bus Santiago to Valparaiso
bus very nice ride
here is the official site in Spanish,all is there just show up and buy the ticket, many buses per day to from
for the local bus use TMV
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Metro de Santiago de Chile
Once in the city ,and unless going outside with a bus, the metro was it along the taxi. The metro is very efficient and cheap, helps to take it for a rush visit, walking is better if possible.
There are five lines 1,2,4, 4a,and 5.
lines 1 and 5 would be the best from a visitors point of view, I think.
They go from as early as 5h35 to as late as 23h43 need to check yours for the times
tariffs are depending on the hour from 590 to 700 pesos.
you can print a map of the network here
you can go your station click FICHA DE ESTACION, and see all about it times, etc.
Easy does it,enjoy Santiago, nice memories.Related to:
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By BUS or by TAXI from Santiago to Valparaiso ?
By public bus from Santiago de Chile to Valparaiso ?
This is a standart-question in the Chile-forum and this is the answer:
According to my guidebook there is an efficient and fast public bus-service from Valparaiso to Santiago de Chile and vice versa. the ride takes just about 90 minutes and the buses are quite comfortable as well. 6 $ / 5 euros is the fare for one way. The buses are leaving in Santiago next to the subway-station Universidad and in Valparaiso they are ending next to the Parliament-building and it would be the best to take a taxi for the remaining 800 meters or so to the cruiseship.
Yes, you can walk as well, but have to get across several roads with heavy trafic and (hopefully) a taxidriver will know where to take you, while for ordinary tourists the place to enter the ships in Valparaiso is not always really clear, because the place to enter the ships is about 3km from the ships-port !!!
Compared with the transportation by private taxi (126 euros one way), the buses are really cheap !
I had such a taxi booked in advance by my travel-agent and there was a driver only speaking spanish and a seperate tourguide, speaking excellent german, explaining a bit of the landscape, BUT somehow I would have prefered to have an ordinary taxi.
That was the only offer that was made by the tour-agency in Germany that had organized my cruise from Valparaiso and I accepted it in order to be on the safe side and spare some time to get to the cruise without a lot of hassle and stress.
Driving-time is 1,5 hours, almost all of the way you will drive on the highway and the best is that they will take you directely from your hotel to the cruise-port, make sure your luggage is taken over by the right people etc---
I asked about other possibilities of such a transfer and also at the hotel-reception of Hotel Majestic in Santiago the price of 126 euros would have been the same for a taxi ordered the night before my departure.Related to:
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Flying to Ushuaia
There is a small airport in Ushuaia and you will find it at the opposite side of the bay, when you arrive by cruiseship. In principal the airport is in walking-distance from the town, maybe 25 minutes to walk or 3 minutes by taxi. When you enlarge my main picture, that I took from the place where our cruiseship was docked you will see the halls of the airport and even a small airplane across the bay.
Something you should know about this airport:
most shops, rental-offices etc. will open their counters only at a time around the arrival or departure of a large airplane, so be prepared to find the airport almost empty between such flights!
Ushuaia is also a great place for a local flight on a sunny day, use the link below for reservations and infos about flying-excursions in the area of Beagle-Channel, Cape Horn etc.
This web-page seems to have an english-version as well, but at the moment it is not in function !
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"The train at the end of the world"
Argentina > Ushuaia:
Take a ride in the former prison-train !
This train is also the southern-most train in the whole world. It was constructed between 1902 and 1909 as a train used by the prisoners to transport the wood of the felled trees to the town of Ushuaia. The bigest part of the rail-track of the prisoner-train does not exist any more, just a small museum-train uses a part of the original track of the former prisoner-train, and it uses locomotives and also wagons that were never used by the prisoners. The locomotive on my main picture was built in 1938 in Germany.
You will find this museum-train in a distance of about 10 km from Ushuaia and you will go through a part of the National Park, you will pass by the "cemetery of the trees" and go to Macarena Waterfalls, where a short stop of 10-15 minutes will give you enough time to step up to the waterfalls.
In case that you are interested to see the original train that was used by the prisoners, see my last picture here or take a look at the original train in the museum-prison in Ushuaia. That train used to go to the woods, where the prisoners had to fell the trees for the heating of Ushuaia's population. This narrow-gauge train with a track of just 60 cm width was at that time going from the prison to the port and finally through the village to that part of the track, that is used still for the museum-train nowadays.
You will be able to see this train close to the maritime-museum in a part, where you dont have to pay an entrance-fee and dont have to obey the opening-times of the museum.Related to:
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how to book cheap flights
i'm not sure if it makes a difference where you are when you book the flight. the important part is timing. it seems that if you book a flight a few months in advance, you could get a good deal, then they start to get more expensive as the time approaches, then two weeks from the flight date, prices drop because they want to fill the flight.
a couple of good tips:
have flexible dates
fly on tues. and thurs. (i have had better bargains this way)
use priceline to name your own price if your dates are flexible
orbibtz, expedia, hotwire and kayak are my favorite travel engines for deals.
Cross Mexico and South America by Bus?
Darien is more a gap than an isthmus. It may be an ecological (and malarial) marvel, or an excellent hideout for renegades, but not made for travel. Better to fly to Cartagena and spend some days there.
You propose an ambitious itinerary. Few ever traverse the entire Mexico to Antarctica route by land. Any linear route requires omitting something, and some (such as Darien) are devoid of any direct land connection. For instance, were to go by land from California to, say, Boston, what you see would vary greatly, depending on whether the route were by north, middle, or south. Is it better to skip Minneapolis or Dallas? Do you prefer mountains or Nashville? Monticello or McDonalds? Casinos or churches? Etc.
Three months seems like generous time, and is more than most would have to spare, but too little time if a great share gets spent on buses or transient road stops. The bus stations are not always in safe or attractive areas of towns. Rest facilities have improved in some places, but many remain appalling. The passengers on some "express deluxe" buses may prefer to draw the curtains so they can see soaps "a todo volumen" on the on-board big TV. Night travel might spare superfluous stays in grungy hostals, provided the drivers' road antics don't keep you dizzy or terrified you'll careen off a cliff or hit some animal, wagon, or pedestrian in the dark. Fatal bus accidents are tragically frequent. Fear of pre-trial detention and lawsuits prompt drivers to abandon the scene of even minor accidents.
How you chose to cover the continents is your busines, but you may eventually chose to hop over some stretches by air to have more time at particular cities. Some destinations have attractions or charms, but the fatigue and carbon footprint the travel entails is no mere abstraction. For instance, a small church in Tonanzintla, Puebla, Mexico has an astounding interior, but the town is not on any main route and would take a whole day to reach by local buses. There is an extraordinary festival in Paucartambo, Peru in mid July, but the town is at the far end of an unpaved road, its few bad hostals will be crammed with visitors, and the surplus will be sleeping and "answering nature" in the streets. Some archaeological ruins are precious in situ, but do you really want to spend many days to reach each (already scavenged or looted) or see the best pickings on central display in the national museum? Another problem is that scheduled flights seldom allow you to hop to adjacent cities, since few local travelers want that service. Usually, the capital is the hub, the other cities are the spokes, and the connections between countries are hub to hub, or Miami may be the cheapest hub, or maybe you won't be granted a visa without proof of return ticket and a fee. Confirm this last point with the respective consulates before you go.
ATM cards can do miraculous things, provided you've enough money in an account, but don't expect to find ATM machines in every pueblo, and have an extra or two in case you lose one or the magnetic strip goes bad. DO NOT expect small merchants to "break" or provide change for big currency notes. Some can provide no change for any purchase, so you have to use small notes and coins. Most small operators carry very little small cash, either due to fear of theft, poverty, or low turnover.
I know of no single "gold ticket" or "gringo pass" that would allow you to hop on a bus or plane any or every place along the way. All bus lines are local. Some have websites, but you'd not want to reserve far in advance, and delays or changes can occur wtihout notice (huaycos, huelgas, motines). The Andean area is famous for use of road barricades to bring national attention to every local frakus. Bus fares tend to be economical. But make sure you have plenty of surplus funds to cover full (or even premium) air fare in case events upset your plans. In January, floods washed out train tracks near Cuzco, forcing some people to charter helicopters to return from Machu Picchu, which had become a tourist trap quite literally, as well as an iconic must-see.
As stated, I suggest you skip Darien. Also avoid the Colombia-Ecuador border. Make sure to visit the three largest or most historic cities in any country you visit. You'll see enough of the Atacama by air, or side trips, without having to traverse from Arica to southern Chile. Land travel from Bolivia to Chile is not easy. Santa Cruz is not on good terms with La Paz, either. Pick whatever loop or zig-zag works to get from north to south, but don't miss southern Chile or the Buenos Aires area of Argentina. Patagonis is not easy to insert in the route, unless you venture there on a side trip. Reserve at least two weeks for Brazil. You'll maybe wish you'd spent the entire three months covering that country alone. Save Central America for another occasion.
Most people in most countries are honest, pleasant, and law-abiding. But thieves, hucksters, con-men, and scam artists also ply the streets in search of naive visitors to deploy their assaults or come-ons.Related to:
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driving in brazil
yeah i agree with every poster. ultimately, it's very unsafe to drive in most parts of brazil. i drove in florianopolis for one day and only needed a driver's license and paid no premiums ($25 for the day) but this is a resort island and if i got lost, or broke down, i wouldn't have many problems. i agree that it's best to know portuguese and stay off rural roads, especially at night if you HAVE to drive. while i don't see why you would need to, i can see why you would want to.
BUS PASS TO TRAVEL AROUND SOUTH AMERICA
hello! the best way to travel by bus trought SOUTH AMERICA is buying the SOUTHPASS
South Pass was launched into the Argentine tourist industry and transportation market to offer tourists an accessible way to travel nationwide and reach the most captivating and exciting destinations in Argentina and border countries.
Who can buy it?
South Pass is exclusively available for foreigners or Argentinean residents living in other countries.
When purchasing South Pass, the traveler will be able to explore the beauty of Argentine landscape, and reach the most exciting cities in Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Chile.
South Pass does not have kilometer-limit. When purchasing the product, customers can travel limitlessly at any desired time, subject to seat availability on the selected departure date.
Purchase South Pass, make your reservation and travel to different destinations. Our operators will inform you of the location for ticket pickup. Reservations must be made in advance before traveling to a new destination. South Pass does not entitle passengers to travel. To travel to a new destination, passengers must pick up the ticket at the proper location.
The itineraries are subject to the routes covered by Grupo Plaza. The pass is valid for a period of 180 days, from the purchase date.
Fares vary according to the number of days purchased by the passenger. This period ranges from 10 to 90 days. South Pass categories include: Youth Pass, Adult Pass, Senior Pass and Family Pass.
THE WEB PAGE IS WWW.ARGENTINABYBUS.COM There you will found all the informationRelated to:
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Asia to South America
The best way to get to BA from KL is Malaysian Airlines and having flown them a couple of times on this route I would highly recommend them. you may be able to get a good one way ticket with them from Oz to BA with a stop over in KL and even perhaps in CPT.
if you want freedom of travel, it is better not to book tickets before hand. You can enter BA and then decide where you wish to go. airfares within south america are not cheap but you may be able to make use of the south america pass or Lan pass which allows you to travel within south america.
with the arrival of etickets they are not insisting on return tickets especially if you are holding AUS passport (some rare exceptions in the Americas)
Within asia if you are flying into KL, it is better to fly Malaysian since they have now introduced very attractive fares to various destinations in Asia. this sounds like an ad for MH, but I have flown them to Yangon, Singapour, Siem Reap, Pnom Penh, Hanoi, Saigon and Melbourne as well Bangalore and Cennai and without any complants. They also serve a decent meal!
To my knowlege the only direct flights to BA from CPT are with Malaysian. South African if I am not mistaken flies into Brasil.
Lima, Peru to Caracas, Venezuela by bus
Some guests at my place once came in from Peru by bus. They used a Peruvian bus company that has some incredible bus routes, including one from Lima to Caracas direct. They are www.grupo-ormeno.com.pe . It must be cheaper than air, and waaaayyyy more scenic.Related to:
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Getting around by bus in South America
Buses in South America are a cheap way of getting around and know well the continent , but be aware of the big distances; so the best is to plan some interesting stops on your way.
Some distances with direct bus from Rio de Janeiro:
Assuncao ( Paraguay ) - 1519 kms
Belem ( Brazilian Amazonia ) - 3251 kms ( I've made this trip several times)
Bolivia/Brasil border - 27 hours in bus
Brasilia ( Brasil capital ) - 1180 kms
Buenos Aires ( Argentina) - 2870 kms
Florianopolis ( Brasil ) - 1142 kms
Fortaleza ( Brasil ) - 2704 kms
Foz do Iguacu ( Brasil,Argentina and Paraguay frontier) - 1345 kms
Ouro Preto ( Brasil ) - 460 kms
Salvador ( Brasil ) - 1700 kms
Santiago ( Chile ) - 5280 kms
Sao Paulo ( Brasil ) - 412 kms
In the web site below you'll find links to many bus companies inside Brasil and from Brasil ( Rio or Sao Paulo ) to Argentina, Uruguai, Chile or Paraguay; to Bolivia you have to go to Corumba and cross the border.
This site is from a company which manages bus terminals in Rio, São Paulo and other brazilian cities ( you'll see which in cidade de origem )
Portuguese bus glossary :
Consulta de horarios = Schedule search
Consulta de viagens = Trip search
Cidade origem = Origin city
Cidade destino = Destin city
UF = brazilian state or south america country
( MG for Minas Gerais
RA for Argentina for example )
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Bus is fine!
Ok, I admit the photo is rather far-fetched: there are better ways to move around Southern Chile than a cargo ship! I know, I know..but @ least once in our life, you oughta experience the Pacific's waves denying your sleep! What a dark cold southern night..
Anyway, here's the tip: from Bolivia to Brazil, from Argentina to Chile, there are buses everywhere; major national lines, small regional lines, buses with beds, buses with comfortable seats, buses with wooden seats..you name it.
Every major (ca.50.000 people) town has daily connections to other major towns, 10,20,30 even 40-hour rides. They are safe, mostly - if they're covering large distances - quite comfortable and - surprise!! - usually on time.
Did I say on time?
Well..they LEAVE on time!
The Cross of the Lakes - Argentina and Chile
The most scenic way to go from Argentina to Chile and cross the Andes is to make the cross of the lakes; you can make the cross from Bariloche ( Argentina ) to Puerto Montt ( Chile ) or from Puerto Montt to Bariloche; I did the cross from Bariloche to Puerto Montt; you can sleep on the way in 3 places : Puerto Frias , Peulla or Petrohue ( I stayed in Petrohue near the Osorno volcan ). you cross 3 lakes ( Nahuel Huapi ( photo ), Frias and Todos os Santos ) in ships and make other parts of the trip by bus . The trip is inside national parks in the Andes and the natural beauty is hard to believe.Related to:
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to get there
the easy way, definitly by Plane and its the most populare choice and saves time too. around, you could chooose from coaches, train and why not......hiking. the Inca trail comes to mind. for the adventurous, getting around..horseback riding in Argentina, Paraguay, Brasil would enhance your travels.Related to:
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