Arriving to Santiago, Capital of Chile
When you arrived to their airport SCL you will go out the doors of the international area and you will find an annoying crowd asking you to go with them, taxi drivers (independent and from a company) sellers for mini van transfers will be all over you. Most of them will not overcharge you but if you go out of the gates of the Airport you are on your own. If you don’t have any were to stay, you are almost blank for where to go in the City and you cant afford much, I recommend you to check out Barrio Bellavista (see map), and go directly to hostel “La Chimba” or “Bellavista Hostel”, they have good quality information waiting for you.
There’s 4 ways to get to Santiago from the Airport; the first and the cheapest one is to take the bus that waits outside the airport and charges you 1.700 pesos (U$3,5) and takes you to a metro station every 20 min. The name is Turbus or Metropuerto (see the map of the airport); other option is to take a taxi, its going to take you about 20, to 30 min without traffic to go almost to anyplace, and that’s around 12.000 pesos to down town (see more rates according where you are going at the end of transportation); take a mini van transfer, for 8.000 pesos each person, and all of them in the airport are safe, and will charge you the same, but its going to take you about 1 and ½ hour to get to destination (see company in transportation tab); or the last option is Rent a Car, a day in a Peugeot 206 is about 20.000 pesos (see more options and companies at the end of the tab Transportation)
When you arrived to your hotel or your destination, if you haven’t exchange money you shoukd do it before taking your feets in the city. There are several places you can do it and they are all fair, they will not screw you over, but be careful when you save your money in your pockets, don’t do it in the streets, anywhere in the world the opportunity make the thief
Also if you want more information about what to do around and near by the city, you should go to the center of turistic info in Providencia (Av. Providencia 2359). It depends on how many days are you willing to stay in this city, but if you are feeling lonely, they can talk to you for a while and made you more sure that you have the perfect guide in your hands.
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