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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. MartĂ­nez 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.

AutomĂłvil 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 BĂĽhler 1765, Tel.: 25-9200). Cruz Verde, Ahumada and other pharmacies are on RamĂ­rez, between Calle Cochrane and the Plaza de Armas.



LavanderĂ­a 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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