Useful hints about your time in Chile:

Climate

Due to Chile's lengthy land mass you will find many different climatic zones, from subtropical, dry zones down to polar zones. Climate is formed too by the ocean in the west and Andean mountain ranges in the east, generally you can say that Northern Chile is warm and dry, Central Chile has mild weather all year round and the southern part gets cold and wet in winter. Notice that as Chile is in the southern hemisphere, seasons are opposite to the seasons on the northern hemisphere.

Internet/ WLAN

Internet connection in Chile is pretty good, even on the countryside, but don’t expect it on the trails.

Language

The official language is Spanish; there are some Indian languages in the north and Mapudungun which is spoken by the Mapuche Indians in Southern Chile. Communication without any Spanish knowledge is difficult, but as the Chileans are quite willing to understand, you can manage without. It’s not common to find someone who speaks English.

Electricity

The Voltage is 220 Volts AC. You need adapters with 2 round poles, which you can buy in almost any shop - for both European and US plugs. On the riding trails there is electricityonly in some places, so make sure you carry enough spare batteries for your camera. We can charge batteries about evry 3 days.

Tips

In Southern America a 10% tip is common in restaurants and bars. The tip for the local guides - which forms an important part of their income - should always maintain a relation with the quality of their efforts.

Links

About Chile

Lonely Planet - International travel guide

CONAF - Administration of national parks

Lodging

La Tetera - Charming and comfortable guesthouse

¡école! - Cozy hostel and excellent vegetarian restaurant

Pucón and surroundings

Language Pucón - The place to learn Spanish in Pucon( maybe Chile), focusing on "Spanish for Traveller"

Villarrica Volcano - Information about the nearby volcano

Trip advisor - Here you find independent traveller ratings of hostels , agencies and activities in Pucon

Mapuche Indians

Mapuche Culture Good information on history, culture, arts. In English

Weather in Pucon

Pronostico Pucon Comparison of 5 weather stations, Accu and meteologica de Chile beeing the most reliable.

Horse riding pages in Chile

Horses and Huskies Hernan Cipriani, our friend and partner on the Crosssing the Andes rides

Horse trails Chile Page of Casa Chueca Hostel, organizing rides in the Andes

pantupikerauri Karin's girlfriend from schooldays, whom we just relocated, doing horse rides on Easter Island.

Volunteering options If you do not want to work with us or there is no more vacancy, you can find possibilities for free volunteering all around Southern America here .

More volunteering options you find at the volunteer abroad programs of volunteerlatinamerica.com

Justin Lotak just published a book with volunteeroptions in South- and Centra lAmerica:

And here you find even more volunteering options in South america

Discoving Chile and Argentina in a motorhome Holiday Rent rents motorhomes and campers to discover even the most remote and astonishing courners of Chile in a independend way close to nature.