Santiago Travel Guide

  • At the entrance to Cerro St. Lucia
    At the entrance to Cerro St. Lucia
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    Inside Mercado Central
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Santiago Things to Do

  • Cerro San Cristobal

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    If you are visiting Santiago in Chile one of the highlights has to be the Cerro San Cristobal. The hill of Cerro San Cristobal can be reached by foot, by car via the road or by riding the funicular. Once you arrive there is a final walk to the summit where you will find the with 22 meter statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an amphitheater and...

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  • Plaza de Armas

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Plaza De Armas is more than a plaza, it is the heart and soul of Santiago. The size alone of the square is impressive compared to other plazas in South America. Within the space of the plaza there are a series of sculptures, fountains, and pretty trees with purple flowers. Then there are the massive buildings flanking each side of the...

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  • Cerro Santa Lucia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The expedition to the Kingdom of Chile led by Pedro de Valdivia came to the Central Valley in December 1540. After exploring the vicinity of Mapocho river, on December 13th, 1540, the expedition settled at the foothills of a small mountain. Here the Spanish conquistador built a stronghold and a watch point to control the surroundings. The hill -...

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Santiago Restaurants

  • RUDE waiters ITS WHAT WE HAVE!

    Worst service! RUDE waiters first, the waiter told us let me see what we have, then he came back you can order everything on the menú, so I ordered a shawarma, he said no we dont have....Then when ordering a dessert I ordered a pastry, another pastry came, took a bite and it was a coconut pastry not the walnut ordered, the response from the waiter...

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  • Avoid this retsaurant

    Very nice restaurant. Clean and fairly modern standard. It is traditional in style. The service is good, but the food is unfortunately not up to standard. I had a pisco sour that was way beyond the appropriate sugar level. The tomatos and union sallad had nicle sliced onions but the tomataoes were of a texture like they had been frozen before use....

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  • Lunch at Santiago Airport

    As I needed to wait 8 hours for my connecting flight towards Easter Island, there was plenty of time to eat something at the Santiago Airport.After a long flight, (1 h from Amsterdam to Paris, and another 14 h from Paris to Santiago), I was feeling a bit tired and was not into a big dish.At the second level of the departure hall of Santiago airport...

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Santiago Nightlife

  • Santiago Nightlife

    if you are traveling by yourself or in a group is the best way to get to know a few bars in one night. The staff is super friendly and everyone speak english. I met a lot of people there not just travelers but also locals and they helped me with some good tips of the city.I recommend this tour for...

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  • Viva la Musica Chilena

    A great place to eat and drink with live traditional chilean music and folklore, ambiance of Penas and sing-along, Latin American Music and Dance.Every Friday and Saturday after 11 pm. great Live Music with Local Musicians and Groups, many styles of Music, folk, boleros, sones and cumbias, salsa and merengue, romantic guitars and andean folk music...

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  • Visit Paseo San Damian

    Is a little street where youýll find Skuba discoteque to continue ...T`quila (and Paseo San Damian in general)is an excellent place to meet with a lot of friends, celebrate birthdays, a welcome or goodbye party...There youýll find a little space for dancing, a boy singing and dancing... is fun for early night...then just move on and go to...

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Santiago Transportation

  • By Bus

    By far the most common question that appears in the Chile page in VT is how does one get from the Santiago International Airport to Valpariso and the Valpariso Cruiste Terminal. From the Arturo Merino Benitez (Santiago Airport) go downstairs to baggage claim and out the door. You will see under the building a waiting area for Centropuerto Buses....

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  • Metro

    Subway system is cheap and efficient making it a great way to get around but be very careful with your wallet/purse. Pickpockets are very quick. I was very much on guard but took my hand off my pocket for about 30 seconds on a crowded train. This was just long enough for someone to snip the wallet. Don't carry much cash, cards and don't wear...

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  • Airport

    Like is several countries Santiago decided to build there airport in the country side in the middle if nowhere !!!! As soon as you exist the customs area directly in front of it... there are shuttle bus service into the city. Taxi's usually run about $35-$40 US into the city and the shuttle bus about $8 US....most drop you off at your hotel or busy...

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Santiago Shopping

  • The Main Man in Hats

    This palce has hats or every occasion, awesome place. Just look at the pics. Any hat, Panama, Huago, Potro..........

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  • Souvenir Shopping in Los Dominicos

    The Centro Artesanal Los Dominicos is like a little souvenir shopping village. It has a nice atmosphere and is laid out nicely for tourists to wander around. There are a few restaurants so you can eat Empanadas (a local dish) and sometimes that have entertainment in the "square". You can buy silver items, jewellery, pottery, paintings, leather...

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  • Parque Arauco Mall

    Parque Arauco is one of the nicest malls in Santiago and a place I frequent. I go there for the department stores (I prefer Falabella but there is also Paris and Ripley at Parque Arauco).There are tons of shops and restaurants and also has an ice-skating rink and movie theatre there.

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Santiago Local Customs

  • Tipping

    In Chile the standard tip in a restaurant is 10% which is sometimes added onto the bill but more often than not you need to leave behind on the table. If paying by credit card you can ask to add the tip to the bill and indicate the standard 10%. Do not tip taxis.If you drive a car in Chile, in particular Santiago then there are places where you can...

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  • Stray dogs everywhere!!

    One thing we quickly realized is that there are lots of stray dogs in Santiago and those who do have an owner are rarely kept on a leash. The dogs we met did not seem dangerous at all, I would even say they're pretty well adapted to life in a bit city - we even saw one patiently wait at a crosswalk for the pedestrian light to go green before...

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  • Policemen on parade

    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...

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Santiago Warnings and Dangers

  • Tour Companies Are Unregulated

    An October, 2012 article by Karen Schwartz of the Associated Press entitled, "Pick Your Tour Operator With Care or Suffer," reminded me of an unpleasant experience in Santiago, several years ago. For the most part our Chilean tours in and around Valpariso and the wine country were great. However something happened when we got to Santiago. The...

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  • Why the reciprocity fee.....

    To be fair about the reciprocity fee paid by U.S., Canadian and some other nationalities; It's not a fee for the privilege of entering the country. It is always equal to the same fee charged by the respected country for their VISA application. It costs $131.00 USD for a Chilean national to apply for a VISA to visit the U.S. (whether they are...

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  • Food poisoning from a nice Santiago...

    Be careful of supposedly 'cooked' fish salad when it comes raw in the middle! Or, for that matter raw fish, I suppose? I recall an Indonesian I met at EZE upon arrival in S America 2 weeks earlier warning me about the raw fish they like to eat there, which gives him stomach upset, he reckons coz he's not used to the local bugs!I had the worst food...

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Santiago Tourist Traps

  • "Trans VIP" Airport Transfer Service

    I am sure that this service is probably in the most part respectable and safe for people who have pre-booked or are wanting to use an airport shuttle service however I have had an experience that was totally unacceptable and therefore feel compelled to write about it here.My mother and father had a bad experience where a tout for the transfer...

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  • Taxi Touts at the Airport

    Arriving at an International Airport can sometimes be an overwhelming experience, especially if you are tired and arriving in a country where you don't speak the language. Even though I speak Spanish I find that arriving at Santiago airport can be stressful for one major reason - that is the taxi touts. Once you depart the customs bag check area...

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  • I can't see the Andes!!

    If you've looked at those wonderful cityscapes of Santiago's high-rise buildings stretching out in front of the majestic Andes and are hoping to take a few amazing pictures yourself, you should know that you might not be able to, especially if you're traveling to Chile in the winter time. The smog in Santiago can be surprisingly thick and...

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Santiago What to Pack

  • Packing for multi climate travel in...

    In Chile the "rainy season" is winter which is June - August traditionally. There may be some showers in Santiago in other months and rainfall may occur in other parts of Chile (it is a long country so climate can vary). If travellers are going to various countries in South America and the question is more on what to pack than what is the weather...

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  • Things to bring

    Remember that if you are going to be living in Santiago, or staying for an extended period, one of your bags should be something that you can travel with for weekend-week trips. If you are going to be here during the winter months, pack with layers!! sunny days can get quite warm but the cold days are frigid. Also, rain gear, especially shoes or...

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  • Short sleeves and a jacket

    plenty available here at good prices. winter. Heavy jacket May to Sept.summer, short sleeves and a jacket.Evenings tend to cool all over the country. most things are available here if you do not want to carry a lot. plenty of film same needs as USA or Canada.

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Santiago Off The Beaten Path

  • Casa de Isla Negra of Pablo Neruda

    Pablo Neruda was a Chilean poet who won the Nobel Prize in 1971 - this name is actually just his pen name and his actual name is a longer one (see it on Wikipedia, haha). But he does have houses in Santiago, but I chose this "tour" which brought me to his favorite sea coast home he shared with his third wife Matilde. The home is beautiful and the...

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  • Los Dominicos - church and handicrafts

    It was an extra "Sunday" morning and we were wondering where we could go, using the subway of Santiago. And I remembered one of my tour guides telling me to take the RED subway and to just go at it's eastern end, Los Dominicos. (the very end of the subway). Apparently, this is a new addition to the subway system as it ended early before, only until...

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  • The Colchagua Museum

    If you happen to find yourself in the Colchagua Valley and are looking for something else to do besides wine tasting, I'd recommend stopping by the Colchagua Museum in Santa Cruz. This history museum retraces the country's steps from the pre-Columbian period to the Spanish conquest, the Colony era and the struggles that would finally lead to the...

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Santiago Sports & Outdoors

  • Underwater marvels!

    There is a lot of diving in Chile and also near Santiago on diferent spots on the cost. The water is obviously colder that nin the caribean, but there is nothing that a 7mm neoprene suit can´t fix. Lots of companies offer -for the day- or weekend trips, including hotel or the BBQs etc. Personally I have seen fish banks, see wolfs (surounded by them...

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  • Underwater marvels!

    There is a lot of diving in Chile and also near Santiago on diferent spots on the cost. The water is obviously colder that nin the caribean, but there is nothing that a 7mm neoprene suit can´t fix. Lots of companies offer -for the day- or weekend trips, including hotel or the BBQs etc. Personally I have seen fish banks, see wolfs (surounded by them...

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  • Skiing or Snowboarding near Santiago

    The best places for skiing in Chile are near Santiago - Valle Nevado, La Parva, El Colorado and a little further away - Portillo. I have not skiied in the US or Canada so can´t compare the conditions but I have never heard anyone complaining about the skiing conditions here. Each of these places has its own website:Valle Nevado La Parva El...

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Santiago Favorites

  • Cerro San Cristobal

    Located right in the middle of downtown Santiago, the Cerro Santa Lucía is a nice walk and retreat all the year round, as well as a good lookout for the city; its limits are the Alameda, and Miraflores, Ismael Valdés and Merced streets. It`s especially nice in autumn, when leaves cover the paths, and in summer, when the coolness of the lawns is...

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  • Hectour Service

    I recommend to everyone the guide services from Hector Medina. He is an experient guide who show us the nicest things from Santiago, Valparaíso and Viña del Mar and the Concha y Toro and Undurraga wineyards, also he took us to Farellones and Valle Nevado, and I can say, it was an amazing experience. We had a great time and Hector always helped us...

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  • what to do in vina and valparaiso

    there is a member who lives in vina del mar. you should check her out. just do a destination search in the top right search bar and it will show the members who live there. valparaiso has the market, the dock, the funicular elevators that take you up the hill to all those pretty colored houses. you can find the neruda house on foot with a map. it's...

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