Plaza de Armas Hostel

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How long does it take to go by bus from Santiago to Mendoza

by ClareyD

Can someone help - how long does it take to go by bus from Santiago to Mendoza? How much time you will need to allow for a side trip to Mendoza from Santiago?

Thanks for your help.


Re: How long does it take to go by bus from Santiago to Mendoza

by Porteno

The trip is about 7 hours depending on the time of year and amount of traffic at the border crossing. If you really love wine and/or outdoor sports (ie trekking, white water rafting etc) I would suggest at least 2 or 3 days on the ground in Mendoza. I can highly recommend a small hotel there on the main plaza which is a great bargain. The Hotel Argentino, check my travel pages for the link. Not as cheap as a hostel but can be had depending on the time of year for under $50 USD a night with breakfast. Check this link for more information on what to do and see in Mendoza,


Re: How long does it take to go by bus from Santiago to Mendoza

by TheWanderingCamel

You should book your bus a day or so in advance to be sure of getting the time you want as they do fill up. It's a fantastic trip, the scenery is spectacular. How long you spend in Mendoza depends on what you want to do when you get there. You can reasonably expect to do three wineries in a day and, unless you are a real wine buff, that's probably enough. The wineries are scattered over a wide area, you'll need to take some sort of tour or arrange a driver. Bookings are required by the wineries - you can't just turn up. A day to have a look around Mendoza itself is more than enough. After that it's up to you - do you want to go trekking, rafting or something like that?

You refer to a "side trip" - does that mean you will be catching the bus back to Santiago or are you intending to go on further in to Argentina? You might want to consider taking a tour back up into the mountains - the bus from Chile just goes straight through only stopping to let passengers get off and on, a tour with a guide will give you time to stop and look properly and tell you what you are seeing.

Travel Tips for Santiago


by camilo74

The downtown of Santiago is small, but is can be an advantage , because you can visit its principal spots walking, in the picture the City Hall , the Cathedral, and the artists , also can see the modern architecture of the city, mixed with the old Buildings


by kiwigal_1

I will probably write a page on Valparaiso at some stage but I thought that it was worth mentioning it here as it can be done as a day trip from Santiago.

To get there from Santiago you will need to go to the metro station called Universidad de Santiago and look for the signs that say "Terminal de Buses". The two bus companies that have regular services to Valparaiso (and nearby Viña del Mar) are called Tur Bus and Pullman. I travelled on Tur Bus. The tickets can be purchased in the terminal... just line up and tell them your destination. They will tell you the time for the next available bus and then allocate a seat to you. My ticket cost 5,500 Chilean Pesos for a return trip (you can either book the return at the same time or you can wait and buy it later). Buses run every 20 minutes or so.

Once you are in Valparaiso you should take some time to stroll around the place. You should go up some of the "asensores" which are elevators that either sit on the side of the hills or are inside the hills (accessed by tunnel). I have been told (information not verified yet) that the city is a UNESCO world heritage site and that there are incentives given to people to maintain the cities colourful character.

Santiago Buses

by bobmyx

The price as of August 2005 is 340 pesos (50 cents.
Be sure to ride the city bus in Santiago. There are entertainers on board at times and vendors sell all kinds of candies and snacks.
It is well worth the time and a good way to see the city.

Brand new Swiss restaurant

by J_P_B about Suizoloco

Being J_P_B´s 30th birthday the choice was something homely to eat. After seaching on the local newspapers food review site this place came up, no reviews but hell we thought we´d try it out.

On arriving, Daniel, (maybe the owner or partner) came over to chat to us and was very puzzeled how we´d come accross the place, it had only been open for 3 weeks and was not well advertised yet.

We were made very welcome and the whole meal was great, plenty of wine and coffes later we left having had a really enjoyable night. Good luck to making it a sucess Daniel. Check out the menu on the web site it´ll give you an idea of what you can get and the cost. We had the Pate (can´t find the accent on this key board!!) starter, Fondue and Chocolate cake / sorbet for desert all of which made for a tasty meal.

Cerro San Cristobal

by rodrigobrrio

It´s got a Virgin statue on the top and is a place for celebrating masses. It´s really beautiful as is the view from the city. The zoo is there and also public swimming pools and parks. It is possible to get there by a kind of elevator (funicular) or by a cable car. The price varies depending on what you´re going to visit (the top, the zoo, both, etc.).


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