for many visiting the capital.
Teatro Colón Tour: 250 ARS per person
Explore this stunning opera house on a guided tour and find out why it is voted one of the best acoustic venues in the world.
Buenos Aires Bike Tour: 450-600 ARS per person
Experience this vibrant city cruising around on a bicycle with a local Argentine. Bike, helmet, knowledgeable tour guide, they’ve got it all taken care of. Just come along for the ride and take in the many historical sights on offer. Discover Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo, and the working class neighborhoods where the tango was born.