Border Crossing Information
- Vehicle Title
3,300 Chilean peso 'peaje' or toll once all of your paperwork is processed. There is a money exchange at the border, as you have to pay in pesos. At the Date(October15,2009) a litre of Gas is U$1, so that's like U$3.7 per gallon.
Fill out the 'tarjeta unica migratoria' you receive from migraciones. They will process this card and your passport, stamp your passport with the entry date, and give you a copy of the tarjeta to keep with your passport. Then proceed to the 'auto' window, where you can fill out your 'titulo de importacion temporal' or temporary vehicle import permit. If you plan to cross multiple times between Argentina and Chile, unfortunately it seems like you have to go through this process each time. They will enter this information into their system, give you your car import papers which you need to take to the Policia Internacional to get the paperwork stamped. Then proceed to the SAG where you will need to fill out paperwork declaring what you are bringing in to Chile. With this paperwork they will give your car a very thorough inspection, as Chile has strict laws about importing foods. If you have anything that looks like a seed (popcorn, herbs, spices) make sure to declare them. Do NOT bring any fresh fruits, vegetables, or meats in to Chile. Once the inspection is complete, pay the 3,300 'peaje' or toll, and keep the receipt. When leaving the inspection site, you will need to surrender your peaje receipt as well as a copy of the vehicle import permit.
- Chilean tourist card (filled out when entered country)
Straighforward. First go throught migracion line where they will check your passport and tourist card. They should stamp both your passport and tourist card, and hand you one of the stamped copies of the tourist card. You'll need this when you enter Argentina. Proceed to the aduana line where they will take your car import paper, stamp it, and keep it.
Roads and Driving
Driving in Chile is like driving in the US or Europe. Large freeways with fast speed limits, tolls, etc. People from Chile have warned us to NOT TRY TO BRIBE THE POLICE. You will get in lots of trouble.
Prices are in chilean peso/liter
- 93 octane:593
- 95 octane:612
- 97 octane:632
--Updated September, 2009
Camping and Hotels
If you are going to visit wine country outside of Santiago Chile, this is a great camping spot with wonderful friendly owners. Parque Aleman has a pool (during the high season), lots of shady campsites, parillas for grilling and great people. If you drive past the Concha y Toro vineyards, take a left when you get to the statue of the virgin. The road goes through beautiful country, and bear left at the fork in the road. You'll need to take a left on to a smaller street to get to the Parque Aleman (which is signed well once you get there). Ask for directions from any of the small stores or picnic areas. It's a 10-15 minute drive from Concha y Toro. The address is paradero 12 camino CONAF which probably isn't that helpful for finding it.
Surfs up so hit the ocean. Camping Pequeño Bosque has 9 lovely sites with picnic tables, wifi with a strong fast connection, nice kitchen area (only for washing dishes), hot water showers, parking, lots of trees for shade and privacy. 8000 Chilean pesos for 3 people, 2500 for each additional person. The owners are lovely as well.