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Oficina Municipal de Turismo has a kiosk office on the Plaza de Armas (Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., weekends and holidays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Calle Mackenna, Tel.: 21-8740, E-mail: Sernatur also has an office which is understaffed (Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 2:30-5:30, Edificio Gobernación Provincial, O´Higgins 667, Tel.: 23-4104 / 23-7575).

Other offices of interest are:

Conaf (national park) (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2:30-5:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m. Martínez de Rosas 430, Tel.: 22-1301 / 22-1302)

Carabineros (Geise 846, Tel.: 26-3505, emergency Tel.: 133)—Also has a 24-hour kiosk on the Plaza de Armas.

Automóvil Club de Chile (Bulnes 463, Tel.: 54-0080 / 54-0085)

Consulado de Alemania (Matta 549, oficina 1108, Tel.: 23-2151).



Most banks are around the Plaza de Armas. They have the usual banking hours, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. All of the following have ATMs that accept MasterCArd, Cirrus, Visa and Plus, except where noted:

Banco Estado (Bulnes 644) — ATM: only MasterCard, Cirrus; exchanges US dollars and Euros

Banco de Chile (Matta 700)

BBVA (Mackenna and Matta)

BCI (Mackenna 801)

Santander (Mackenna 787) — ATM: also American Express; exchanges US dollars and Euros

Casas de cambio have more extensive exchange services:

Turismo Frontera (Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 3:30-7 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Ramírez 959, local 12, Galería Cuatro Vientos) — Exchanges only cash US dollars, Euros and Argentine pesos

Comercial Real (Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 3-8 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 3-7 p.m. Ramírez 1079, Tel.: 23-3483) — Exchanges US dollars, Euros, Sterling Pounds, Argentine pesos and other currencies; American Express, Visa, Thomas Cook and other travelers checks

Cambiotur (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 3-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mackenna 680, Tel.: 23-4846) — US dollars, Euro, Argentine pesos and other currencies, and American Express travelers checks; Money Gram agent.

Chilexpress is the Western Union agent (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. O´Higgins 625).



Correo Chile will be happy to post your letter (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. O’Higgins 607). Internet in Osorno averages $0.60-1 per hour; however, the cheaper ones are generally slow. A reliable one is Cyber Café del Patio, which has Skype and charges $0.80 per hour. For clients with munchies, it also sells snacks and refreshments (Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.). On Errázuriz near the bus terminal are several internet / phone providers. Centro de Llamadas has internet for $0.80 per hour and international calls from $0.20 per minute (daily 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Errázuriz 1329).



Hospital Base is the public health facility (Avenida Guillermo Bühler 1765, Tel.: 25-9200). Cruz Verde, Ahumada and other pharmacies are on Ramírez, between Calle Cochrane and the Plaza de Armas.



Lavandería Limpec is one place to go to get the duds clean before dealing with officialdom at the border. It charges $8.40 per basket (holds four to five kilos / nine to 11 pounds of clothes) and has same-day service (Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Prat 678).

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