Patagonia is safe, high standards of hygiene keep out serious diseases away. Chile and Argentina do not require any type of vaccination. Anyways, find here some advice to keep you safe and foresee any trouble.
It is not recommended to start trekking from zero. Even if it is a short trek, it is good to prepare your body at a reasonable level. It is good to fit at least a month before, doing some intense walks of 1 hour twice a week. If you plan to do hard activity, fitness is essential.
Insurance is essential when coming to Patagonia. If you have a personal health plan or a travel insurance, check it covers activity such as trekking and outdoor walking and does not consider it as dangerous. It is good to be covered against theft and delays also. If something happens, remember to notify to a police station and get a written report otherwise insurance companies would not pay.
If you plan to go trekking out there it is good to bring a small first aid pack with you. It will be useful in case of blisters or some minor hurts.
Once here, it is important to keep hygiene. Washing your hands before having a meal is basic.
Water & Food
Water has no problem in Southern Patagonia. In fact water can be taken from pipes or streams but if you prefer to purificate it, boil water for 5 minutes to kill all pathogens. If you prefer to have natural water, Mineral Water can be found in stores anywhere.
Food in the south of Chile and Argentina are prepared and served with high hygiene standards and eating vegetables is safe. Carrying supplementary dried fruits and vegetables is good for excursions and walks.
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