School on Orbit Equivalence 2014 Conference IR2014 Anillo project: Dynamical Systems and Related Fields Dynamical Systems in Chile CMM - U. de Chile

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Workshop on Symbolic Dynamics on finitely presented Groups

December 15 - 19, 2014
CMM, Santiago de Chile, Chile

Arrival at the international airport:

If you arrive by plane, go through the immigration procedure: Fill in the small form called TOURIST CARD, provided to you on the airplane. As US, Canadian or Mexican citizen you have to pay a reciprocity fee for entering Chile, payable with credit card or cash in US-dollars (you will get a stamp in your passport allowing you re-entry without paying again as long as you use the same passport). Then stand in line and show your passport and the tourist card to the officer. You will get back a transcript of the Tourist Card which is needed when you leave the country, so keep it safe.

After passing through immigration, collect your luggage and head to the Customs and SAG controls. Your luggage will be inspected for certain goods, since it is not allowed to bring any vegetable (fresh or dried fruits and nuts, honey, wood, plants, flowers, seeds) or animal products (meat, eggs, milk products, cheese, unprocessed wool or leather) into the country. Please make sure to eat or dispose all those products before landing. (Only possible exceptions are industrially processed and air-tight sealed products which have to be shown to the officer.) You have to fill in a SWORN STATEMENT declaring that you do not bring any of those (if you do, you have to check the corresponding boxes) and you will be questioned about the content of your luggage by an SAG inspector. After the SAG inspection head for the exit.

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Transfer Airport - Hotel or CMM (Beaucheff 851, Santiago Centro):

If you need to organize a transfer from the airport to CMM or to your hotel, look for the booth of the official transport company Transvip (Airport Transfer Service) near the airport's exit. Transvip provides a shared shuttle service driving you from the airport to your destination in Santiago for around 6,500 CLP (US$ 14). Go to the counter, tell them where you are heading to and get your ticket. It is also possible to reserve a ticket a couple of days in advance, then just specify your name and reservation code (código de reserva) to get your ticket. Outside the airport entrance there will be a Transvip employee checking your ticket and putting you in the corresponding Transvip mini-van. We highly recommend this service. See

DO NOT accept the offer of an unofficial cab driver (prices are way too high and some of them are not trustworthy). If you really want a private taxi, look for the booth of Taxi Oficial or Taxi Vip - they have official drivers - and ask for their credentials and the price before you go with them. Prices should be around 15,000-25,000 CLP (US$ 30-45) depending on which part of town you are going.
Note: In Chile it is not common to tip a cab driver.

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Chile's currency is the Chilean peso (CLP). Exchange rates are roughly: 590 CLP = 1 US$; 740 CLP = 1 EURO (actual rates can be found on There are coins of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 (2 different) and 500 pesos and bills of 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000 and 20,000 pesos.
Note: Small shops are unlikely to accept 20,000 CLP bills, so always try to have enough change. Also for a taxiride it is recommended to have change, so the capdriver can not try to shortchange you.

Using your credit or debit card you can obtain CLPs from any ATM which can be found in banks, Metro stops, supermarkets and most pharmacies.

If (part of) your stay is paid by CMM or the organizers you will either receive your financial support in cash or as a cheque which has to be cashed at a bank during your stay. Bank opening hours are Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 14:00. Remember to bring your passport for identification and put your name and passport number on the back of the cheque.

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Getting around town - getting to CMM (Beaucheff 851, Santiago Centro):

To orientate yourself in a city as big as Santiago first of all you need a map. A good on-line map can be found at or you can just use the less accurate Google maps. Click for an annotated map of the surroundings of CMM (including subway connections and some nearby lunch options).

Public transport in Santiago is very good; the grid of subway and buses called Transantiago is dense and frequencies during day-time are high.

  • Metro (subway):

    The easiest and fastest way to travel in Santiago is by Metro which runs Monday to Saturday between 6:30 and 23:00, on Sundays and public holidays from 8:00 to 22:30. Rush hour is from 7:00 to 9:00 and from 18:00 to 20:00 and Metro really gets crowded during these periods. There are 4 lines (red=1, yellow=2, green=5 and blue=4) that connect basically all important parts of town. Trains run every 2-3 minutes during the day and every 3-5 minutes at secondary times.

    Metro stops closest to CMM are TOESCA (yellow line, 6 blocks to the north-east) and REPUBLICA (red line, 8 blocks to the north). A global map of the subway can be found here and by clicking on the metro stations, you will see a map of the surrounding area.

    Assuming you are staying at a hotel/apartment in Providencia you will probably take the red line (line 1) from Metro stops SALVADOR, LOS LEONES or TOBALABA in direction of San Pablo to go either to Metro stop REPUBLICA and walk from there or to switch to the yellow line (line 2) at Metro stop LOS HEROES to get off at TOESCA and walk again. The whole trip should be around 30-40 minutes. Look at the map for directions.

    To use Metro or buses in Santiago you must have a so called BIP card (Trajeta BIP) which can be purchased for 1,500 CLP at the central information stand in any Metro station. The cost of each trip is between 620 and 700 CLP depending on the time of day (more expensive during rush hour). You need to charge your BIP card with a sufficient amount before using it. This can also be done at the main stand of any Metro station or at designated machines in each station. Recommendation: Charge the card with 5,000 CLP, enough for several trips, but not too much in case you lose the card.

    To enter the Metro, place the BIP card in front of the reader next to the turnstile; the machine will beep and show a green light as well as the actual value of your card (if the card's value is too low it will show a red light and block entry, then just go and recharge your card). From this moment on you can use the Metro, including connections changing lines, until you leave the system through another turnstile at your destination.

  • Buses:

    In addition to Metro, Santiago is covered by a large bus network. Buses run a fixed route and show the corresponding line number and important stops on a front-screen display. To pick up passengers they only stop at "paradas" (bus-stops) showing the corresponding line numbers. Regulated departure/arrival times of buses do not exist, but frequency is high, so you probably have to wait no more then 10 minutes during day-time. Standing at a larger bus stop (with more than one line) it is common to wave your hand to signal the driver that you are interested in boarding his bus. Note: If you are not sure about the route, ask the bus driver.

    Get on the bus, place your BIP card near one of the readers to pay and take a seat or at least grab a handle as driving style is a little abrasive. To get off, press one of the small orange buttons and the bus will stop at the next "parada".

    The BIP card is intelligent enough to allow you to make connections to other bus lines or even to the Metro within 120 minutes without charging extra (except during rush hour, when you have to pay an additional 60 CLP for the Metro). So in principal you can take a couple of buses, then the Metro and again a couple of buses - all within two hours - paying just one trip. Note: Unfortunately you can not recharge your BIP card neither at a bus stop nor inside the bus, so remember to have enough money left on it for your bus trip.

  • Taxis:

    Taking a cab within the city is safe and not too expensive. You will see those black cars with a yellow roof picking up and delivering passengers everywhere. To take one yourself just stand next to a busy street, wait for a taxi passing by and wave your hand to stop it. Usually taxis signal availability with a red neon writing "libre" on their windscreen and they have the price written on a sticker on the windscreen as well. Standard charge is 250 CLP base fee plus an additional 130 CLP for every 200m resp. every minute. Check the price, enter the cab and tell the driver where you want to go. It is helpful if you know the route yourself, as some taxi drivers do not know all the (smaller) streets and of course this way you can check that the driver uses the shortest route. During the trip make sure the taximeter (in right upper corner of windscreen) is on and working correctly. Some taximeters count twice as fast (they jump 260 CLP at once), so if you notice this tell the driver to stop and leave. On arrival pay with small bills as most taxi drivers are short on change. Overpaying the actual price with a large bill, there also is a slight (rare) chance that you will get back false money.

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In December day-time temperatures in Santiago will be around 30 degrees Celsius, night-time temperatures between 15 and 20. Since the sun is quite strong, please remember to carry a bottle of water and for longer walks/hikes put on sunscreen and use a hat to avoid sunburn. Probability of rain in Santiago at this time of the year is very low. For more details consult:

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There are a lot of restaurants and cafés in Providencia neighborhood. Either around Av. Suecia and Av. El Bosque norte or also in Av. Seminario, Av. Manuel Montt and the Bellavista neighborhood, varying in fanciness and price from fast food to high class cuisine. Lunch time starts around 13:00, dinner time is from 19:30 until 23:00. Most restaurants are closed Sunday evenings. Consult the internet, a guide-book or ask local people for more information or specific recommendations.
Tip should be 10% of the bill. (Most restaurants state the tip explicitly on the bill, i.e. it is (will be) already included in the final price.)

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