Travel & Tourism
There are three ways to get to Valdivia, by air, bus, or self-drive. The city is the also the perfect starting point for adventures to nearby highlights such as national parks, pristine lakes, and charming towns. The following guide is designed to help you from your arrival to Santiago right through to your post-Workshop travel plans.
Arrival to santiago
With Santiago’s brand new international terminal set to open in June 2020, the airport is in a period of transition. The arrival process at Santiago’s international airport is as follows:
Air links to Valdivia
The nearest airport is Valdivia’s ‘Pichoy’ (ZAL), some 19 miles (32 km.) from the city center. At present, three airlines offer daily services from Santiago to Puerto Montt: LATAM Airlines (www.latam.com), SKY Airline (www.skyairline.com), and the low-cost airline JetSMART (www.jetsmart.com). Flights are daily, but with a far more limited frequency than other regional airports in Chile. These airlines also have daily flights to the far south of the country, which would open up post-Workshop options to Patagonia. Other alternatives include Osorno (OSO) and Temuco (ZCO), which both have a far greater frequency of flights, being major commercial destinations. These airports are quite some distance from Valdivia and involve a 90-minute and 2-hour drive respectively. In order to avoid these long transfers, book your flights to Valdivia as early as possible.
Getting from the airport to the venue
Transfers between Valdivia airport and the Workshop venue will be available for anyone requiring this service, both for your arrival and departure. In order to make these arrangements, we would require the following details.
In order to request your transfers, please contact Gary James at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travelling by bus
Valdivia is well-served by daily bus services from Santiago, operated by companies such as TurBus, Pullman, and Cruz del Sur. You can take an overnight bus to Valdivia from Terminal Sur in the capital. This is a 12-hour journey, so we would certainly recommend booking the “Salon Cama” or “Premium 180” options. To make reservations, visit https://www.recorrido.cl/en. One-way tickets cost around 15,000 Chilean Pesos (22 USD) for Salon Cama and 20,000 (28 USD) for the Premium 180 option. The bus station in Valdivia is just a few blocks from the Workshop venue.
This area of Chile is very easy to navigate if you choose to hire a car for the duration of their stay. There are several rent-a-car companies located at Valdivia airport. Reservations can be made in advance with companies such as Avis, Budget, SixT, and Europcar.
An excursion will be arranged during the Workshop for all delegates who have signed up for this service. The tour will focus on the key highlights of the area and will be exclusively for Land Translog IV attendees and their travel companions. Details of this tour will be revealed closer to the date.
Several tours will be arranged prior to the Workshop and afterwards, giving you a good excuse to arrive early and stay later. During the Workshop we will also arrange a private night visit to a local craft brewery, Valdivia is home to Chile’s best craft beers, so this tour will be a must for beer lovers. Precise details of these tours will be announced in the coming months.
Travelling further afield
For those wishing to explore further afield either prior to or after the Workshop, recommended journeys include Chile’s Lakes region, Chiloé Island, and the 600-mile Carretera Austral, which winds its way south into the heart of Patagonia. It is important to point out that here are many unpaved sections along the way, and several ferry crossings to negotiate. The journey, however, is simply sublime. Another option is to venture into Argentina to visit the beautiful towns of San Carlos de Bariloche and Villa La Angostura, among others, and there are three crossing points less than two hours from Puerto Varas. Important: Anyone wishing to selfdrive in Argentina must request an official document from the car hire company, giving them permission to cross the border. This document takes 72 hours to obtain, which means this service should be requested at the time of booking.
A Hospitality Desk will operate throughout the Workshop. Staff will be on-hand to assist with your travel plans, arrange private tours, organize your departure transfers, and offer general assistance.
Assistance is available to all those attending Land Translog IV who wish to learn more about travel options before, during, or after the Workshop by using the contact details below.
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