Santiago is the capital of Chile and holds one third of the whole country’s population. There are tons of must-see attractions, and you can get to them by metro. See the museums, parks, and the mountains. Santiago is a fantastic city.
How to Reach the Destination
You can reach Santiago by car from any country in South America.
You can reach Santiago by plane from practically any major airport in the world. When you get to the International Airport Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez in Santiago you can get to the city by taxi, van or bus. Taxis will be around 19,000 CLP from the airport to the city centre. You can take a bus with either one of these companies TurBus and Centropuerto.
If you are traveling from another city of Chile at around 150-mile journey, you can take a bus for around 5,480 CLP.
Dos and Don’ts
Skiing/Snowboarding in Santiago – Valle Nevado, Farellones and El Colorado are a few of the great ski centers in the city. Valle Nevado is one of the largest locations. It has a ski resort, three hotels, apartments, and many places to practice the skiing. Lift passes can cost around 34,000 CLP.
Do take the bus – The public transport in Chile is very efficient and much cheaper than taking a taxi. If you can’t reach your destination by walking then take the bus.
Don’t haggle – In Santiago, haggling is not common at all. If you find something overpriced, just move around and find another place to buy it. Choose places with already set prices.
Do visit the museums – There are many museums in the city, such as the National History Museum, Science and Technology Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum and the Children’s Museum. All of them are located near the Quinta Normal Park. There are also the Memory Museum (Museo de la Memoria), Museu Interativo Mirador and Casa Museu La Chascona.
Don’t trust every taxi driver – Taking a taxi in Santiago is a safe way to travel in the city but as a tourist, you must be sure that the drive isn’t overcharging you. Be cautious and see if they have license and that they turn the meter on.
Price Range for Hotels
Prices for accommodation in Santiago ranges from 6,000 CLP for hostels and from 25,000 CLP for budget hotels. Good options are The Aubrey Hotel Boutique close to the Cerro San Cristóbal and Patio Bellavista, Rado Hostel and Antigo Caeser.
Cost of meal
Santiago has a variety of great places to eat. You can find a range of restaurants, bars and markets. Food will cost around 7,500 CLP to a meal in a good restaurant. Some good food places to check out are Galindo (Recoleta), Central Market, Mulato Cocina de Mercado (Lastarria), Bocanáriz Vinobar (Lastarria), De Pablo a Violeta (Recoleta), Emporio la Rosa and shopping in the Patio Bellavista (Providencia).
Cost for commute
Transportation in Santiago is quite cheap and you can go almost everywhere in one metro line or walking. One bus ticket costs around 480 CLP.