Are dollars best for this trip?
Yes, taking a mix of dollar denominations is the best idea for this trip. Taking cash is fine, as long you exercise the same degree of common sense you would at home. The leader will best advise you on changing it once you arrive. ATMs are becoming more common but you shouldn't rely on them 100%, in case there are any problems.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
What is Patagonian weather like?
Unpredictable! One thing you can be sure though is the wind - Patagonia is famous for it. Due to proximity of the sea the climate in Patagonia is actually relatively mild. The temperatures don't go very low in winter and don't jump up in summer. Eastern Patagonia (Argentinean side) tends to be a bit warmer because of the warm equatorial current reaching the coast there. Summer is usually dry and rather sunny. Temperature during the day could reach the low 20s but it is more likely to be in the high teens. In the night it drops to 5-10 degrees. The Chilean side (e.g. Torres del Paine National Park) is definitely wetter - you can expect rain any time. It is also a few degrees colder as the west coast is washed by a cold current.
Karol Rogacki - Americas Operations
How long are the driving days?
Because of the distances involved, and the road conditions, some drives can feel long. However, there are ample opportunities to stop so you can grab something to eat or use the toilet. A long lunch stop is also within the itinerary, so you should have plenty of chances to stretch your legs!.
Karol Rogacki - Customer Operations
How much should I budget for optional activities in Patagonia?
There is always a lot to see and do in Patagonia, either as part of the trip or as an extra optional activity. If you are interested in maximising your time there, you need to budget accordingly. Full details for optional activities are in the detailed trip notes and, as costs for some items can be high, you need to ensure you have allowed for everything you would like to do.
Karol Rogacki - Americas Operations
I'm travelling via the US, do I need a visa?
Most clients are eligible to travel via the US under the US Visa Waiver Programme, however to do this you must register for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority). This must be done prior to departure - more details can be found at www.exodus.co.uk/usvisa.
Rebecca Caldicott - Customer Operations
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