Bolivia borders Chile in the North-Eastern region. Beyond a border, these two countries share beautiful landscapes and the natural design that beckons exploration. Coming from a smaller, land-locked country like Bolivia to the world’s longest coastline, it may be hard to know where to begin. This blog covers common routes taken to cross the border, what to expect to get into Chile, and some differences and similarities of these Latin American neighbors. Continue reading
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
Las Condes- the Manhattan of Santiago and home to Chile’s “economic elite” is an exceptional neighborhood to book your Airbnb stay while visiting Santiago. Though most of the population is dressed in business casual, this is also a great spot for families and traveling couples. Las Condes has the most amount of craft shops, great arcades and cinemas, and if you want to be extra touristy Sky Costanera is the highest observatory in South America. Continue reading
Staying in the Vitacura neighborhood of Santiago, Chile is sure to be a luxurious time well $pent. There is a lot of money in Vitacura as its the shopping center of Santiago. Louis Vuitton, Armani, and Brooks Brothers are all household names. Your Airbnb stay will allow you live a life of luxury even if only temporarily- not to mention a pretty decent exchange rate from USD to Chilean Peso.
Barrio Brasil is nested tightly in the center of Santiago. Once home to the rich and elite, then long forgotten, has since been re-discovered and given a fresh coat of paint. Santiago’s comeback kid has a strong cultural and artistic scene. Watching the neighborhood rebuild itself is part of Barrio Brasil’s charm and choosing your Airbnb stay here makes you a part of that. If you’re a fan of architecture, Barrio Brasil will have you acting like a kid in a candy shop. This neighborhood is part Spanish-style, part Haussmann-style, with the famous Basilica del Salvador a neo-gothic castle built in 1781, aside the suspected traditional Chilean housing. Phew! That’s a lot to see!
Compared to other neighborhoods in Santiago, Ñuñoa is very chill. Similarly, your Airbnb destinations in this residential neighborhood are toned down, simple, quaint, and to the point. Furthermore, the style of these Airbnb rentals are all you need-not too much, not too little. Along with being peaceful, Ñuñoa is also safe and very affordable- much of why we consider it one of the best neighborhoods in Santiago to stay in.
There is no shortage of places to stay when you choose downtown Santiago as your getaway. Airbnb is currently hosting more than 300 listings in this area. Here are a few different options to choose from along with what you can look forward to in the heart of Chile’s capital.
If you’re looking for a pad in a specific neighborhood of Santiago check out our blog on the best neighborhoods to stay in Santiago for a briefing of what each has to offer. If you aren’t too concerned with the specifics or you love it all, here are the best deals with the added value of being downtown. I believe downtown Santiago offers a little taste of each barrio.
Downtown Santiago is prime real estate for travelers and locals. Much of what is offered tends to be smaller in size because of the added value of location. This well-equipped 1 bedroom location near the subway is perfect for the solo traveler. This apartment also seems to also have a host who can be reached for accommodations to your living space- bonus! Here is another, more than reasonably priced, apartment for the lone traveler.This location received great reviews- being located next to main street puts it in high demand, so act fast.
Santiago’s historical center- Barrio Lastarria, is an endless hub of cultural activities, street performers, and touristy fun times to be had. Airbnb offers rental homes, apartments, and rooms that let you be in the middle of it all.
The hipster vibes of Lastarria can be enjoyed in this 1 bedroom cozy, colorful apartment. You will surely not forget in which of the best neighborhoods of Santiago you reside. Each wall of your home and neighborhood is an accent wall! This location is near cafes, cinemas, and cultural centers.
Shack-up amongst Santiago’s urban elites in Providencia. Airbnb allows you to live like the top 1% without breaking the bank. The following listings allow you to sleep in style and enjoy all that Barrio Providencia has to offer. Enjoy your stay in one of Santiago’s best neighborhoods.
This prime location is perfect for a business trip or sweet getaway. This 1 bedroom apartment offered by an Airbnb host lets you enjoy luxury and convenience. Not too far from your lavish stay, enjoy a glass of Carmenere at Ruca Bar after a long meeting or to wind down after a day of museum hopping.