Chile is expensive
Thanks the the advice.
I've stopped for the day and I'm at the Hotel Pastos Chicos, in Susques, Argentina, a mining town on Hwy 52 near the Chilean border at about 4000 meters. I'll be crossing over into Chile tomorrow through the Jama pass.
I spoke with a group of Argentianina ridres when I arrived here. They had just come through the pass and said it was quite cold. They said there was quite a bit of snow on the side of the road but the road itself was clear. So I decided to attempt the Jama pass tomorrow.
I have to agree with your comments. It too has been my experience that much of the Gringo Trail, especially in Chile, is rather expensive. Argentina, particularly in the Patagonia, is expensive as well, but it doesn't yet match Chilian prices. And when they think you have money (ie, own a BMW, even a national) there are no deals.
in Osorno, Chile, for example, charged me $120 (that's dollars, not pesos) for 4 litres of synthetic oil and $60 for a BMW oil filter. I was there to pick up parts for my Hepco Becker top case. The cost of the HB parts were reasonable and I didn't think to ask the price of the oil and filter before they did the oil change. Lesson learned.
And in Santiago I saw various BMW parts costing 3 times as much as they do in North America. For example, Stateside, a replacement windshield is less than US$300. In Santiago it's over US$1,300 (that's US dollars). And just to be sure, I had an independent mechanic confirm the prices for me. But I digress.
So I am not the least bit surprised at the prices in San Pedro de Atacama. But this is where important mail from home will be arriving.
Thanks again for your time and advice.
Last edited by BMWRC; 27 Mar 2009 at 12:23.