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I'm coming into the port in Valparaiso on the 14th of March. I need a taxi from the port to the Marriott in Santigo. How much should it cost and is it safe. Thank you
cabs, i know little about. but buses, it only takes about 1-2 hrs to arrive. If you do decide to get a cab, just to let you know, they pick up other passengers along the way. This makes your ride cheaper.
from VT memeber frankcanfly
Getting to Valparaiso from Santiago could hardly be be easier - or cheaper. Buses leave every 15 minutes from the Terminal San Borja, near the Central Station and the one and a half hour journey costs only $7. Seats are allocated, the buses are clean, very comfortable with reclining seats , seem to be properly maintained and are bang on time - we were so impressed.
There are several companies operating this route, all charge the same fare and would appear to offer the same efficient service.
Safe taxis can be caught at the ship terminal where there are help desks for tours and transport. There are shared vans as well (cost per person). These are worth it for doing a tour on the way, but with two people the cost will be about the same as a private taxi. A private taxi to the Marriott, which is the top end of Santiago, could cost anywhere from US$120 to US$160 per car.
NOTE: These taxis do not stop for other passengers! That is a colectivo and only for local transport within the Valparaíso/Viña del Mar area.
The bus option is a lot cheaper but less safe and not a good idea with more than one suitcase. There are no porters at bus stations and petty theft is common.
If you are interested you could get in contact with winetoursvalparaiso.com.
I did a trip with Michael and expat from London. firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a taxi from the ship to the bus terminus. That should not cost more than say US$3. From there you can take a bus. The busses are clean and modern. Use Turbus (Green) or Pullman (Orange) and you will be fine! Once in Santiago you can get another taxi to take you to the hotel. I guess around US$10. If you do not have a lot of luggage, you could take the metro. Simply go on the red line (Line 1) which passes the bus stations to the last station (Escuela Militar) and get a taxi from there. That should again not be more than 2 or 3 US$.
Just to note that the last station on line 1 of the metro is Los Dominicos not Escuela Militar. However, Escuela Militar is a better station for the Marriott. You would need the exit marked Los Militares where there is a small taxi rank. You may have to wait for a taxi. Do not try this option at rush hours.
Again, I do not think this is the safest option although it is a good deal cheaper than taking a private or shared transfer. Your call.
Sorry I was wrong, yes the Metro now goes to Los Dominicos. Just leave a city alone for 6 months and see what happens...
Travel Tips for Valparaíso
A Camanchaca,as it is known here,is a thick,low fog that forms in the bay and moves inland,surrounding the hills of Los Placeres,Santo Domingo,Alegre,Concepcion,Playa Ancha,Cordillera,Artilleria and,Bellavista.This same sight must have been customary to the new European colonists who began building their homes and cultures here towards the end of 19th century,from humble still houses to monumental castles and churches...
Soft,juicy Merlot and Cabarnet are what Chile is best known for in red(negro) wine,and toasty,tropically fruited Chardonnay and crips,tangy Sauvignon Blanc in whites.All sorts of other grapes varieties are popping up;Syrah,Pinot noir,Carignan,Zinfandel and others for red..Riesling,semillion,Chenin Blanc and other for whites....
This is a country on the fast track to stardom.Chile has the good fortune to possess vast vineyards,free of disease,blessed with endless sunshine due to the shadow of the Andes..
Casaplanca the most important valley..
Pls try these.. Cono Sur,Errazuriz,Vina Casablanca..Carmen(native Cabarnet Sauvignon),Montes(Syrah),Veramonte(S.Blanc),Torres(C.Sauvignon)....
Old Newspaper, one of the most important of Chile by that time, incredible building with an amazing architecture
Antiguo Periódico, uno de los mas importantes en aquella época, increíble edificio con una arquitectura asombrosa
An other unique transportation of the Jewel of the Pasific..Ascensores..I didn't try but I had same when I was in BAKU..
It is the easiest way for locals to be taken to and from their homes high up in the breath taking hillsides.
Here are the names and constraction dates of all ascensores in Valparaiso.
ESPIRITU SANTO 1911
REINA VICTORIA 1902
EL PERAL 1902
SAN AGUSTIN 1913
VILLA SECA 1907
Valparaiso has a unique landmark that no other chilean city has: the elevators.
There are a number of elevators all around the city. They were built between 1893 and 1915, and they are still used by the people of Valparaiso. It's the easiest way to climb up the hills. It's also a taste of the past, and a magnificent way to see the city.
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