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Región Metropolitana de Santiago Travel Answers

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 04, 2012
Travel Plan Suggestions  (2 Answers)

I am flying into Santiago and land at 11pm on Saturday night. I fly out from Lima at 7am on Saturday two weeks later. I was wondering if people had suggestions about how I should go about my itinerary? Here is a list of things I want to do:

Must do:
-Climb Machu Picchu
-Party in Santiago
-At least one good hike outside of Machu Picchu
-Eat Great Food and drink local beer/wine

Want to do:
-See Patagonia, if only for a day
-Waterfalls if there are any good ones
-Other suggestions

We are on a budget, but not too much around1000 for whole trip (including porters/fees for climb). Please tell me if this is realistic? I've looked up hostels and it looks like that will run about15/day. And I'm assuming20/day for food and drink is sufficient? That leaves up to35 for travel (flights, trains, buses) and side stuff (climb, souvenirs). If anyone could shed some light it would be so much appreciated. As it stands, it is me and a good friend from college going, 2 24 year old males. We would like to make sure 2-3 nights we get decent sleep, but can trek through and deal with it being a fast-paced trip. Also if any trains/buses are longer than 6 hours (unless it is a comfortable overnight bus/train), we would rather just fly and will up our budget.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 22, 2009
Need furnished apartment in Santiago  (1 Answer)

We are arriving in Santiago from Australia on Thur 26th Feb & would like to rent a furnished apartment for approx 3 weeks. Can anybody recommend a 2-bedroom apartment, close to the city centre & close to a metro station. We are not after 5-star, just a clean unit with mod cons.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 16, 2009
Renting a room / apartment in Santiago ...  (4 Answers)

I'm thinking about taking a one year and a half course in Santiago...
I would like to know what the average for renting a room or a small apartment is. Nothing too fancy, nothing too crappy. Something normal, in a normal neighborhood.
Does anybody know a website where I could search for posible places?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 13, 2009
Travelling from Santiago to Puerto Montt/Puerto Varas  (3 Answers)

Good evening VTists,

I have a question that I'm hoping someone who is knowledgeable in Chilean bus logistics can answer. I'd be happy to send some good vibes back in return.

My girlfriend and I are getting into Santiago by plane from Easter Island at 8:30PM and we would like to take an overnight bus to Puerto Montt right away if it is possible. Through the TurBus site I see a couple different possibilities but I'm confused about their departure points:
Stgo.Vitacura, Stgo.Sazie, Stgo.Borja O.59, Stgo.T.Alameda, Stgo.Tnal.Sur105-106
Does anyone know which one is closest to the airport? Or should I say-- if my flight arrives ontime does it sound reasonable to be able to get from the Arturo Merino Benitez Airport to Stgo.Borja O.59 bus departure point by 10:15PM?

Also, does anyone know the differences between the classes? I'm seeing CLASICO, SEMI CAMA, SALON CAMA, PREMIUM. I personally don't care about the class type but I'm sure my girlfriend would prefer a bed.

Sorry to ask so many questions. It would be easier if the Turbus website was a little more informative.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 16, 2007
distance between the airport and the city  (4 Answers)

Hi I wonder how long the distance is between the international airport in to the city by it safe? Whats the price rate from the airport to the city. regards/Micke

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 03, 2007
Friends in Santiago  (4 Answers)

Hi there
I'm looking for friends in Santiago
I'll be there in November on the 23th and 24th
hope to meet some VTs there ..

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 16, 2007
South America, Two Months, No Plans, PLEASE HELP!!  (1 Answer)

Im a 19 year old from Texas flying into Santiago on September 26th.. after that i have no plans. PLEASE give me any advice that you have to offer... where to go, what hostels to stay in, how to get from Santiago to Cusco, Argentina, Easter Island... anything at all would be helpful.. i have just realized that i am ridiculously unprepared... PLEASE offer any insight that you might have.

-thank you.

samuel h.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 13, 2007
Ancestry of my family !!  (3 Answers)

Hi I know this is a Travel forum,but wondered if anyone who lives in Santiago and speaks English, might be able to point me in the right direction as my Farther was born and lived in/or in the surrounding areas of Santiago.
I never knew him as he died when I was a infant in the late sixties.
I know he moved to the UK in the 1930s/40s possibly fought in the Spanish civil war, and thats about it.
Thanks in advance for any help.
Phil Martin
North Yorkshire

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 30, 2007
Accomondation in city centre  (2 Answers)

We are 3 people traveling to Santiago on 19 Sept for 2 nights before head to Easter Island, is there any hostel/pension with private room under US$80 per night for 3 people ? please recommend (i read the travel guide but they are too expensive for us)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 12, 2007
santiago airport to mendoza  (1 Answer)

i need info on how to make it to mendoza by bus. i will be arriving at 12pm at santiago airport and hope to leave on the same day for mendoza.
has anyone further information? hard to find timetable for that route as companies seem to advertise only for their own country. any help highly appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 06, 2006
Jan 26th in Valparaiso and Santiago. Suggestions please???  (1 Answer)

We will be in Valparaiso - Santiago for one day. I know, I know. Not much but we have to take what we can get.

We are cruising into Valparaiso on the Queen Mary 2 on Jan 26th . We will be in port from from about 7am until 7 pm and are looking for suggestions on how best to spend the day.

We are looking for someone to pick us up and show us Valpariso and Santiago. A more real vist and not only the usual tour groups tour sites. The kind of tour we would give to someone coming to San Francisco. Places to eat, walk, sit and watch, etc. We could pay for a car and driver, tour guide, civilian or whatever.... (we are in our 50's very active and well traveled)

Any suggestions would be welcome.

shirley and dean
San Francisco California

(we would love reciprocate if you ever come to San Francisco....)

email.... [email]

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 19, 2006
Bus companies, time schedule and availability of seats to Mendoza  (3 Answers)

Hi there,

I have checked the answers in Santiago forum back to 2004, but except one answer did not find a satisfying result.

1) which bus companies go from Santiago westward into Argentina to or via Mendoza ? I know it is Turbus, Andesmar and CATA.
Any others ?

2) do you know of websites to look up the itineries ?
I found the Turbus website here on VT (, but no other websites. Unfortunately, Andesmar does not list their schedules to towns outside of Argentina.

3) most important: is it necessary to make seat reservations for January 23, next year ? Or would they still have tickets available if I turn up, say 3 hours before I want to get on a bus ?

thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 24, 2006
transportation  (5 Answers)

I have some Chile tickets. I suspect they came from Santiago, but I'm not absolutely sure. Can anyone identify them visually? It is difficult for me because I do not know Spanish and Chilean ticket 'construction'. Most of them seem to be absolutely identical (numbers above and below, inscription of type - Escolar or "no drugs").
If anyone can help and if it NOT agains the forum rules, I may upload the scans.
Thanks for your help

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 19, 2005
Visit Chile Lan Airpass?  (2 Answers)

I have read about the Visit Chile Airpass, but can't find any info about it on Lan's website. Does the program still exists? I called LAN, and the CSR didn't have a clue? Anyone?????

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 06, 2005
Church near Plaza Brasil  (1 Answer)

Near the Plaza Brasil in Santiago there is a large (takes up the whole block), pink church with two towers. In the middle of the towers is a black iron cross and a little below the cross there is a dove. There is a gate in front of the church that is usually locked. Does anyone know the name of this church? I was there a few weeks ago and can't find the name anywhere in my notes :(



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 16, 2005
Santiago Coach Station to the Airport  (1 Answer)

We may be arriving into Santiago by TurBus at 6:15am. Our flight from Santiago - Easter Island departs at 9:30am. Do we have enough time to get from the Coach station to the airport? We'll probably need to be at the airport 2hrs prior, so around 7:30am leaving us with around an hour to get to the airport. How do we get there from the coach station?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 29, 2005
Rapido train service from Santiago to Puerto Montt


Does anyone know anything about the 'Rapido' train service that goes from Santiago to Puerto Montt?

I am currently living here in Santiago with my boyfriend and will be for the next 8 months. My parents are coming to visit and would like to travel on this train journey they have read about. I am trying to find out more information for them for example prices etc.

If anyone has any knowledge about this it would be a wonderful help.

Thanks so much!!

>^_^ Sharon

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 09, 2005
1 or 2 days there  (1 Answer)

I'll leave NY for Santiago on July 31st.

I'll leave Chile for NY on Aug 8th.

Most of the time I'll be skiing.

I'll have 1 or 2 days in Santiago...

Where what how?

I like museums; and local markets...

Any tips?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 17, 2005
hostels?  (2 Answers)

can anyone recoment a good hostel to meet ppl in santiago? currently staying at the HI hostel and its rubbish!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 20, 2005
Safety in Santiago with laptops  (1 Answer)

Hi, Is it silly to bring my laptop to Santiago, in terms of crime and accessibility to wireless internet places? Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 14, 2004
transportation to and in Santiago  (3 Answers)

Hi! I want to travel from Tucuman, Argentina to Santiago by public transportation. What's the best/fastest/cheapest way of doing so? Also, I know that Santiago has a pretty good public transportation system, but how connected to this is the airport? Thanks for any help I can get!!! //Lotta

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 10, 2004
Tips in the hotel  (1 Answer)

How much tip should I leave every day? Or do i need to gave tips in the hotel?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 19, 2004
Renting an Apartment in Vina del Mar Chile  (3 Answers)

I want to rent an apt. in Vi~na del Mar starting Dec 15 going through Feb 28.....................any leads? I could pay up to700 a month. I'd like the apt to be sort of near the beac although not necessary right in front and I need to be walking distnace to food shopping since I will not have a car. Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 08, 2004
from vina del mar to santiago  (1 Answer)

hello, i´m currently in vina del mar volunteerting at a jardin. i´ve visited santiago twice and have fallen in love (especially bella vista). i´m visiting from the estados without a work visa but am interested in finding some sort of temporary internship or volunteer work (through february 2002) in santiago that wouldn´t require me to have one. if i find something, i want to switch over. immediately. i´m interested mainly in radio, music, and respectively, child care. if you have any information to offer, i would greatly appreciate it! much thanks, i_want_ade

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 25, 2004
Diego de Almagro Hotel -Santiago City  (2 Answers)

Has anyone stayed at this hotel. ? Avda Bernardo O`Higgins 1485 Santiago Downtown Santiago I would love some first hand information on it. ...thanks...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 21, 2004
Santiago Hotels ????  (5 Answers)

Hello, I have got to book my hotel in Santiago this week, i have been looking for ages now. But there are sooooo many to choose from. !! Does anyone have any remarks about NH Cuiaded Santiago or Diego De Alemero ?? I have found these for about60 per night. . Any other recomedations?? Also how far is the airport from the City. We arrive in 1 months time i can hardly wait.... Any locals that can suggest 'must see's'??? Hope you are all having a lovely weekend. Peace ..Charlotte

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 16, 2004
Looking for an apartment

I would like to find an apartment in Santiago, I want to live around the Tobalaba or the El Golf stop on the Metro. If any one is living around there and wants a room mate Please contact me. I am honest and orderly. I just graduated college and will be living and working in STGO for a few years. Cel (in stgo): 09-085-7138 Email: [email]

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 21, 2004
Need a travel agent  (2 Answers)

I need a travel agent to book a bus ticket for Santiago to Mendoza Ar. and Then send it to me. Does any one know a good travel agent in Chile? Thanks Cedric

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 24, 2004
Renting accomodation in Santiago  (2 Answers)

Hi all, I'll be arriving in Santiago in Mid-March to live and work there for 4 months, and I was hoping someone may be able to give me a little advice on renting somewhere to live while I'm there. I'm 23, so sharing a flat with students or young professionals would be ideal. Is there a particular newspaper that has good listings? Or should I have a look at the noticeboard in the local university? Any ideas would be much appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 22, 2004
Dentists in Santiago

Hey all! I'm headed to Santiago, Chile, next Wednesday, and wonder if anyone can recommend a good dentist. US dental care is way too expensive for me, and last year I got a great deal on a crown in Guatemala! I'm looking to get a general check-up, and think I might have a cracked filling. Anyone have any tips?

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