Why Santiago?

Very up and coming cosmopolitan South American city. One big attraction was the amazing skyscrapers with the background of the Andes mountains. From museums to markets, and spectacular views of the Andes mountains all around, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Santiago is known as one of the best cities in Latin America to obtain a quality education and it’s location is fantastic for travel opportunities down to Patagonia, across to Argentina and up to San Pedro de Atacama desert.


"In terms of bars, checking out the nearest places to wherever you live is a good start. There are some really cool ones hidden away in random locations of the city so just have a good look around."

San Cristobal

Buena Vista

Miercoles Po - Nights out happening every wednesday and is the international student night so you get in for free. Like the page on Facebook as it’s at a different club every week.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Parque Bicentarario

Parque Bicentarario is great to cycle around and walk around.

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For sim cards, buy a pre-paid sim (chip pre-pegado) at one of the main phone companies which are Entel, Claro and Movistar and WOM. You can load it up at local pharmacies, although not all of them will do it so just ask. Mine was from Entel but they have a policy where you have to use the data in a really short amount of time so I wouldn’t recommend them. I’d go with Claro as most of my friends were happy with them.


The metro is really good and easy to use. You just have to buy a Bip card (equivalent to an oyster) when you arrive and then keep it topped up using the machines that are at every station. The cost of the journey depends on the time of day, e.g it’s more during rush hour. The Metro can get very crowded so just be willing push on and be squished in with everyone. Top up cards - tube is really straight forward. 

In terms of buses for long trips, use coach company, Pullman. They’re pretty clean and generally go on time.

When you arrive at the airport, make sure you get an official taxi and not just a random one waiting outside. Just go up to the taxi desk and tell them where you’re going and they’ll sort it for you. It seems overly-cautious but even the locals do the same. Uber is technically banned but everyone still uses it. Just don’t try and get one to the airport because they refuse to go there as they always get stopped.

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