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“Very clean, friendly to tourists, beautiful scenery...mtns, vineyards, beaches”
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Atlanta, Ga.
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
18 helpful votes
“Very clean, friendly to tourists, beautiful scenery...mtns, vineyards, beaches”
Reviewed December 6, 2009

Santiago is a city that is close to many diverse activities from the Andes mountains, to the beaches less than 2 hours away to white water rafting and kayaking in the (very cold) Maipo river shooting rapids while surrounded by the Andes Mountains and home to many wonderful vineyards. A very special place to go to in the Maipo Valley is Lodge Andino (see my review on that). Don't forget to visit Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar and surrounding area. The food is great no matter where you go, from Empanadas (including shrimp filled) to the (minimum) 4 course dinners which are plentiful. Wines are great, fruits delicious and the hospitality is terrific. Chile is a tourist friendly country, unlike some others, especially in Europe. Be ready to slow down and take your time no matter what you are doing. No one is in a hurry in this lovely country. Make sure you know the important phrases and if you do not know spanish, begin with "no habla espanol, habla _____"<-fill in the blank out of courtesy to the Chileans, This small courtesy will get you very far instead of just saying Habla _____<---your language. The public transportation system is great and if you are staying beyond a couple days, buy a transportation card which gives you access to the very clean subways and buses.

I will definitely go back there and include another much longer stay at Lodge Andino and more time at the beach as well.

4 Thank knees999
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Alamo, California
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 helpful votes
“Santiago nice place to visit”
Reviewed October 23, 2009

We found the city to be beautiful and full of beautiful architecture, the scenic hills (San Cristobal and Santa Lucia) where both worth the time and effort and commanded fabulous views of the city. We spend two days in Santiago and found that to be ample time to visit all the most important places. Metro was modern and efficient. Taxis where available and cheap.

2 Thank Netosf
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1 review
1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 8, 2009

This is a beautiful city, I recommend to visit it once on spring (september-october).

1 Thank DanSe10
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1 review
2 helpful votes
“Day trips in Santiago Chile”
Reviewed August 28, 2009

My husband and I have just returned from a fabulous holiday in Santiago, Aug time, (best for skiing).. We initially stayed in the Best Western Majestic in the centre, but only stayed 2 nights as the accomodation was old and very dirty, we didnt feel comfortable at all.. Luckily we came across this really really nice local Chilean guy who was able to quickly get us great hotel accomodation in a hotel called Galarias, we were so glad we met him as his English was perfect and was a genuine guy. We noticed that there isnt many english speaking locals around in Santiago, so it would be worth investing in a Spanish dictionary.
We hired Fernando for the entire time we were in Chile, we had private tours of Vina Del Mar, Valpaisio, and went skiing twice. I would highly recommend him his email is [--]
Skiing trip was $40 US each (just to hire Fernando) well worth it as the trip up the mountain can be quite scary so having someone that knows the mountain very well helps..
I think we paid about $80US each for the Vina Del Mar and Valparisio trip...
One downfall for me on this trip was the food, I had great expectations for the Chilean cuisine, but unfortunatley all that is served in Chile is fried everything, pasta,pizza,chips burgers.. we found it hard to find any Thai/Chinese restuarants. We did manage to find a lovely tapas restaurant though called Tapas y Copas, this was in Bellavista, another place i would recommend for the younger travellers..
I can be contacted if you require any other additional information on our experience in Chile..

2 Thank evelinoh
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1 review
1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 3, 2009

When i went to chile over a year ago, i went to night clubs such as "Excalibur", "Punta Juares" and "Costarena", which i highly recommend. They have a wide range of music and the clubs are huge. You must go by car though or get a taxi. They are located on the main highway, which is quite safe as you have to drive there but they're not far from the main city.

1 Thank amorseptiembre
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