Chile occupies almost 7,600,000 sq. kms along the southwestern coast of South America in a narrow, mountainous strip between the Andes ranges and the Pacific Ocean. At the southern tip of Chile's mainland is Punta Arenas, the southernmost city in the world and beyond that lies the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego. Easter Island, 3,200 kms to the west, is also a Chilean possession.

Chile's climate is complex and varied. Desert in the north with negligible rainfall and an average temp of 20°C. Mediterranean in the centre with average winter rainfall and warm dry summers. Cool temperature in the south with abundant rainfall. Very stormy in the extreme south (Patagonia).

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Pre-travel preparation will help keep you safe and healthy while you are away. Please consult the Travel Doctor-TMVC before you travel overseas. We will provide specific recommendations tailored to your itinerary. Our doctors will assess and advise you on your risks, and recommend appropriate vaccination and medication to minimise your risk of becoming seriously unwell on your trip.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude illness affects many travellers visiting mountainous regions or undertaking high altitude treks, in some cases with very serious consequences. Medication can be used to facilitate the process of acclimatisation to the rarefied atmosphere at high altitudes. Before your departure, it is important to discuss your specific risk with a doctor that understands the effects of high altitude travel.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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