adriaticus
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7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 2:46 am

My wife and I will arrive to SCL at 08:30 next Saturday from ATL, and most likely cannot make the connection to ZCO departing at 09:10. We'll take the 15:35 flight.

What's the fellow a.netters' recommendation to take advantage of the time? Is there an observation deck in SCL? Is it worth to try to go to Santiago to have lunch? Good congrio and carmenère? Would the fish market be open?

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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Tue Oct 18, 2005 3:17 am

I haven't been to SCL in about 20 years, but with that much time,
you should be able to go downtown and have lunch.
Seafood is great, but look for a place that does "parrillada".
It is grilled meat that they bring to your table still in the cooking process.
Empanadas are also great.
You could probably also take a short stroll up Cerro Santa Lucia
and get a nice view of the city if it isn't too smoggy.
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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Wed Oct 19, 2005 6:52 am

HikesWithEyes, thanks for the recommendation. I will check that out. I am also trying to visit a nearby wineyard, "Viña Tarapacá".

I couldn't find out if there's an observation deck in SCL or not.

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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Wed Oct 19, 2005 8:38 am

I'm 95% sure there's no obesrvation deck in SCL, which is a shame as in the time you're there, I think you'd see almost every carrier serving SCL (AM, AV, RG, LH, AC, AF, PU, LA, H2, AA, DL and a couple more). Getting downtown shouldn't take more than about 30 minutes, and if you are checked in already, you can get from the airport door to your gate in under 5 minutes for a domestic flight. If you take either of the bus services (Centropuerto or Tur Bus), you can get off at the first stop, the Pajaritos subway station, and easily (and cheaply) get to most points in Santiago. Centropuerto is 1100 pesos (about $2 U.S.), and I think Tur is a little more expensive. I think both return to the airport every half hour, and I think they'll take American money if you buy the tickets at the airport.

In terms of things to do, Santa Lucia (Santa Lucia metro station) is a nice little park... they set off a cannon at noon and that's kind of cool. The Cerro San Cristobal is also nice, although public transportation up to Bellavista isn't great. The National Cemetary (in Recoleta) is a cool place to visit too, and I think you can get there on the subway now (It would be Line 2; it was under construction when I left in May but I think it's open now). Santiago is not known (and should not be known) for it's culinary scene. A lot of places do cheap lunch specials.... I like Barrio Brasil (Los Heroes or Republica metro stations)... there are a lot of nice little cafes there. Email me if you'd like more suggestions from an American... find Arcano if you want advice from a Chilean.
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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Wed Oct 19, 2005 9:00 am

I know this isn't exactly useful, but I'd check out a travel guide and find some info on things to do?
 
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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Wed Oct 19, 2005 9:07 am

Quoting Adriaticus (Thread starter):
Is it worth to try to go to Santiago to have lunch?


If you do have lunch...dont eat at Burger King...the Whoppers are made with alpaca meat. I ate it for 3 days until I found out 100% alpaca did'nt mean 100% fresh.



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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Wed Oct 19, 2005 2:42 pm

I´ve forwarded this question to a collegue of mine who has spent a number of days in Santiago recently and will also have a 7h+ layover in January on his way to MDZ (Mendoza, Argentina). In case I get any additional info, I will post it here.
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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Wed Oct 19, 2005 3:10 pm

Quoting HT (Reply 6):
´ve forwarded this question to a collegue of mine ...

He mentioned that any single traveller could go downtown by bus/taxi and visit one of Santiago´s famous "Café con piernas" where coffee is served by young ladies who are very nice to look at (nothing immoral !).

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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Thu Oct 20, 2005 12:22 am

It should probably also be pointed out that the spotting from the domestic side of the airport isn't bad as everything going to or from the international ramp has to pass right by the windows...
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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Thu Oct 20, 2005 12:44 am

HT,

I would not go to a Café con Piernas with my wife (as Adriaticus just sayed). In fact, Café con Piernas are not that moral as you would think)

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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Thu Oct 20, 2005 1:03 am

I'm semi-chileno, soy let me give my 2 cents to that topic.
There is no direct link between the airport and the deepest city centre.
You can take one of those blue "centropuerto" buses that take you on a 30 minutes ride to a station named "Los heroes" (IIRC) , from there take the metro 1 heading east to stations called La Moneda, or Universidad de Chile, that's roughly the city centre from where the main atractions are only a short foot walk away (like the Plaza de Armas is north in Mapocho river direction).

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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Thu Oct 20, 2005 4:07 am

While it has been a few years since I was in Santiago..there were a few good places to eat in the "El Bosque" area.

Perhaps some else can fill in the latest details.

For sure pick-up a bottle of Carmenere'. Great Wine!
 
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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Thu Oct 20, 2005 4:23 am

Quoting Pzurita1 (Reply 9):
I would not go to a Café con Piernas with my wife (as Adriaticus just sayed). In fact, Café con Piernas are not that moral as you would think)

On a recent trip to Santiago, we (my family) learned our lesson.
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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Thu Oct 20, 2005 4:58 am

One thing that I would look into is as to whether you would have to pay the departure fee (quite steep I believe) since you are entering the country and leaving again.
Find out if you have to fork out the US$25 (I think) per person one you return from your day trip!
 
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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Thu Oct 20, 2005 5:02 am

7 hours at SCL...  banghead 

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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Thu Oct 20, 2005 5:07 am

Quoting TBCITDG (Reply 13):
Find out if you have to fork out the US$25 (I think) per person one you return from your day trip!

Chilean "visas" are $50 U.S. (I think, but that may be wrong-- it's less than $100) for Mexican citizens and are good for the life of the passport provided you don't stay in the country longer than 90 days at a stretch. There's no departure tax at SCL or any other Chilean airport for any domestic or international flight-- just like in the U.S., all taxes and fees are included when you buy the ticket.
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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Thu Oct 20, 2005 10:05 am

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 15):
Chilean "visas" are $50 U.S. (I think, but that may be wrong-- it's less than $100) for Mexican citizens and are good for the life of the passport

Mexican citizens do not need a visa for entering Chile. A US$17 "Reciprocity Tax" is collected upon entry. Such tax is plain BS, since Chilean nationals do not pay entrance taxes upon reaching Mexico.

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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Thu Oct 20, 2005 10:19 am

Quoting CessnaLady (Reply 16):
Mexican citizens do not need a visa for entering Chile.

Exactly right; that's why I put "visa" in quotes. The fee is $15 for Mexican citizens- I was thinking Canada (which is $55 anyway, so I'm batting 0 for 2). See http://www.aeropuertosantiago.cl/con...do_contenidos.php?s=20040702170751
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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Thu Oct 20, 2005 11:35 am

Keep in mind that when entering Chile, any and all visa fees and taxes must be paid in CASH. They don't accept any credit cards, and there's not an ATM you'd have access to before you arrive at that point.

As for seeing Santiago, yes, it's VERY easy to do during that time. I'm not sure what your financial situation is like, but rather than go on my own, I hired a guide to show me the sights and drive me to and from the airport as well as to all the places I wanted to see. From the airport to the Plaza de Armas is about a 45 minute car ride. There's quite a lot to do and see, you definitely WON'T get bored and shouldn't hang about in the airport as it's rather boring. It's been a while, so I can't remember everywhere we went. I recall hiking up a steep hill and seeing some amazing views. Santiago de Chile is a BEAUTIFUL city.
 
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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Thu Oct 20, 2005 11:44 am

Quoting Pzurita1 (Reply 9):
I would not go to a Café con Piernas with my wife (as Adriaticus just sayed). In fact, Café con Piernas are not that moral as you would think)

That´s why it did put in the phrase "any single traveller" ... Big grin

Quoting HT (Reply 7):
any single traveller

But maybe I should have put it as "any single MALE traveller" ?!
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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Fri Oct 21, 2005 11:51 am

OK, let's see:

Quoting HikesWithEyes (Reply 1):
I haven't been to SCL in about 20 years, but with that much time,...Buen viaje!

20 years and you remember all of that? amazing, very well described

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 3):
The National Cemetary (in Recoleta) is a cool place to visit too, and I think you can get there on the subway now

Actually, it's called "Cementerio General" and not a priority, in my point of view

Quoting HT (Reply 7):
He mentioned that any single traveller could go downtown by bus/taxi and visit one of Santiago´s famous "Café con piernas" where coffee is served by young ladies who are very nice to look at (nothing immoral !).



Come on, a bikini won't hurt anyone, although it's not the most suitable place for taking a wife

Quoting Pzurita1 (Reply 9):
I would not go to a Café con Piernas with my wife (as Adriaticus just sayed). In fact, Café con Piernas are not that moral as you would think)



Quoting LH526 (Reply 10):
There is no direct link between the airport and the deepest city centre.
You can take one of those blue "centropuerto" buses that take you on a 30 minutes ride to a station named "Los heroes" (IIRC

Best to take it to "Pajaritos" line one subway station, and then arrive in down town after 15 minutes

Quoting TAN FLYR (Reply 11):
While it has been a few years since I was in Santiago..there were a few good places to eat in the "El Bosque" area.

Good place, although you'll get many international food. For something more traditional as "Congrio" or Jaiba" (eal fish or king krab) try Mercado Central, although you'll feel very "invited" by "tourist catchers". There are many sea food places, although it can get sort of expensive

Quoting Kanebear (Reply 18):
I hired a guide to show me the sights and drive me to and from the airport as well as to all the places I wanted to see

So Arcano just founded a new way of making money: touring a.netters!

BTW, what time does your ZCO flight departs?

Some other tips:

There is not a proper sight deck in SCL, although the west side of the departure gate hall faces the new runway, so you get the best perspective of departures and arrivals.

You can also take a shared minibus to any place in the city, for less than US10, and re-hire the service for taking you back to the airport. There are museums as Pablo Neruda's house in downtown (Bellavista), next to the base of San Cristobal hill, where you can take a funicular to the top, visiting the big statue of Virgin Mary and geting the best view of Santiago



For walking, try Providencia district, where you can also have many lunch options, from fast food (never heard of the Alpaca burgers, though) to fine restaurants, incluing "parrilladas".

Let me know if I can give you more advice.

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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Fri Oct 21, 2005 7:42 pm

What of the departure tax/fee/rort? (which I might add happens in many airports worldwide!!)
 
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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Fri Oct 21, 2005 8:25 pm

There WAS an observation deck upstairs behind the bar, but it has long since been closed. However, as others have pointed out, good viewing is possible from outside the international terminal on the raised pavement area overlooking the domestic terminal, and I have never been bothered by security. If you/your wife get bored with that, then the bus into Santiago is fine. The Artisans market is supposed to be well worth a look, but it's nice enough just walking around the main square.

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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Sat Oct 22, 2005 10:56 am

Quoting Rivet42 (Reply 22):
the raised pavement area overlooking the domestic terminal, and I have never been bothered by security

Now it's in the opposite corner, next to international terminal, after the new runway opening.

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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Sat Oct 22, 2005 5:36 pm

Quoting TBCITDG (Reply 21):
What of the departure tax/fee/rort? (which I might add happens in many airports worldwide!!)

The only country where I've had to pay, after checking at the counter, is Argentina.

Although the countries were I've been don't ask chileans for a visa. I don't know about the situation of mexicans, americans and canadians in Chile
 
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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Sat Oct 22, 2005 7:24 pm

If you like very good food, go to the restaurant "les maitres"
http://www.lesmaitres.cl/
http://www.lesmaitres.cl/carta.php
It is French haute cuisine, but at very sweet prices, since it is the restaurant of a schol (but be careful: you have to be a good cook to become a student in this school)
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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Sun Oct 23, 2005 7:51 am

Quoting HT (Reply 6):
7h+ layover in January on his way to MDZ (Mendoza, Argentina).

this happened to me last november. My AA incomnig flight was late and LAN refused to check me in 30minutes prior to departure at the gate with no luggage!.. so i spent 7hrs at SCL waiting for the next flight. My passport is about to expire so i didint want to pay $100 to get out of the airport and pay again when i get a new passport.. I decide to stay in.
- breakfast at Dunkin Donuts
- took many pictures of airplanes coming in an out (have not sent them to A.net yet). It is all glass floor to bottom, so great to watch the movement on the tarmac.
- slept on the seats
- lunch in one of the few restaurants
- listened to my ipod and read.

time went fast... time to board for MDZ sooner than expected.
nice and moderm terminal but with limited facilities and restaurants.
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RE: 7 Hours In SCL - What To Do?

Mon Oct 24, 2005 1:49 pm

Thanks to all for your posts. What we ended up doing was taking a green TurBus (about US$5 roundtrip to Los Heroes metro station, which is about 5 blocks from Palacio de La Moneda). We wandered about in the wonderful pedestrian streets to/from Plaza de Armas; heard mass at the Cathedral; had a cup of coffee in a Café con Piernas (Café Tahití) - my wife thought it was quite cool. We had an excellent delikatessen sandwich and a glass of Carmenère, and basically just hung out walking around. Then we walked back to Los Heroes to take our bus to the airport. Since we had our boarding passes already, we walked right into gate 26 to board my first-ever flight on a B732.

The TurBus and Centropuerto dedicated transport system to/from SCL is quite efficient, reliable and comfortable. I was very impressed... And actually thought of starting a similar business in other airports I know which are a nightmare to get to/from.

The flight to ZCO was amazing - the flight along the Andes was like something I had never seen; I had flown along the snowcapped Andes for a little stretch coming into SCL from the North or from EZE (right accross), but not for 500 miles straight, dotted with active volcanoes here and there.

Again, thanks for your posts. They most certainly helped to make our 7 hours very enjoyable.

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