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Anyone know of a nice moderately priced hotel, also transportation Santiago to Cruise Port
We are flying to Santiago April 22 and will be boarding a cruise ship on the 26th. We want a nice clean moderately priced hotel in a safe neighborhood for 4 nights. Also any suggestions on what to do in the area? Will also need transportation from hotel to the cruise port. Any ideas and costs?
Re: Anyone know of a nice moderately priced hotel, also transportation Santiago to Cruise Port
The cheapest way to get from Santiago to Valparaiso where you take your cruise is to take a bus. These are safe and easy to use too. There is information posted in previous forum postings if you want to look at those. I also have the details of the bus on my Santiago, Valparaiso and Viña del Mar pages.
I suggest you look for a hotel in Providencia (around Pedro de Valdivia metro for example there are quite a number of reasonable hotels and apart/hotels), There is one called La Sebasitiana which is actually in Las Condes but not far from metro Tobalaba. I have information on this place on my Santiago page also.
In Santiago I suggest you go up Cerro San Cristobal, walk around downtown to see the Plaza de Armas, Moneda Palace, Cerro Santa Lucia, Mercado Central.
Please take a look at my Santiago page for details.
Travel Tips for Santiago
When Pedro de Valvivia claimed the land we now know as Chile for Spain in 1541 he named it Nueva Extremadura after the most westerly province of his homeland - an appropriate appellation for the most westerly province of the New World. His choice of name for his new city was to honour Spain's patron saint, Santiago, Saint James the Great, one of Christ's disciples, who legend says took the gospel to the farthest western reaches of Europe and whose shrine has drawn pilgrims to the city of Santiago de Compostela for centuries. (How did Saint James turn into Santiago? James is an anglicization of Jacob, Saint Jacob became "Sant Yago" - just a small aside)
Over the centuries, the city has suffered disasters both natural and man-made. Within six months of its founding it was destroyed by warring Indians determined to drive the Spanish from their lands. It was to grow very slowly and it wasn't until 1818 that it was finally declared the capital. Today, it is the 5th biggest city in South America, and one of the continent's economic powerhouses. Very few buildings remain to remind us of the city's beginnings - time, earthquakes, fires have seen to that. The Church of San Francisco, a couple of houses are about the sum of it. Even the old name has gone - today the city is known as Santiago de Chile.
With my visit to Chile I was...
With my visit to Chile I was going to a visit a friend. And she did with some other (girl)friends to show me the city. I was staying there at her place and that was great!
For me it was great that I already was knowing there somebody. I think that that is the best way to see the city by localpeople. And I am not speaking Spanish and that is something that is mostly neccecary to stay in Chile.
The best way to find local people is on the internet!
From Mendoza to Santiago
The highway between Mendoza (Argentina) and Santiago (Chile) goes through the Andes. The landscape there is just awesome; you even can see the magnificent Mount Aconcagua.
La carretera entre Mendoza (Argentina) y Santiago (Chile) atraviesa los Andes. el paisaje es impresionante; incluso se puede ver el magnífico Aconcagua:
More food at the International Airport
As 8 hours of time in between connecting flights is long, there was more need for food then just the Wrap Caliente I had in Gatsby - Buffet and Cafe.
So on the way to the boarding gate I passed the Cafeteria Tamarugo. And the pizzas really smelled good.
So I followed my nose and entered this Cafeteria.
I ordered a square formed pizza, which really tested delicious and it was rich and stomach filling Pizza Butecrac with Cheese and Spicy meat (with a can of Coca Cola)
Price : 5390 pesos
(1 dollar = 500 pesos)
(1 euro = 772 pesos)
For some reason, I am a fan of funiculars. Taking the funicular to the top of Cerro san Cristobal was a great treat for me. The trip was very inexpensive, comfortable, and offers a stop at the local zoo, which I did not visit.
The views from the top are incredible. Make yourself comfortable, enjoy a treat from a local vendor, and watch all the bicyclists huff and puff their way to the top. Visit the statue of Mary, at the top, and pay your respects before taking a trip back down on the funicular.
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