|CentroParque Convention & Conference Center|
|Presidente Riesco 5330 A-B level Las Condes, Santiago, Chile|
is located in the country’s central valley, between the Andean Mountains and the Chilean Coastal Range, within the Metropolitan Region. It is the main urban center of the country. The city houses the main administrative, commercial, cultural, financial and governmental agencies in Chile.
Santiago has many museums, pedestrian walkways and other areas where gastronomy is combined with a vibrant nightlife. Green areas are available in most of the city, so you can explore it on foot, bicycle or car. Its great location allows its visitors to choose from many activities that can be carried out in nearby places, as they enjoy nature, snow, beaches and fine wines.
The International Airport Arturo Merino Benítez is the airport for the city of Santiago. It is the airport with the greatest number of travelers in Chile.
September is characterized by cold days and a temperature range between a minimum of 6º C and a maximum of 19º C.
In Chile, the electrical voltage is 220V/50Hz. All electronic devices designed for 110 V require a transformer. Some portable devices, including laptop computers, usually have transformers of high voltage (110 V–240 V), which are adaptable to the Chilean electrical system. Please check the specifications in your devices before plugging them in.
Participants are advised to observe the same general safety precautions that they would abide by when traveling to any major city.
For example, participants should safeguard their documents and valuables by using the safety deposit box in their hotel room.
Similarly, participants should only use trusted transportation services that are duly identified and mobilize in metered taxis to ensure they are charged the right fare. Eating raw vegetables is not recommended, especially those that grow at ground level (e.g. lettuce, carrots, etc.). If you are going to consume them, make sure they come from a well-known supermarket or restaurant that complies with sanitary standards.
In general, Santiago's drinking water is completely safe for ingestion. For people who are generally more susceptible to changes in their environments, we suggest drinking only bottled water during your first days in Chile. Bottled water is commonly found in supermarkets, stores and restaurants.
Although Santiago is a safe city for foreigners, we recommend that you pay attention to your personal belongings at all times, especially in crowded areas. Please abstain from walking by yourself during the night and from going alone to places that are far from the place where you are staying.
Neither UNITECR nor the logistics firm are responsible for participants’ medical or travel insurance, or any theft or personal accidents they may encounter. Participants are advised to take appropriate precautionary measures in this regard.
The congress language is English.
The Value Added Tax, or VAT, is 19% on purchases or consumption.
The official currency of Chile is the Chilean Peso (CLP). Participants are advised to always travel with US Dollars or make use of the money exchange stations at the airport or hotels. 1 dollar is equivalent to 647 Chilean pesos approximately.
The official time zone in Santiago is UTC -3. Business hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Shopping centers are open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday.
Semiformal dress is recommended for both the daytime sessions and evening events. Remember that temperatures in conference rooms may vary.
Some nationalities require a travel visa to visit Chile. We recommend that you check with the Chilean Consulate in your country to verify whether you require a visa following this link. Obtaining the appropriate visa is a personal matter. Neither UNITECR nor the logistics firm will be held responsible if a participant is unable to attend the event due their failure to obtain an appropriate visa.
The routes airport / hotel / airport are responsibility of each participant.
For your safety, it is recommended to take an airport taxi located at the arrivals gate, or book with the principal companies at their web site. Those are Transfer Delfos and Transvip which has a cost of around US$47 for a one way trip to the area near CentroParque Convention & Conference Center.
Taxis also can be arranged through your hotel or by using mobile applications such as SaferTaxi, Easy Taxi, Uber and Cabify which work well and are very safe. The trip has a cost of approx. US$ 0.50 for the first 100 meters and then US$ 0.20 every 80 meters.
Smoking is prohibited in all public transportation vehicles.