2019 Excursion to Chile
Photo Credit: James Q Martin
Resources for Registrants
We look forward to exploring the stunning beauty and biodiversity of the Patagonia region and learning about the largest public/private philanthropy conservation effort in the world with you in March.
Please use the following resources to plan and prepare for this excursion:
Traveling to Chile
Air travel to Puerto Montt Airport (PMC) on March 16 and out of Santiago Airport (SCL) on March 24 should be arranged on your own or by using a travel agency. Final registration fees included all ground transportation and in-country flights (both commercial and charter) within Chile once you arrived into Puerto Montt on March 16, as well as all lodging (eight nights) and meals (not including alcohol). Round trip airfare to Chile was not included in your excursion registration fees.
You may choose to use our recommended travel agency, Corporate Travel Management (CTM) to arrange your round trip travel to Chile. We encourage you to make your travel plans by November 30, 2018. Please share all travel plans with Jamie once they are confirmed.
Please keep the following travel parameters in mind when booking your trip:
- March 16, 2019: Arrive to Puerto Montt Airport (PMC) by 3:15 pm
- In order to arrive in Chile on March 16, you will have to depart out of US airports on March 15 and fly overnight.
- March 24, 2019: Depart out of Santiago Airport (SCL) no earlier than 8 pm
- Departures after 8 pm on March 24 will be for red eye flights to the US, arriving on March 25.
To make your flight arrangements through CTM, create an online profile in their system by following this process:
- Click on this website.
- Complete the required fields. Use your personal email as your “Concur Login.” Press Submit.
- Once confirmed (there may be a delay here), you will receive an email from DoNotReply@concursolutions.com with the Subject Line: Password Reset Request. You must follow the link in this email within 24 hours of receipt to reset your password.
- Once you have signed in with your new password, you must complete the fields marked as [Required] and Press Save to complete your profile.
- Contact CTM to discuss and book your travel options by calling 1-800-366-1544 or 1-781-970-1216 (outside of the US) or by emailing email@example.com.
- CTM charges a booking fee of $35 per transaction.
The see the draft version of our excursion itinerary (subject to change) click here.
Rachel’s Network will host a series of webinars to help registrants plan for this excursion. The schedule for these webinars and PowerPoint presentations (as available) are below.
November 15, 11 am ET – Planning and Program Webinar: Setting Expectations and Travel
December 13, 11 am ET – Planning and Program Webinar: Program Updates and Travel
January 24, 1 pm ET – Preserving Wildlands: Large Scale Conservation in Chile with Tom Butler
Click here to listen and watch the recorded webinar including Tom’s presentation – fast forward to 13 minutes into the presentation to skip housekeeping and introductions
February 28, 1 pm ET – Know Before You Go – Preparing for the Rachel’s Network 2019 Excursion to Chile
Monday, November 19 – Email Birds of Chile Assumption of Risks Forms to firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, November 30 – Book round trip air travel to Chile
- WhatsApp – free app for texting and calling when in wifi range; please download on your smart phone for us to create a group for in-country communications once we arrive in Chile
- Corporate Travel Management – Suggested Travel Agency, but not required
- Chile Travel Website
- Parque Pumalin Website
- Parque Patagonia Website
- DuoLingo – easy to use app for learning Spanish
Tompkins Conservation has assembled a helpful packing list for park visitors. Due to charter plane limitations, please keep in mind that each guest is limited to 50 pounds of luggage TOTAL (including carry-on bags). Affordable laundry services are available in Patagonia Park but orders can take up to 36 hours to complete. Plan to only pack what you need and re-wear clothes.
Before you go…
- Speak with your doctor about Typhoid and Hepatitis A vaccines (not required but recommended by the CDC).
- Notify your cell phone carrier and credit card company that you are traveling Internationally.
- Give your friends and family our Supplemental Travel Information so they can see at-a-glance where you are and who to reach out to if they can’t reach you.
- Download WhatsApp to your phone to receive text reminders about our itinerary during the trip.
- Visit a currency exchange to convert USD to Chilean pesos (you can also do this inside the Santiago airport or at select ATMs in Puerto Varas).
- Buy an outlet converter (voltage converter for 220 volt devices).
- Buy an external battery for your cell phone.
- Make a copy of your passport, bring it with you, and send yourself an electronic version as back-up.
Set your Expectations…
- “Being in Patagonia is all about being flexible” – you can experience all four seasons in one day, and the weather will impact the accuracy of all travel times.
- Dress will always be informal, no need to change for meals, and there will be no name-tags distributed during this trip.
- Prepare to pack and carry your own snacks, reusable water bottle, hiking bathroom supplies (see this helpful article), and medications for motion or altitude sickness.
- Beginning with dinner on March 16 through lunch on March 24, all meals will be paid for by Rachel’s Network directly as part of your registration fees. This DOES NOT INCLUDE the purchase of alcohol, wine or beer. If you wish to purchase an alcoholic beverage, please arrange personal payment with the server or purchase it from the bar (when available) and carry it to the table.
- Taxi service can be unreliable – whenever possible, use prearranged transport or negotiate a flat fee with your taxi driver before departing.
- Tipping can be complicated – use this document from Tompkins Conservation as your guide. Please note that Rachel’s Network will take care of staff gratuities inside Parque Pumalin and Parque Patagonia as well as gratuities for restaurant servers, guides, and van drivers. Registrants should plan to tip hotel staff in Puerto Varas and Coyhaique at your discretion.
- Safety – generally, Chile is a safe place to travel. However, you should always use common sense and keep your eye on your belongings, especially in larger cities. Carry your passport separate from your driver’s license, and consider wearing a money belt.
Patagonia is Building Parks. Pay Attention. – an article from Outside Magazine about the building of parks in Chile
In Chilean Patagonia, Following A Track to the End of the World – a NYTimes article about the Route of Parks
With 10 Million Acres in Patagonia, A National Park System Is Born – a NYTimes article about the Chilean National Parks
Protecting the Wild – a book about conservation efforts worldwide including a chapter in Chilean Parks
- Introduction: Protected Areas and the Long Arc Toward Justice, by Tom Butler
- Protected Areas in Chilean Patagonia, by Carlos Cuevas
- Afterword: Douglas R. Tompkins