AIC2016

AIC2016

Interim Meeting: Color in Urban Life

THE CITY

Santiago is Chile’s capital city. In this city, on every street and each neighborhood, ancient traditions coexist with 21st century life.

For those who love entertainment, culture, shopping and related activities, the city offers all the best alternatives, as well as the necessary infrastructure, an excellent mediterranean weather, and the hospitality and professionalism of its people.

MORE ABOUT SANTIAGO.

Founded in 1541, Santiago is 543 meters above sea level. Its population is around 6 million inhabitants, roughly a third of the country’s total population. It is Chile’s political, economic and cultural center, in addition to being one of South America’s main financial hubs.

In Santiago, you can use the Transantiago, the urban public transportation bus system. You can download a map of the entire Transantiago network in this link.

You can also use the Metro, the underground transportation system. You can download a map of the entire Metro network in this link.

For both systems, you have to use the Bip! card, a pre-paid transportation card which can be purchased and recharged inside metro stations, authorized banks, and designated establishments.

The state-administered tourism agency Sernatur maintains various offices and information booths in all major cities and airports.

At Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral, just a block away from the venue of the AIC2016 Interim Meeting, you can access a Sernatur information booth.

Throughout the last 25 years, Chile has experienced sustained economic growth, which has created a number of improvements in the life quality of most of its inhabitants, improvements such as higher economic stability, a low unemployment rate and a remarkable degree of civic safety.

Santiago is a peaceful city by South American standards, nevertheless it’s recommended you avoid leaving your belongins unatended.

When coming to Santiago, you will arrive the International Arturo Merino Benítez Airport (AMB – SCL). To travel from the airport to Santiago there are several alternatives. It is recommended to use the airport official services, which have proper identification.

  • From airport to downtown by bus: the cheapest way to get to the downtown. Just leaving the airport, you can find two buses companies, Centropuerto or TurBus Aeropuerto, that connect the airport with metro stations (Line 1: Los Héroes station at the downtown and Pajaritos station, at the North-West of the city).
    Cost:
    One way ticket: $1.500 CLP (2.3 USD) / Round ticket: $2.900 CLP (4.5 USD).
    Schedule:
    Monday to Sunday, from 06.00 to 23.30.
  • From airport to your hotel by transfer: the minibuses, also known as transfers, provide collective transportation up to 6-7 passengers. The minibus will take you to the exact address of your hotel in Santiago, leaving the different passengers by following the best time-place route. Just before leaving the airport you will find the two companies desks, Delfos and Transvip.
    Cost:
    Airport to Downtown: $6.800 CLP (10.5 USD) / Airport to Providencia area: $7.400 CLP (11.3 USD) / Airport to Las Condes area: $8.000 (12.3 USD).
    Schedule:
    Monday to Sunday, daylong
  • From airport to your hotel by taxi: when taking a taxi, we strongly recommend you to go to the taxi desks inside the airport, located just after the Arrivals area. The company TaxiOficial provides taxi services without reservation, either basic taxis (black and yellow) operating through a meter, or tourism taxis (blue) with a fixed rate destination.
    Cost:
    Airport to Downtown: $12.000 to $15.000 CLP (USD $24 – $30)
    Schedule:
    Monday to Sunday, daylong

Important info: outside the airport, you’ll find plenty of taxis and people offering you their transport services, which can be very persistent with their offers. They could even try to take your luggage to their vehicles. Be clear and strong in your decision, saying a simple “No gracias” and go to an official airport transportation service.

ABOUT CHILE

Chile is a destination still waiting to be discovered. One of the few unexplored treasures left in the world, a fascinating place that offers a myriad of unforgettable experiences. Chile is good for you!

Chile is a country of sharp contrasts. From north to south, mountains to the sea, Chile will surprise you with its varying landscapes: arid deserts, snow-covered mountains, fertile valleys, native forests, patagonian fjords and glaciers.

The single-phase voltage in Chile is 220 V, with a frequency of 50 Hz. Chilean electrical outlets use type C plugs, which are the plugs most commonly used in Europe, Asia, and South America. For more information, please visit World Standards.

Springtime in Santiago starts on late september. This season offers clean skies, mild winds, and colorful nature. Temperatures range from a minimum of 6º C (43º F) in the early morning, to a maximun of 23º C (73º F) in the afternoon.

The official currency is the Chilean Peso (CLP).

The best way of withdrawing cash is using Automated Teller Machines (ATM) marked with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro logo. In most cases, you will only be permitted to withdraw a maximum ammount of US$400 per day, or its equivalence in CLP.

You can exchange money only in official institutions and banks. Prominent hotels will typically exchange money during the weekend, however the rates tend to be rather inconvenient.

If you’re ever short of cash, you can use your regular credit card to pay for services in almost all establishments.

Banks:
Monday to friday, from 09:00 to 14:00 hrs.
Supermarkets:
Monday to sunday, from 09:00 to 21:00 hrs.
Shopping Malls:
Monday to sunday, from 10:00 to 22:00 hrs.
Street Shops:
Monday to friday, from 10:00 to 19:00 hrs., and saturday, from 11:00 to 14:00 hrs.

It’s customary to tip 10% of the bill in restaurants. Taxi drivers do not require tips, although the final fare might be rounded off for convenience.

To enter Chile, all passengers have to show their identification documents (identity card, passport or similar document). Depending on your country of origin, you might be required to present your stamped visa.

Citizens of South America, the European Union, the United States, Canada and Australia do not require a visa. However, some passengers will be asked to cover a reciprocity tax upon arrival in Chile, which needs to be paid in cash:

United States
US$ 131
Canada
US$ 132
Australia
US$ 61
Mexico
US$ 23
Albania
US$ 30

Chile’s excellent health standards regarding plants and animals of economic relevance are constantly being watched. In order to better preserve said standards, there is an official state-administered institution responsible for supporting the development of Chile’s agriculture, forestry, and livestock industries; The Agricultural and Livestock Service, SAG.

No matter where you come from, when you arrive to Chile you will be required to declare all vegetable and animal products, as they may contain pests and/or diseases. For more information, please visit SAG’s official website.

Ambulance
131
Fire Department
132
Police Emergency
133
Investigation Police
134
Search Service and maritime rescue
137
Aerial Rescue
138
Police Information
139

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that Chile is not at risk of Zika virus, as can be seen in the global report provided by the same organization. Also, Chile is not at risk of Dengue virus.

For more information about this or other health topics, please visit the WHO official website.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Chile is a Spanish speaking country. Chilean people tend to speak really fast, with a fairly loose diction –so don’t feel bad if you can’t understand it on the first try.

English is spoken in most of the hotels, restaurant and souvenir shops in the touristic areas.

  WHERE TO GO IN CHILE

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Atacama Desert:
Northern Chile is home to the world’s most arid desert and its salt flats, hot springs and geysers, as well as large deposits of copper and other minerals. For more information, please visit the official travel guide to Chile
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Santiago, Valparaíso and Surroundings:
The Chilean capital is no doubt the perfect starting point for any visitor, offering hundreds of options for every budget and interest. For more infomation, please visit the official travel guide to Chile.
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Lakes and Volcanoes:
The entire region smells of wood. Wet earth provides employment in the fields of agriculture and livestock, and people remain warm and welcoming. For more information, please visit the official travel guide to Chile.
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Patagonia:
This region’s peculiarities include vast Ice fields that give way to majestic glaciers, and the splendor of mountains like Torres del Paine and Cerro Castillo. For more information, please visit the official travel guide to Chile.
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Islands:
Chile's territory includes hundreds of islands, but the three most popular ones, with travelers and easy access, are Easter Island, Robinson Crusoe and Chiloé. For more information, please visit the official travel guide to Chile

ACCOMMODATION

Here you can find some accommodation options, which are located at a walking-distance of the AIC2016 venues. All these options have been provided by Cocha, the AIC2016 Official Tourism Agency.

The AIC2016 Organizing Committee recommends the following hotels:

We have made some pre-reservations in these hotels for the AIC2016 attendees. If you want to access to one of the pre-reservations, please write to incoming@cocha.com, before September.