Internet, Telephones and Electricity in Patagonia
Internet, Telephones and Electricity
Internet and phones
The end of the world, Patagonia, is filled with imposing mountains, gorgeous lakes, and glistening glaciers. With options to visit it through more populated cities, remote treks, or cruises, it is an amazing way to disconnect for a few days. That said, for those who have to stay connected, here are our tips:
Most hotels in Patagonia provide internet access (sometimes at a cost) and international telephones - although for calling home, you will likely receive better rates using an internet-based phone service such as Skype or WhatsApp. Do not expect good WiFi access in all locations, especially in remote lodges and on cruises. In particular, in places like Torres del Paine or El Chalten where trekking is the main activity, WiFi should not be relied on. If you are taking the Australis Cruise or Skorpios Cruise, you’ll need to check with the cruise or your Travel Agent for internet and electricity information.
For heavy internet users, a service such as Skyroam, a wireless hotspot device, may be your best option for connecting to the internet in the cities of Patagonia. GlocalMe is another good hotspot option. If you plan on bringing your smartphone to Patagonia, make sure to remember to leave it on airplane mode to avoid any roaming charges. Just enable WiFi to access the Internet where available.
If you enjoy watching TV or listening to music before you go to bed, we recommend bringing your computer or phone and downloading movies or music before you go to Patagonia.
When traveling to Patagonia, we recommend taking an electrical adapter on your trip. Before using adapters make sure to check the voltage of your electronic device to ensure that you have a charger equipped to handle a higher voltage. If not, you will need to use a voltage converter.
If you are doing the W or O trek in Patagonia, you should bring portable chargers for cameras and phones and a digital watch for an alarm. Flashlights can also be a good idea at night.
You can visit Patagonia in Chile or Argentina. Find the country specific and cruise specific information below:
Argentina uses plug type I. The standard voltage is 220 V and frequency 50 Hz.
Chile uses plug type and socket type C and L. The standard voltage is 220 V and frequency is 50 Hz.
Australis - the voltage is 220 V
Skorpios - the voltage is 220 V but there are adaptors for 110 V onboard