How to get to Puerto Varas
Osorno Volcano and Petrohué falls
The meeting will take place at the Cumbres Hotel in Puerto Varas, a charming tourist town located on the shore of the Llanquihue glacial lake (41.3°S), 900 Km. south of Santiago, Chile’s capital city.
For general information about Chile, including time zones, weather, electricity sockets, currency and exchange rates, embassies, etc. , please click here.
Getting to the conference
The nearest airport is El Tepual (IATA code: PMC), located in the city of Puerto Montt. The airport is ~ 25 Km (16 miles) away from Puerto Varas.
Please note that international visitors will have a layover in Santiago, Chile's capital city (IATA code: SCL). Santiago International Airport has daily connections with all major airports worldwide.
There are frequent flights departing every day from Santiago to Puerto Montt (1hr 30min). Flights to PMC are served by both LATAM Airlines and Sky Airlines. Sit on the left side for a chance to see volcanoes during the flight.
From the airport, you can:
1) Take a shuttle, which can take you directly to any hotel in Puerto Varas. Booking online in advance is recommended.
Here are some options, but you can certainly find additional ones online.
Easy Transfer (from USD $10 per person, shared van. They also operate private vans, at a higher rate).
TurisTour (USD $18 per person)
Booking at the airport may also be available.
It will always be cheaper to take shared vans. If you would like to share it with other conference attendees that might arrive at the airport at a similar time than you, you can coordinate that via ConferenceShare.
2) Take a taxi (CLP $20.000/USD 30). The taxi will accommodate a maximum of 4 people. A taxi can be booked at a help desk located in the baggage claim area. Best option if you can find 3 other people. Again, you can do that using ConferenceShare.
3) Uber. The Uber system is available in Chile.
The fare estimate from the airport to the Cumbres Hotel is USD $11-18.
Buses depart daily from Santiago to Puerto Varas. The trip takes about 13 hours.
Take Route 5 south from Santiago to Puerto Varas (1008 Km.).
For those interested in finding someone to share a ride with and split costs, we have partnered up with ConferenceShare, a "service that helps you save money by connecting you with other conference attendees with whom you can split costs".
To explore this option, please visit https://conferenceshare.co/ and select MBIOSYS 2017.
Please note that you share rides at your own risk and we are not responsible for any agreements you make with people via the service provided or mediating disputes that arise from such arrangements. The organizers are exempt from any liability that may result from sharing a ride with other attendees.
Some participants may require a visa to travel to Chile. Participants are encouraged to consult with the Chilean consulate/embassy in their home country about travel requirements. It is up to the participant to obtain all proper permissions to enter Chile.
An online tool to quickly evaluate whether you will require a Visa to enter Chile, based on your country of origin, can be found here.
More information about visas can be found here.
If you require an official letter of invitation for visa application purposes, please contact us.