Chile Services

  • General Services: Vicuña
    Almost all of the services in Vicuña are near the Plaza de Armas in the center of town. The tourism office in the Bauer Tower on the corner of the main square is small but well stocked with helpful information. The ATMs at the Banco Estado don't accept Visa cards. For Visa-friendly ATMs, try the ph
  • Tatoo Adventure Gear
    Tatoo Adventure Gear is a top source for brand-name sportswear, trekking and camping equipment, biking accessories and more. Tatoo Los Leones stocks guidebooks and maps, and the knowledgeable staff provides information on mountaineering courses and seminars, and offers tips on everything from the be
  • Temuco Shopping Summary
    Temuco is a good place to pick up all you'll need for camping, fly fishing, snow sports and other outdoor activities. • Camping—Donem (Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Montt 788, Tel: 56-45-27-3508)—Tents, sleeping bags, stoves, gas canisters. • Fishing—
  • Shopping Osorno
    One of the best places to pick up outdoor gear is Climet. It has a large selection of fishing tackle, camp stove gas canisters, tents and other items, plus snow sporting equipment. Fishing licenses can also be gotten here, with the purchase of some thing (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 3-8 p.m.
  • Valdivia Shopping
    All types of outdoor gear, from tents, cook stoves and sleeping bags to rods, reels and spinners, can be picked up at Lago Sport (Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 3-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Picarte, near Caupolicán). Also try Pescadores for fishing tackle (Mall Bigger S-6, Tel.: 21-3038). Vald
  • Shopping in Hanga Roa
    Easter Island lacks fine boutiques, but there is a treasure chest of souvenir shops to explore. Most are concentrated along Av. Atamu Tekena and Av. Te Pito o Te Henua. For replica Moai, don your haggling hat and head to Mercado Artesanal (Monday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.
  • Shopping in Punta Arenas
    For one-stop shopping, spend the day at the Mall El Pionero (Avenida Eduardo Frei Montalvo, between Calles Enrique Abello y Manantiales, on the north side of the city) or at the ZonAustral Zona Franca (Free-Trade Zone) (Avenida Bulnes, Km. 3.5 Norte, Tel.: 21-6666 / 21-3311). Outdoors gear Alfgal c
  • Porvenir Shopping
    On Avenida Señoret along the coast is a pod of buildings that forms the local artesano market. Agrupación de Artesanos Haalchin is a collective of artisans crafting Selk'nam dolls, wood carvings and masks, among other items (Tuesday-Sunday 11:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tel.: 58-1271). Next door Teresa Muñ
  • Pucón Shopping
    Artesanía El Chucao carves stunning wood sculptures of birds (daily 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Ansorena 565, local 1, Tel.: 44-4339, URL: www.chucao.cl). In the same building are many other artisans with stalls exhibiting their wood, wool and other crafts. The municipal market is another space almost entirel
  • Shopping Summary
    Between the main shipping port and the Terminal Transbordador is the Feria Artesanal Angelmó. Stretching for three blocks, these stalls offer handcrafted and mass-produced goods, like textiles, wood, leather, lapis lazuli jewelry, shells and kitschy souvenirs. Also on hand are regional jams, chocol
  • Putre Shopping
    Around the plaza are several artisan shops selling locally made alpaca sweaters, scarves, shawls, ruandas (ponchos) and other woolen goods. Some also have the run-of-the-mill souvenirs and post cards. Most close noon-3 p.m. for lunch. Taller de Artesanía Demonstrativo has a large selection of items
  • Arica Shopping
    The pedestrian malls (paseo peatonal) Bolognesi and Thompson are lined with small kiosks selling clothing, jewelry, woodworking, musical instruments and other artisan work, as well as toys, books and CDs. The Feria Internacional Máximo Lira next to the Arica-Tacna train station speci
  • Shopping
    Though shopping isn't the primary reason to come to Valparaíso, there are some worthwhile outdoor markets and small artisan shops around town, as well as lots of independent art galleries up on Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción selling contemporary Chilean artwork. The Antique feria on Saturdays i
  • Iquique Shopping
    Along Paseo Baquedano, near Plaza Prat, street stalls sell artisan wares, antiques, books and other wares. Galería Turística Artesanal is a mini-mall of artisan stands selling everything from handmade crafts to kitschy souvenirs (Gorostiaga 301). Marka Sawuri, a cooperative of Aymara women from Ch
  • Coyhaique Shopping
    On the Plaza de Armas, between Horn and Dussen, is an artisan market. Like a small village of log cabins, these two dozen shops sell jewelry, wood, leather and woolen crafts. Some artesanías are of very high quality and originality. Another place to pick up artisan work is the Feria Artesanos del O
  • Temuco Market
    The Temuco market attracts the best foods that the surrounding communities can produce. Temuco for the most part is just a transit point. However, it is also one of the best places in the IX region to sample the market food. Many will wonder why the Temuco market is so special, when many of the same
  • Cochrane Shopping
    For such a small town, Cochrane has an impressive number of artisans. For a one-stop shopping excursion, stop into the museum / tourism office where Taller Los Tamangos del Baker has leather, wood, wool and other crafts for sale (San Valentín 555, Tel.: 52-2326 / 08-885-5564). Some individual craft
  • Futaleufú Shopping
    An unnamed shop on Sargento Aldea sells locally made wood and wool crafts (Sargento Aldea 273). The restaurants Sur Andes also has an artisan store (daily 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Aguirre Cerda 308, Tel.: 72-1405) and Martín Pescador sells artesanía and hand-tied fishing flies (Balmaceda 603, Tel.: 72-12
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  • BancoEstado
    Money exchange.
  • Lave Fresh
    This laundromat offers self-service, but you can also pay them to wash your clothes for you.
  • Central Bank/ATMs
    For money exchange and other banking needs the main bank, Banco de Chile, is located on the corner of Del Salvador and Santa Rosa. There are also ATMs throughout the city center.
  • Laundry Service
    Laundry service is available in any lavarap (laundry service) or most hostels and hotels offer the service as well.
  • Keeping in Touch
    There are a few internet cafés sprinkled throughout town. Mistica is one of the more dependable cafés, located on San Pedro 201 in front of the Tur Bus office.
  • Rent a Car Insular
    Rent a Car Insular is one of the many car rental agency along Av. Atamu Tekena, offering regular cars, 4x4s and bicycles, as well. A 4x4 is the best option to explore the island's poor roads, especially if it has been raining.
  • Post Office
    The post office is on the corner of San Pedro and San José.
  • Doctors in Chile
    Finding a doctor in Chile should not be an issue, as there are walk-in clinics and 24-hour services in most major cities. The quality is generally high in urban areas such as Santiago, though this may not be the case in more remote areas. Whether at a small local clinic or a larger office in the ci
  • Hospitals in Chile
    Chile has extremely high medical standards at relatively low prices. Clean, well-equipped hospitals and qualified doctors (often bilingual) should not be too hard to find, especially in the capital city, Santiago. Private hospitals (clínicas) receive more funding and therefore tend to offer better
  • Villarrica Services
    Tourism and other Offices For information about what to do and see in Villarrica, drop by the Oficina Municipal de Turismo (daily 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 2:30-6 p.m. Pedro de Valdivia 1070, Tel: 56-45-20-6619, E-mail: turismo@villarrica.org, URL: www.villarrica.org) or the Oficina Cámara de Turismo (dail
  • Pucón Services
    Pucón's municipal tourism office has good information on what to do, getting around, lodging and camping (daily 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Municipalidad, O'Higgins and Palguín, Tel.: 29-3003). The Cámara de Turismo is another excellent place to go for information (low season daily 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4-7 p.
  • Surf & Bodyboard School
    Our Surf and Bodyboard School invites you to enjoy the sea and to learn the techniques to cope with the waves while standing on a surfboard. To teach the techniques of surfing, Uma Jaqi has training and teaching routines adapted to the skills and abilities of all different students. If you'
  • Tour Operators in Villarrica
    Several agencies in Villarrica lead tours to the local national parks and hot springs, as well as expeditions to climb Volcán Villarrica, fish, horseback ride, whitewater raft and other outdoor activities. Amongst these are Politur (Anfión Muñoz 647, Tel: 56-45-41-4547, E-mail: turismo@politur.co
  • Hospital de Ancud
    Emergency care.
  • Medical
    Medical services are available at Centro Médico Puerto Varas, Walker Martinez 576, Tel: 2-232-792, open 24-hours a day.
  • Cruz Verde (Pharmacy)
    Pharmacy.
  • When to Go to Viña del Mar
    Viña enjoys sunny summers and mild winters. The temperatures range from 22C (72F) to 10C (50F) so it's possible to visit all year round. The city swells with tourists during the summer season from December to February. The Festival Internacional de la Canción takes place in February. This festiva