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[Updated] Protests in Santiago, Chile: What they mean for your travel plans




November 8th, 2019

Here is the latest update from our travel partners in Chile:

Small, peaceful demonstrations are still taking place throughout the country. A larger demonstration, which began in the city center of Santiago and has extended to Providencia, is still riotous and not suitable for tourists. On Wednesday October 30th, a human rights observer from the United Nations visited Chile to review how military and police reacted during protests.

Our travel partners suggest that travelers planning to stay in Santiago be moved to hotels in Vitacura and Las Condes for the next two weeks.

In Valparaiso, hotels in the hills are functioning normally and restaurants and shops are open.

All airports and airlines in Chile are functioning normally.

Peaceful demonstrations continue to take place in the Lake District, and small, peaceful demonstrations  are taking place in Patagonia, Carretera Austral, San Pedro de Atacama, and Easter Island.

October 29th, 2019

Here is the latest update from our travel partners in Chile:

  • Protests are taking place all over Chile, but most are peaceful.
  • San Pedro de Atacama services are taking place as normal, except for Laguna Chaxa, as locals there joined the strike within the past few days.
  • In the Valparaiso Region, the curfew has been reduced and now starts at 10:00 PM. Hotels in the Valparaiso Region are operating as normal.
  • In Santiago and the metropolitan area, some hotels are closed and are, as of now, unsure when they will resume operation. Certain travelers may be switched to other hotels. In this region, the curfew is currently 10:00 PM - 5:00 AM. Walking tours are not currently being operated until further notice.
  • The Santiago airport is functioning normally and most flights are operating as scheduled.
  • The Araucania airport is functioning normally, and hotels are also operating normally. Peaceful demonstrations are being held in larger cities, but there is no curfew, except in Concepcion.
  • The Lake District has curfew in Puerto Montt and Osorno, but not in Chiloe or Puerto Varas. Some peaceful demonstrations are taking place in this region.
  • Services in Easter Island are functioning as normal, with a few peaceful demonstrations being held.
  • There have been no incidents or demonstrations in Austral Road or Patagonia, with all services and hotels functioning as normal.
    We are continuing to support our clients traveling to Chile, and your safety remains our absolute priority.

October 21st, 2019

Since Friday, October 18th, the Chilean people have been involved in protests focused mostly within the Chilean capital, Santiago. The protests are in regards to social inequality and the rising cost of living in Chile, most recently triggered by a rise in subway fares.

The safety of our travelers is our absolute priority, and we have been in contact with our partners in Santiago and around Chile to ensure everyone's security and well-being.

Our partners at EcoCamp Patagonia have communicated the following as of Monday, October 21st:

  • All of the airports in the country are open and operating. Due to delays or cancellations, some flights may be rescheduled.
  • All guests with cancelled flights will receive support to reschedule their transfers and excursions.
  • City tours in Santiago, Valparaiso and Viña del Mar are being monitored daily in order to offer a pleasant travel experience. Therefore it is possible that excursions will be modified.
  • All hotels in Chile are operating normally at this time.
  • The government is evaluating the situation day by day and is placing a curfew when necessary. This is used to reduce acts of vandalism and is only used to the extent that is strictly necessary.

This article will be updated as we receive more information.

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