16-20 December 2013
Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María
America/Santiago timezone

Travel Information

Location

The Federico Santa María University is in Valparaíso, in just an hour and a half northwest of Santiago.
Near to Viña de Mar, the 'Garden City', is one of Chile's premier beach resorts, with excellent hotels and shopping. While Valparaiso has a historic charm, immortalized in the words of Pablo Neruda, is one of South America's most charismatic and historic ports, with its charming ascensores (funicular railways) and colorful hillside constructions.

 

Getting to Viña del Mar - Valparaíso

The Viña del Mar - Valparaiso urban area is located about 100 km (60 miles) from the International Airport of Santiago. The trip takes about 70 minutes.
There are several alternative ways to get to your Hotel in Viña del Mar:

Bus (from the airport to the Santiago bus station ) + Bus (from the Santiago bus station to Viña del Mar - shuttle from 6.am to 11.00 pm) + local taxi:
Take the airport bus towards Santiago. The bus stops right outside the airport building (there are two companies: "Centropuerto" is a light blue bus, and "TurBus" is a light green bus, the ticket is paid at the bus, about $ 2.500 CLP); get off the bus at the first stop (about 15-20 min drive), called "Pajaritos" (sounds: Paharitos; ask the driver to drop you there).
Pajaritos is a small bus and subway station. The bus station to Viña is on the other side of the building from where you got off the airport bus. Buy a bus ticket to Viña del Mar or Valparaíso at the corresponding ticket office (the best companies are Tur Bus and Pullman Bus). The seats are numbered, so you must purchase the ticket at the office. Buses run every 10-15 minutes but you may have to wait up 30 minutes for your bus, depending on the rush hours. This ticket is about $ 4500 CLP (~ 8 USD).
The trip from Pajaritos to Viña takes about 90 minutes. The Bus Terminal in Viña del Mar is near downtown, and about 1 km from Hotel San Martin. You should take a taxi from the Bus Terminal to your hotel. The price should be below $ 5.000 CLP. 


Shuttle:
The details for this type of travel will be given the previous days for the conference. Total cost about US$ 40 per person in a shared autobus, for people traveling alone US$ 120. 
This item depends of the arrive and departure hour of the participants.
Airport transfer should be arranged and confirmed with conference secretary, Carla Vásquez (carla.vasquez@usm.cl).

Taxi:
There is  a taxi service from the airport, called "Taxioficial"*, round-the-clock. The price is $ 89.000 CLP per taxi to Viña (~ 180 USD); the taxi can carry up to 3 persons with luggage.  Web page: www.taxioficial.cl -  Tel. (+56-2)-6019880.

*If you decide to take a taxi of a private taxi driver, you should try to negotiate the price.


Maps

Viña del Mar
Valparaiso
UTFSM

Hotels

Recommended:

· Hotel San Martín
Address: Avenida San Martín 667, Viña del Mar        
Tel. +56 (32) 268-9191
Fax +56 (32) 268-9195
http://www.hotelsanmartin.cl/

People interested in reserves please fill up this form and send it to Carla Vasquez (carla.vasquez@usm.cl)


· Hotel Monterilla                                                   
Address: Avenida 2 Norte 65, Viña del Mar             
Tel. +56 (32) 297-6950
Fax +56 (32) 268-3576
http://www.monterilla.cl

In the Monterilla Hotel we have a 20% discount off the published prices in the web page. To make a reservation you should email (lyanes@monterilla.cl), be sure to include that you will be attending the HEP Conference at UTFSM*.

· Hotel 3 Poniente
Addres: 3 Poniente 70, Viña del Mar

Tel. +56 (32) 2478576
http://www.hotel3poniente.cl/


In the Hotel 3 Poniente we have special prices:
Single for 1 person: 26.000 CLP (Chilean pesos)
Single for 2 people: 33.000 CLP
Double for 2 people: 35.000 CLP
To make a reservation you should email (info@hotel3poniente.cl) explaining the type of reservation you'd like, and that you will be attending the HEP Conference at UTFSM*
The 3 Poniente Hotel does not have more rooms available. 

Others:

· Hotel Best Western Marina del Rey 
Addess: Ecuador 299, Viña del Mar
Tel. +56 (32) 2383000
Fax: 
+56 (32) 2383001
www.marinahoteles.cl 

In the Hotel Marina del Rey we have a discount, but it only applies to Chilean pesos. The discount rate is: 
Single/Double: 57.715 CLP total per night (90.000 CLP or 180 USD is the normal price) 
To make a reservation you should email reservas.vina@marinahoteles.cl, explaining that you will be attending the HEP Conference at UTFSM*.
 
In Valparaíso:
· Hotel Ibis 
Address: Avenida Errazuriz 811, Valparaíso
Tel. +56 (32) 2340000
Fax: +56 (32) 2340000
www.ibis.com

For help making reservations or questions contact Carla Vásquez or Alison Sherman. 

*Please keep in mind that if you don't say that the reservation is for the UTFSM Conference, the special prices will not be respected.

Also It would be very helpful send the reservation email with copy to the email hep-chile@usm.cl.