Venue: Hotel Dreams De La Patagonia, Coyhaique, Aysén Región, Chile
Coyhaique: Coyhaique is a city in Aysén region, and the main city in the Northern Chilean Patagonia with a population of 55,000. Surrounded by dramatic mountains, Coyhaique is the jumping-off point for travelers through Chilean Patagonia’s most beautiful and unspoiled landscapes.
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Travel Arrangements: Daily flights from Santiago (SCL) to Balmaceda (BBA) are operated by LATAM Airlines and Sky Airline, for US$100-200.
Transfers from Balmaceda Airport (BBA) to Coyhaique City will be offered to conference delegates arriving on September 6th. For those coming on a different date, there are convenient 12-14 passengers shuttle vans, CLP $5.000 p/p (~USD8).
Hotel reservations are the responsibility of the attendee. The conference will be held at Hotel Dreams De La Patagonia. Coyhaique has a variety of accommodation options.
The following accommodations offer a 10% discount for GSTC2017 participants:
19% VAT tax, IVA (Impuesto al Valor Agregado)
Foreign tourists are exempt from paying the 19% VAT (called IVA in Chile) on hotel bills. When checking in, you will be asked for your passport and for a photocopy of the passport and the tourist card that you will receive from immigration authorities at the Santiago airport on arrival. When you checkout, you will be billed via a “factura de exportación” which does not include the 19% IVA. However, you might find this is not the case with low-budget hotels and hostels.
Do a little math when offered a price in dollars as the peso rate might be cheaper due to a proprietor’s improper or inflated exchange rate.
Extending your stay to explore the area?
TripAdvisor: Things to do in Coyhaique
Chile Travel: Coyhaique and Puerto Aysén
InterPatagonia: Activities and Tours nearby Coyhaique
GoChile: Northern Patagonia & Carretera Austral
Tour operators that have received the Chilean National System for Distinction of Sustainable Tourism Achieves (GSTC-Recognized Standard):
Andes Nativa (English/Español)
La Bicicleta Verde (English/Español)
Andina del Sud (Español)
Gold Star Travel (Español)
Novojet Chile (Español)