In this post we provide information on how to get from Santa Cruz to Santiago, find out about the different neighborhoods in Santiago, where to stay in Santiago and things to do in Santiago, Chile.
From Santa Cruz to Santiago
A short, direct bus, for once! After a day in the Chilean wineries, we finally make our way towards the capital. There is an hourly shuttle from Santa Cruz to Santiago. The ride takes a bit less than 3hrs. A bus ticket costs around USD $9 per person.
How to get Around Santiago
The metro is very well served and takes you to most main areas of the city.
It is the best way to get around. The capital is also very walk-able. Plaza de Armas to Bellavista takes about 30 minutes by foot.
Where to stay in Santiago- Hotels in Santiago
- We first stayed in Barrio Brasil, which was closest to the bus station. It is a colorful and trendy neighborhood. The first hostel we found was an overpriced youth hostel, Traveller’s Place Hostel, paying 80 000 CHP (USD $120) for a room but we needed it. It was our first night in a bed after 5 days in a car and bus.
We enjoyed a deliciously cold beer with other locals for happy hour and snack on appetizers, on a little street terrace. Barrio Brasil is lively, bars overflow on the sidestreet but people are mindful of one another. We get a good laid back feel from Santiago, reminiscent of Paris during the summer days.
- Another option on where to stay in Santiago, is this well-located apartment in Bellavista, close to Lastarria. The whole apartment is for yourself and can accommodate up to 4 people. Price per night is approximately USD $40. There are restaurants, shopping areas, live music and bars in this area.
- Plaza de Armas Hostel, right on the Plaza de Armas square, offers great views of Santiago and of Plaza de Armas from the top. It is a well-located, clean and youthful hostel.
What To Do in Santiago
There’s enough to keep you busy in this city! From monuments, to museums to markets and restaurants, there’s no shortage of activities when visiting Santiago.
Each neighborhood has its own identity, find out a bit more about the different neighborhoods and activities in Santiago, Chile:
Ride the Teleferico and get a view of Santiago to reach Cerro San Cristobal
A trendy neighborhood with restaurants, bars, colorful streets. It is quite empty during the day but fills up early evening with locals and live music.
Plaza de Armas
- La Moneda: The seat of the president of Chile, a white imposing building in downtown Santiago. It is located by Plaza de Armas. Unfortunately, La Moneda is not open to visitors.
- Plaza de Armas: Located in downtown Santiago, a big square where you can see locals going about their daily activities, painters, artists, musicians, locals playing chess. A neat stop when wandering the city.
Bellas Artes, Lastarria & Paris-Londres
- GAM: The Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral, named after Chilean poet-diplomat, educator and humanist Gabriela Mistral, is located in Bellas Artes, close to the Cerro Santa Lucia.
- Cerro Santa Lucia: A great park walking distance from Plaza de Armas and when you reach the top of the park you have a great view of Santiago. Perfect for sunsets in the summertime.
- Lastarria: a trendy neighborhood, perfect for afternoon strolls and coffee stop. Popular with tourists.
- A huge market offering everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to meats and seafood with food stands, it can be crowded and chaotic but always colorful.
Other Activities in Santiago, Chile
There are also lots of food tours and day trips if you’re staying in Santiago for a few days.
From Santiago to Valparaiso by bus
From Santiago, our next stop in Valparaiso for a day trip (two-days, one night).
Valparaiso is a port city on the coast of Chile, 1h30 away from Santiago by bus. The city Pablo Neruda called its muse.
Buses leave every 30 mins from different companies from the La Paz Terminal Bus station, Independencia – close to La Vega Market, a very easy and straightforward process.
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