Top Travel Tips for Visiting Santiago

After almost a year living in Santiago, I am about to fly back home to England. I have loved my time here, of course, but there are several things that I learned during my stay that I wish I had found out sooner. I have compiled the most important of these things to make this list of the top travel tips you must know before visiting or moving to Santiago.

Trust me, you will want to read on, as these tips could come in handy and maybe even save your life!

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The Best Markets to Buy Your Souvenirs in Santiago

Colourful, lively, and often emblematic of the city they are in, visiting markets is usually an activity on any tourist’s bucket list when visiting a new city.

Santiago is, of course, no exception. Dotted around the city are pockets of vibrant colours, enticing smells and the lively activity of vendors pushing their wares, that make up the many exciting and varied markets of Chile’s capital.

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Chile’s Customs, Cultures & Etiquette

Arriving in any country for the first time can come with a little bit of culture shock. It always helps to quickly read up on the customs, cultures and etiquette of the country rather than accidentally finding yourself in a little bit of a pickle. Here is a guide of everything you need to know before you arrive in Chile, to avoid any unnecessary misconceptions or misunderstandings.

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Chile Airbnb: What You Need to Know Coming From Mexico

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In Mexico, if you mention Chile it is probably you handing a famous ingredient to your abuela as she whips up some pozole. Now, it is the name of your next travel destination. Here are a few things to know, where to stay, and what to expect when travelling from Mexico to Chile.

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Chile Airbnb: What You Need to Know Coming From Argentina

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Travelling between two of South America’s most visited countries can be an amazing adventure. You’ve already checked what you need to pack for Chile, so your luggage is prepared. Here are some tips for travelling between Argentina and Chile, what to expect along the way, and how to enjoy the similarities and differences of the two countries.

Routes to take. 

If you are getting to Chile from Argentina by road-which is recommended to experience the magical landscape of both countries, here are different border locations that are often safer and more efficient. The most common route is the Paso Los Libertadores, a well-maintained road between Mendoza, Argentina and Santiago, Chile. Often people take this popular road via bus, but if you want to enjoy the winding road with your pedal to the metal, all the better. If you do go for a bus ride, buy your tickets well in advance. If you want to tap into your inner Spanish explorer, you may also venture on a ten-day horseback ride via San Martin de los Andes to the Chilean Lake District. If you do not plan to cross in the mountains, southern passageways have no shortage of scenery, but expect a bumpier ride as roads are not as well maintained. Consider Paso Cardenal Antonio Samoré between Bariloche and Osorno or Paso Pino Hachado between Neuquén and Temuco. Should you like to keep it simple and fly, LATAM  airlines currently offers the best prices between Argentina and Chile. Taxis are also an option. Just be sure to set an agreed price before getting in the back seat.  Continue reading