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Re: How will the protests affect our trip?

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:17 pm
by helibel
Hmm! We fly out to Chile in a couple of days. We have decided to skip Santiago completely on the way down and booked a domestic flight to Valdivia, rent a car there and stay pretty close to home. How likely are we to have problems at the airport? flight delays?
LOL there is very little seafood in Futrono and Llifen and I might be forced to cancel the trip Entirely if you tell me I shouldn’t travel to Valdivia to eat Congrio and Pailas.
We do have two nights in Santiago in early December, I am keeping my finger crossed that we will be able to travel across Santiago to Lo Barnechea to at least see family for one meal.

Re: How will the protests affect our trip?

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:26 pm
by 41southchile
helibel wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:17 pm
Hmm! We fly out to Chile in a couple of days. We have decided to skip Santiago completely on the way down and booked a domestic flight to Valdivia, rent a car there and stay pretty close to home. How likely are we to have problems at the airport? flight delays?
LOL there is very little seafood in Futrono and Llifen and I might be forced to cancel the trip Entirely if you tell me I shouldn’t travel to Valdivia to eat Congrio and Pailas.
We do have two nights in Santiago in early December, I am keeping my finger crossed that we will be able to travel across Santiago to Lo Barnechea to at least see family for one meal.
Had a gringo friend bus up to Stgo last monday night, to buy a pick up, I did suggest he was crazy, but off he went from Puerto Varas and was there all day Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, he bought a pick up. The guys at the dealership must of been thinking "wtf is this crazy gringo doing buying a pick up in the middle of street protests and tear gas canisters " he drove back down here near to Llanquihue Friday.
He stayed at a hostels in Provi and downtown, he said it was pretty chaotic in the evenings and just stayed in his room or next door to the hostel had a few beers and watches running groups of vandals and protesters being chased by the police with teargas, while those in the bar yelled verbal abuse from the sidewalk. After that he stayed in his room and didnt venture out in the evenings. That was ground zero so to speak.
The South is fine, outside the urban areas . It changes daily but every thing you are doing is possible, just expect delays at anytime if you are near the cities. Flights are as normal, and have been so far from what I have seen and heard, no issues.

Re: How will the protests affect our trip?

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:43 pm
by admin
well, possible some sort of strike for airline workers the 12th

https://www.emol.com/noticias/Economia/ ... tiago.html

probably the worse thing about these strikes, is they are terribly inconsistent. normal strikes, are typically announced a week or two in advance, and everyone adjust accordingly.

right now, they sometimes happen when announced, and others not so much; just to then actually happen a couple days later.

Re: How will the protests affect our trip?

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:49 pm
by 41southchile
admin wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:43 pm
well, possible some sort of strike for airline workers the 12th

https://www.emol.com/noticias/Economia/ ... tiago.html

probably the worse thing about these strikes, is they are terribly inconsistent. normal strikes, are typically announced a week or two in advance, and everyone adjust accordingly.

right now, they sometimes happen when announced, and others not so much; just to then actually happen a couple days later.
Guess my mother in law wont be flying back tomorrow to Santiago 😢.

Just got this through from NZ embassy

This is a message from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Please pass this message on to other New Zealanders in Chile who may not be registered.

Large demonstrations are continuing in Santiago and other cities across Chile. A nationwide general strike has been called by unions for tomorrow, Tuesday 12 November. New Zealanders in Chile should continue to monitor local media for updates and follow the instructions and advice of the local authorities. In light of the civil unrest you should expect to see a significant police presence in major cities.

Transport links may be impacted, including by blockades on inter-city highways or potential delays at airports. Airport workers have announced that they will participate in tomorrow’s general strike, which will likely cause significant disruption to Santiago international airport and other airports in Chile. You should check the status of your flight with your airline before travelling to the airport. Public transport links within Santiago and other cities are running a limited service and may also be affected by the strike.

New Zealanders in Chile should remain vigilant of the situation and avoid protests and demonstrations, as even those that are intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent with little or no warning. Police may use tear gas and/or water cannons to disperse demonstrations

Re: How will the protests affect our trip?

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:01 pm
by thisisreallycomplicated
41southchile wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:49 pm
A nationwide general strike has been called by unions for tomorrow, Tuesday 12 November.
What does a general strike typically affect? Or not affect, if it affects almost everything?

Re: How will the protests affect our trip?

Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:24 pm
by admin
oh, I have been getting spam from the u.s
embassy for weeks. I think i read one.

basically said what it always does, "if you have a problem, don't call us".

Re: How will the protests affect our trip?

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:06 pm
by admin
well, seems just about everyone in chile went on strike, but the airports.

Re: How will the protests affect our trip?

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:29 pm
by helibel
Thanks
A bit nerve racking wondering if we will get south with out issues.