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Chile: A short trip

A November 2002 trip to Santiago by Jarvey Jornada

Quote: A long Thanksgiving weekend trip to Chile features good food, great drinks, and other than the dreaded "reciprocity fee", a superb cheap getaway for two!

Chile: A short trip

Overview

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-Wine tasting at the Parque Metropolitaine -A day trip to Vina del Mar -Buying silver and lapis lazuli -The Barrio Bellevista at night -Climbing Santa Lucia for the view -Eating superbly for cheapsQuick Tips: Don't forget the miserable reciprocity fee charged at the airport upon entry to Chile: currently at /person, in cash, US currency only. You no pay, you no happy. Get your legs a hoppin' from the plane and be first in line at the booth if you can, as there are only about 4 windows, and everybody's grumbling, fumbling with cash, and you can delay your entry into the country if you're not up front. Call the consulate to check the current fee. It changes ofte...Read More
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Quite a nice hotel: A big open lobby with a well-stocked bar, a lounge with glass floor over a pond (you'll appreciate this after a couple of pisco sours, which are superb), and superb rooms.

One caveat: when we were in, the hotel was only 20% full, so it took 10 minutes for a 16th floor room to get hot water in the shower! Other than that, the "superior" room we received was just that---- a nice executive-quality room with separate shower and baths in marble, a corner view toward the parque metropolitaine, and a nice morning breakfast room. The concierge was truly helpful. The neighborhood was good, and the metro was a 7-8 minute walk away.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 14, 2002

Inter-Continental
Ave Vitacura 2885
Las Condes, Santiago, Chile 7550024
56-2-3942000

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A fine hotel, room almost as nice as the Inter-Continental. The lobby is bigger and more inviting (but with no real sitting area other than the bar/restaurant), but the hotel IS pretty far from the action. By this, I mean that the end of the metro line is about a CLP 2,500 taxi ride away (About $4), and you'll be using the hotel's resident nonmetered cabs. At night, it's quite a ride back from downtown Santiago, many miles, but of course with the metered cabs, it's only about 5,500 CLP back ($8). Our room had everything you expect of a nice hotel, but the bathroom wasn't especially large or luxurious. The hotel has a nice gym and spa, and we had an hour massage each for a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 14, 2002

Marriott Santiago
Av Presidente Kennedy 5741
Santiago, Chile 6772208
+56 (2) 426-2000

Bus Ride to Vina del Mar

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Attraction | "The Bus to Vina del Mar"

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Vina del Mar is a luxury seaside resort city about 1.5 hours from Santiago, and is the sister city of Sausalito, California, which has as its central park the "Plaza Vina del Mar". I wanted to see the real thing. It does not disappoint. The parks (there are several) are quite beautiful. The buildings and architecture range from horrible ugly (near the bus terminal, no surprise) to gorgeous (the casino, the old tudor/german architecture on the hills, etc.). Go to the bus station at the Universidad de Santiago metro stop. There, several bus companies serve Vina frequently. For about $4 each way, you get a comfortable coach trip. We took Tur-bus' coaches, which left every 10-20 mi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 14, 2002

Bus Ride to Vina del Mar
Two hours West of Santiago
Santiago, Chile

Parque Metropolitano

Attraction | "Parque Metropolitaine"

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We took the funicular up the Mountain at the end of the main drag in Barrio Bellevista at the Zoo. At the top, there is a second ride, on a cablecar to the next station. The two are really fine views. Get off at the next station, and walk northeast, toward the Andes. You'll find a superb winebar, with tastings for about $1, which are poured at about 4 oz. per taste. Sample the superb Chilean reds. The service is attentive, reasonable appetizers are served, and it's all downhill from here, literally.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 14, 2002

Parque Metropolitano
Pedro de Valdivia Norte
Santiago, Chile
+56 2 7776666

4 days and 3 nights in Chile

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Story/Tip

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I had some AA ticket credit to use, and AA had offered r/t $329 airfare to Santiago: we took it, able to bump up to business-class even on this cheap fare. That let us make a quick trip, sleep on the plane in comfort in both directions, and have only 3 nights in hotels. Left SFO at 10A, arrived at Santiago around 9am the next morning (5 hour difference in time), and got about 6hrs of sleep on the way. We hit the ground running, less $100 each for the increased "reciprocity fee", apparently the Chilean protest against USA visa fees for Chileans. Business class seating let us be the first to the window, so we didn't have to stand behind 230 other people arguing that their guidebook said $45, o...Read More