Things to do in 48 hours in Santiago de Chile

Simply passing through Santiago? You may have a flight in the next 48 hours but you want to discover the city? Then this article is made for you!

TOP THINGS TO DO IN SANTIAGO IN 48 HOURS

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After waking up from a good night’s sleep in Aji Hostel; Get ready with a consistent breakfast and the proper shoes (to avoid awful blisters)!

DAY 1

9.30AM: On your way for Tours4tips (meeting point at 10 a.m). One of the cheapest way to discover the city. Get on the tube from Salvador Metro Station to Bella Artes Metro Station, and reach Bella Artes Museum where the tour starts.

If you prefer to ride into Santiago, La Bicicleta verde (a sustainable company) offers tours in and out Santiago.

1PM: Lastarria Neighborhood  (Red line #1 Universdad Catolica Metro Station) is your next destination. With a bohemian style this neighborhood deserves a walk. You will enjoy the small shops, the terasses, and the restaurant to lunch.

3PM: Really close to Lastarria Neighborhood you’ll meet Santa Lucia Hill “the green Santiago’s lung”. First reach the top of the hill, and enjoy the view and the park. Then go to Feria de Santa Lucia   which is a traditional market. Over there you can buy Chilean gifts and try delicious natural juice for $1500.

6 P.M: HAPPY HOUR! Time to go to Bellavista Neighborhood  to chill out with a drink or a beer (un trago o una cerveza) Escudo, Cristal, austral are chilean’s beer you can order. If you  prefer cocktails you should order a terremoto (a earthquake) or a piscosour which are two famous beverages here in Chile.

10 P.M: Carrete! Santiago has nothing to envy to Buenos Aires and it gets everything to party hard! Here is a list of places you can go to party/to have a simple drink in Santiago:

  • Liguria   Restaurant/Bar (Av. Providencia 1373, Providencia, with typical Chilean food) close to our hostel.
  • Club la Feria  Constitucion 275, Providencia.
  • Bar constitución  Constitucion 61, Providencia
  • EL Santo Remedio,  with a decor and a design that will not let you uninterested, close to the hostel as well. Calle Roman Diaz 152, Providencia.
  • La Piojera, Aillavillu, Santiago, Chili
  • Bellavista neighborhood: you might find over there clubs and bars to party and enjoy yourself throughout the night!

DAY 2

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9.30 AM:  The sun is here, get ready to reach  Cerro San Cristobal

Unfornutaley it’s a Rainy/cloudy day: On your way to The human rights & the memory museum

1. PM: Lunch time! Here goes a list of really good restaurants here in Santiago. If you’re looking for a cheap meal, you may find plenty of small fast food restaurants that offer famous Chilean snacks such un completo, un completo italiano, empanadas …

3. PM: Show up to the other one Tours4tips. It would be the perfect activity to complete the circle.

6 PM: Your 48hours visiting Santiago are over !

I hope you enjoyed reading this article !

 

Cheap way to discover Santiago: Tour4tips

 

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Meeting point: Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago de Chile ( L5 metro station: Bella Artes)

During my reception shift I chat with guests from Aji hostel, and many of them told me really nice feedbacks about Tour4tips.

I did it and I do advice you to go because first of all, I like the concept: you come for free and then you give a tip if they deserve it. Then obviously, you know it will be really cool if they want to collect generous tips! They usually ask for CLP$5000, which is still pretty cheap for a tour.They provide utter tours and they’re really famous here in Chile. There are two meeting points per day: one at 10 a.m (for the early birds: http://bit.ly/1rpxaIA) and one at 3 p.m (for those who went to a party the night before: http://bit.ly/1j0Oilv). However, the morning tour and the afternoon one are not the same.

Furthermore, I think it’s a good way to discover the highlights of Santiago with a guide right after your arrival. If you enjoyed that tour, there is another “ free tour “in Valparaiso (http://bit.ly/VIuAAB), which will be for sure your next stop in Chile !

 

I hope you enjoyed this tip =)

Chilenismo: Chilean’s slang

What a better way to start a guide than with a short wakeup call about Chilean expressions in order to get fully integrated with locals. Sometimes when you walk into the street there are some words you hear but you cannot understand such as: “cachai?”,“weon” “yapo/sipo/nopo”.. Then you start having doubts about your Spanish standard, but no worry I’ll improve you Spanish slang. But first, a short sum up about Chile, here in Chile we don’t speak Spanish but Castillan from The Castillan Kingdom. Here in Chile we do not pronounce any “S”, then “tres:3” becomes tre (tré), entonces (so…) becomes entonce (entoncé), all right, at least there is one advantage to this strange way of speaking is: no more problem with usted !!

   Here come some “fancy”words you may hear and use:

Pucha: damn it            La hueva: stuff

 Pololo/Polola: Boyfriend/girlfriend          Al tiro: right now

Huevon(a): Guy / stupid guy (use with caution)      Paco: cop (never in front of them)

Sipo (Siiiipô)/ Nopo /yapo: Yes , no , ok          Chabela: Ciao / good bye

La raja (rrraja, good luck to pronounce it !): awesome

Cachai?(at every end of a sentence): got it?

Carrete/ Carretear: party , to party         Pololear: to be in couple        

Caña ( because of pisco): hangover    Apagó la tele: blackout  

              Hueca: a stupid girl   ¡Bacán!: Cool!

Andar con el dragon (walk with the dragon): have a bad breath

  Punchi Punchi : electro music ( that’s actually the rhythm of electronic music)

Confort ( the brand): toilet paper        Borracho/curado: Drunk

Compadre: friend           1 luca(s): 1000 pesos

Plata: money

 Ayer fue a un carrete en bellavista, demasiado loco huevon, en la manana tuve una cana huevon, bebimo(s) piscola toda la noche…Fue la R(rrr)aja pô!  (Yesterday I went to a party in bellavista, it was crazy. But the morning I got a hangover ‘cause we drunk Pisco-coca cola all the night long. It was awesome!)

I hope you enjoyed this short Spanish lecture!

 

For a free Sunday afternoon in Santiago de Chile

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Matucana 520, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chili (metro linea 1 parada quinta normal)

After attending to the free tour you can have a walk at Quinta Normal Park. Located close to the Matucana neighborhood, this park has been elected one of the 30 most splendid parks of the world. Bring your picnic (or some empanadas) and have a nap on this park can be a good idea to spend a nice afternoon. But more than a simple park, it regroups 5 museums which are all free the Sundays (/!\ but hey are all closed on Monday). The private Corporation for Circulation of Science and technology is in charge of 3 museums: The Science and Technology museum inside the Partenon building, The railway man museum and the Infantile Museum inside the Obrecht’s house. On your way you will meet the Quinta Normal Greenhouse, even if nowadays this building is abandoned, it has been declared National monument in 2009. While going ahead of your journey you’ll find the Art museum inside the Versaille Palace designed with a French style that offers national and international experimental exhibitions.  Finally close to the entrance  you’ll meet the National History Museum which is guarded by a gigantic whale skeletal.