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This page is intended to provide you with the information you need to prepare your visit to ... It is regularly updated, so please check it often. Do not hesitate to tell us your suggestions.

Please note that there are many links on this page that can be clicked on to access additional information.

VDQS & EuAWE apologize for not being able to organize participants' travels and accomodation.
It is kindly requested that you make the necessary bookings yourself [transport from your home country to the city of the conference and back, as well as accomodation on the spot].

Various items of information will gradually become available:


Attention: you need an adaptor for the electrical plugs in Chile

Arrival in Chile

Searching for Flights to Santiago Chile

One of the easiest ways, at least initially, to check available flights and ticket prices is using one of the following comparing sites (for most sites you can change your country of departure on top to the right)

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or Google flight search.
Important to know is the airport code for Santiago de Chile: SCL (find here a link to the airport).

Another very helpful web-site to get information about airline routes and linked airports to plan your trip is


Important things to know

Flight duration:
The minimum flight duration for a direct flight from Europe (Paris) is 14 hours, with one connection count at least 20 hours.
Flight costs:
A return ticket from Europe should not cost you more than € 1000 (departing from Madrid or Paris), from New York or the United States not more than 750 € (but of course from Japan it will be difficult to find one for less than € 1,600). Our advice: look at different sites, they do not scan all the same databases. Don't forget the travel agencies specialized in Chile and Argentina, which can offer rates with benefits on site (hotel, transfer, ...) to very competitive prices.

Edreams can also offer attractive pricing (given its proximity to the Spanish speaking environment)
BravoFlyhas the advantage of providing easy exploration for dates plus/minus one or two days (to find out the cheaper travel options)



There are no visa requirements for citizens from countries of the European Union (maximum stay: 90 days)
But all passengers with passports from Australia, Canada, United States and Mexico must pay a reciprocity tax before entering Interpol control (further information).

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Arrival in Talca

Arriving from outside of Chile you will be landing in Santiago at Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport (SCL). From there you have to reach the city of Talca, located some 280 kilometers south. We suggest you two transportation options.

Option 1:

Participants can use the organization set up by the local committee. A bus will be bringing them from the airport to their hotels in Talca. The bus leaves at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 which is after the arrival of the main international flights. jtronc"at" If you go to Talca on your own, PLEASE warn Javier Troncoso, it will facilitate the organization of this trip.

Option 2:

To Talca by bus:
Tur Bus Aeropuerto is connecting in ~45 minutes (roundtrip ~2.500 chil$, single 1.400 chil$) the airport with the Alameda Bus Terminal (in the link ofthe bus terminal you find all the existing companies and if they have a service for Talca).
Tur Bus offers a service between Santiago and Talca, several times a day (prices for one way from 3.900 to 6.900 chil$ depending on the comfort), travel time approx. 3h and 15 min. Other bus services to Talca are: Condorbus (~5.000 chil$), Pullman del Sur (~5.000 chil$), ...


To Talca by train:
Passenger trains have been pushed out of the market by the competition from buses and by a lack of timely investments for modernization. All trains leave from Estación Central where you can easily get by the subway. Site of Chilean railway company.
Connection from Santiago to Talca (approx. 250 km): we've found three connections a day at 7:30 and 11:30 am and at 6:45 pm (one way beween 4.000 chil$ and 19.000 chil$ = ~6 à 30€).


Regardless of what your choice is, we strongly advise that you inform our organizing committee of your travel arrangements so that we can assist you in any event. As indicated above, the point of contact is Javier Troncoso at: jtronc"at" (on demand we can send you a mobile phone number to contact when in Chile).

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Place of conference

All meetings will be held at the Auditorium of the
"Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias, Universidad de Talca"
located in the Campus Lircay of the University of Talca. This campus is located on the "Avenida Lircay" a well known place in the city, so taxi drivers will conduct you there without any difficulty.


Map of the Campus Lircay
Click on the maps to enlarge.


The Google map below shows the distance from the centre of Talca (A) to the University Campus (B) where the conference is held (approximative 4 km)
[You can zoom and see the building of the "Facultade de Sciencias Agrarias" which is labelled on the map]

Click to enlarge the map

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Accommodation in Talca

If you want to begin your search with an estimation of local accommodations and their evaluation try TripAdvisor:
To book your hotel online:
Click on the images below and go directly to the websites.
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If you prefer to rent an appartement or room, check this web site:

10 Auberges
Find hotels here which give a special price for participants of the conference

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To check out restaurants in Talca you could try this link:

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Facts and figures about Chile

The super long, thin country with one of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth, from the driest place in the world, the Atacama Desert to the rugged 'Tierra del Fuego' on the southernmost point of South America. Chile is occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south. Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Juan Fernández, Salas y Gómez, Desventuradas and Easter Island.

Some facts and figures:
Official state name: Republic of Chile
Chile covers an area of approximately 756.000 km²
Inhabitants of Chile: approximately 17.400.000 , about 13.400.000 (=77,0% of the population) are Spanish native speakers.
Capital: Santiago (formally Santiago de Chile) with approx. 5.500.000 inhabitants.
Currency of Chile: Peso chileno (code: CLP, currency symbol: chil$ - Chilean Dollar).
The approximate exchange rate (as of March 2013) is 1000 CLP = 2,10 $ (US Dollar); 1,60 € (Euro); for further and actual info click for a currency converter here.

Santiago de Chile
It is located in the country's central valley, at an elevation of 520 m above mean sea level. Founded in 1541, Santiago has been the capital city since colonial times. The imposing Andes mountains can be seen from most points in the city. The city outskirts are surrounded by vineyards, and Santiago is within a few hours of both the mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

The Maule Region
The region takes its name from the Maule River which, running westward from the Andes. The Maule river is of considerable historic interest because, among other reasons, it marked the southern limits of the Inca Empire. The capital is Talca (about 236.000 inhabitants). The Maule region is Chile's leading wine-making region, producing 50% of all the country's fine export wines, and a number of the largest vineyards are located here. Owing to its high concentration of vineyards, the Curicó valley, which means "black water" in Mapudungun – is considered the core of Chile's wine industry.

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Chilean wines

General information

Chile, dozens of valleys, hundreds of terroirs, thousands of wines.
Chile is the world's fifth largest wine exporter and the tenth wine producer. At present, the local exporting wineries are as many as 300. Chile exports bottled wine to 150 countries. 82,5% of 2010 exports was bottled wine!
Chile has a longstanding winegrowing tradition: grape growing and winemaking date as far back as 500 years ago. The earliest vintage records are found in the 16th century, when the Spanish conquistadors brought Vitis vinifera vines and started to cultivate wine for sacramental purposes.
French wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were introduced around 1830 and by 1877 Chilean wineries started to export their wines to Europe.
Chile has remained free of phylloxera (the louse which ruined the European vineyards in the 19th century)and therefore the country's grapevines do not need to be grafted like all the European ones.
The most common grapes for red wines are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carménère, for white wines Sauvignon blanc and Chardonnay.

The Maule Region:

Located 260 km south of Santiago, this region is the only one that can claim the title of being the "cradle of Chilean viticulture". In fact, origins of viticulture in this rather cool river valley between the Andes and coastal mountains go back to the Spanish conquistadors who arrived in the 16th century and cultivated the país grape in the Maule Valley. To date, 8.500 hectares of a total acreage of 31.000 hectares (the biggest in Chile) are cultivated by the red país grape. The cool climate, in winter a rainy Mediterranean climate and heavy clayey soils high in acidity cause low-yielding results. In return, valueable wines are grown here. All popular red and white grape varieties are cultivated in the Maule Valley, red wine being the most valueable of all (Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, Merlot and Malbec). Soils close to rivers tend to produce fruitier wines than those located on slopes.
The Maule Valley distinguishes three principal cultivation areas: Valle de Río Claro, Valle de Loncomilla and Valle de Tutuvén. The latter presents a lesser-known facet of Chilean viticulture: the traditional dry cultivation of grapevines dominates here (the vines are irrigated by rainfall only). Vines of simple grape varieties as país or moscatel do not stand in lines but are grown in bush or gobelet form.
Wine tourism in the Maule Valley is on the upswing. Sixteen wineries, among them Balduzzi, Casa Donoso,Calina, Domaine Oriental or Carpe Diem, offer well organized visitor tours with own guest houses, fine cuisine, horseback riding and just recently wine-therapies. Carménère is considered as being the characteristic wine of the region.

More information

Especially prepared for you by our Chilean friends:

The Chilean Economy at a Glance
The Chilean Wine Industry

A summarized version of the history of Chilean viticulture
Explications about climate, soils & terroirs which are making Chile a Viticultural Paradise
Some more details about Chile's geography,climate, grapes, wines and regions

Information about some Chilean wineries:

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Suggestions for tourism
(Clickable links under the pictures)

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The main attractions for tourists are places of natural beauty situated in the extreme zones of the country: San Pedro de Atacama, in the north, is very popular with foreign tourists who arrive to admire the Incaic architecture, the altiplano lakes, and the Valley of the Moon. It is, according to NASA, National Geographic and many other publications, the driest desert in the world. The Atacama occupies 105,000 square kilometres composed mostly of salt lakes (salares), sand, and felsic lava flows towards the Andes.

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In Putre, also in the north, there is the Chungará Lake, as well as the Parinacota and the Pomerape volcanoes, with altitudes of 6,348 m and 6,282 m, respectively. Throughout the central Andes there are many ski resorts of international repute, including Portillo, Valle Nevado and Termas de Chillán. The main tourist sites in the south are the national parks, the most popular is Conguillío National Park in the Araucanía and the coastal area around Tirúa and Cañete with the Isla Mocha and the Nahuelbuta National Park, Chiloé Archipelago and Patagonia, which includes Laguna San Rafael National Park, with its many glaciers, and the Torres del Paine National Park.

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Another popular place is Valparaíso. Located just about 120 kilometer from the capital, Santiago de Chile, Valparaiso is Chile's second biggest city and the country's main sea port. Known as the "Jewel of the Pacific", Valparaiso was, before the openning of the Panama canal, the most important port on the Pacific coast, where ships sailing between Europe and the west coast of the United States stopped to take on new supplies. Valparaiso is widely known for its bohemian culture, brilliantly coloured homes and breathless seaside views. The historic downtown, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is home to colonial architecture, nice food restaurants and native markets. The town has undergone many reconstructions due to pirates, fires and earthquakes that have sadly devastated the city on various occasions, but has forever found the way to recover and it's this resilience that has planted itself into the culture.

Finally, Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean is one of the main Chilean tourist destinations. If you have enough time and money this island is surely worth a visit.

A special hint for railroad lovers among you: the Maule train Talca - Constitution. A truly scenic trip is the one you can enjoy traveling by the narrow gauge train running from Talca to Constitucion. This unique train system is running fine again after suffering heavy damage after the 2010 quake/tsunami.

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Time and Weather

For a 10 day weather forecast click on the logo

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TIME: Difference between GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) and CLT (Chile Standard Time) is minus 3 hours. When Europe has Summer Time the difference between Chile and GMT (Greenwich Mean Time, ex: London) is minus 4 hours and CET (Central European Time, ex: Paris) minus 5hours. Be aware clocks in Chile are turned forward one hour to CLST (Chilean Summer Time) on Sunday 8 September (= minus 3h to London, minus 4h to Paris)!


If you want to know the weather in direct then click on this link or on the picture and see two life pictures from Talca Airport (SCTL)

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