Don Santiago Hostel

Av. Ricardo Cumming 95, Santiago, 52252, Chile
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Ground Transportation Valparaiso to Santiago

by frair

Can anyone advise me as to the best way to get from the Valparaiso ship terminal to the Providencia area of Santiago. We are a group of 4 persons with 4 suitcases. Would the buses be able to carry luggage. We would be arriving FEB. 15 AT 0600.

Re: Ground Transportation Valparaiso to Santiago

by gfinesilver

lots of buses at least once per hour.
you'll have to take a taxi to the Terminal of Valparaiso. then catch the next bus (Turbus and other companies go) to Santiago. there will be room in the underside compartment to carry your luggage for no extra charge (unless you want to tip the guy 100 or 200 pesos who is loading the luggage).
from Santiago Terminal (i don't know for sure which one you will be left at), you can take the Metro (direccion Escuela Militar) to where you need to go in Providencia. you'll have to check a map as to which stop is the closest. otherwise take a taxi from the Terminal.

Re: Ground Transportation Valparaiso to Santiago

by Huentetu

The bus is one option, but you need to see if it suits your group.
You have to be very careful in bus stations with your belongings and the metro stations have a lot of stairs from the platforms to the ticket booth level. There is often an escalator from there to the street. Do not try to use the metro anywhere near rush hours. This would mean before 9-9:30 am in your case. A taxi from the bus station to the area of your hotel is a better idea but you might not fit everyone plus luggage in one taxi (also an issue getting from the cruise terminal to the bus station in Valparaiso). Turbus has it's own terminal in Santiago, and inside there is a booth for booking a shared shuttle van, Turtransfer. However, they charge per person and depending on where you are going. It will be about US$8 per person to Providencia.
The other option is a taxi or van from the cruise terminal to your hotel. This can be arranged at the desks in the cruise terminal.
Once you add up the costs for 4 people, you might find it better value and less stress to book something from the cruise terminal to the hotel. A lot would depend on whether you were a family group or sharing costs between 2 couples.

Re: Ground Transportation Valparaiso to Santiago

by Tabearone


Do you know how far (distance), from the cruise ship port to the bus station in Valparaiso?

Does the bus take you to Santiago airport?
or a bus terminal near airport?

Do you know the # of bus Line from bus terminal to airport?
Also how far (distance)

Thank you

Travel Tips for Santiago

Policemen on parade

by TheWanderingCamel

At 10 am every other day, Plaza de la Constitucion -the square in front of La Moneda - is filled with ranks of very smartly turned out jack-booted police as a Changing of the Presidential Guard is acted out to the sound of a brass band and a a smattering of clapping from thel crowd that gathers around the low barriers. What with the band, mounted troopers and the outgoing and incoming guard, they put on a good show. This being Chile, the odd stray dog is never far away and likely to join the marchers.

There's lots of heel-snapping and rifle slapping but despite this and the military uniforms (the afore-said jackboots, riding breeches and caps that pay more than a passing nod to 1940's German style) and the arm-swinging march, these guys are an elite branch of the Carabineros - the paramilitary police force, not the army. They're all volunteers, well-educated and highly trained who enjoy considerable respect both in Chile and throughout South America. There's more than a few women among them - officers included.

Once the ceremony is over, the barricades are removed and the inner courtyards of La Moneda is open to visitors.

Biblioteca National / The national Library

by globetrott

Biblioteca National, The National Library of Chile is to be found opposite of The church San Francisco and even when you are mostly not able to see it from inside, it is worth to take a look at it from outside, it is just a few steps from cerro Santa Lucia and the Neptun fountain.
The National Library is at Plaza Benjamin Vicuna Mackenna,
get out at Metro-station: Santa Lucia

Santiago to Vina Del Mar

by trek06

If you want to go to Vina Del Mar from Santiago you can catch the red line metro and get off at estacion Universidad de Santiago. Next to the metro estacion you will find the Terminal de Buses Alameda. From here I booked at one way ticket to Vina Del Mar. The bues are frequent, so it is not necessary to book in advance.

Fesh Sea food..................

by ezaguryk about Donde Agusto

Wow alter seeing all the fresh seafood around the market, I decide to go “Donde Agusto” very famous every one recommended….and it was very very good……it is attended by the owners, I meet the son of Agusto. He is very special and made my lunch incredible, help me on what to taste.

Wow Después de dar un paseo por el mercado y ver todos los mariscos, pescados frescos, decido ir "Donde Agusto" restaurante muy famoso todo el mundo me lo recomendaba y la verdad es por que es muy muy bueno...... es atendido por sus dueños, yo conocí al hijo de Agusto. Él es muy especial e hizo mi almuerzo increíble, me ayudo a escoger de un extenso menú y opciones. machas a la parmesan (type of sea food)
centolla (like a sea spider)
Congrio with sauce cream and sea food

Machas a la parmesana
Congrio en salsa de mariscos


by Ellemay

Whilst staying at Hotel Orly in Providencia we booked a half day tour around Santiago through About Tours. We drove through the different suburbs and saw Historical sights such as Santa Lucia Hill where the conqueror Pedro De Valdivia founded Santiago.
After that we saw The stock exchange, National Library , the court house, and former congress, the Town Square and the national Historical Museum.
We ended our tour by visiting neighbourhoods such as Vitacura,Las Condes and finally finished with El Pueblito de los Domininicos a beautiful village selling craft and art works.

Depnding on our many on tour what cost is. 2 US49
3 US40 and so on


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