We are leaving SFO Dec 30 and (hopefully) arriving Santiago the morning of the 31st. We've got multiple stops as we're using mileage, so plenty of chances for mis-connections. We will be staying 3 nights at the Regal Pacific Hotel before we transfer to the Mandarin Oriental for one night.

I will be looking into some winery trips if anyone else (beside Cindy and David) is interested. We may do a food tour as well as we arrived a day late our last trip to Santiago and missed ours.

As I own no cold weather gear (jacket ordered and boots rented) what exactly does one wear under the waterproof pants?? Jeans, long underwear, what??? Are others renting or bringing ski/trekking poles? Is there a master list anywhere of items we MUST have or at least that are highly recommended?