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A day in Santiago de Chile - worth it

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1. Posted by danube (Full Member 63 posts) 9y


On my way to Peru in April, I am about to choose between to possibilities: spending a night at the airport in Madrid, or spending a whole day and night in Santiago de Chile. Obviously I'm tending to choose the latter one, even if that possibility allows me to arrive next morning to Lima, but I need to know, if it worth to spend a day in the chilean capital? What could I see in that time, is it easy enough to get from the airport to the city and back?
And would I be allowed to spend the night at the airport, holding a ticket to an early morning flight to Lima (the ticket to Santiago, and from Santiago to Lima would be to separate one...)

Thanks for any feedback in advance!


2. Posted by miromar (Respected Member 175 posts) 9y


I would go for the day in Santiago rather than a nite at madrid airport anytime! You can actually get to see the centre (not a lot there, but is nice enough to have a look around the plaza de armas, and the casa de la moneda building and stuff, and maybe you could even fit in a visit to the park in the cerro san cristobal hill (not sure that is the name of the hill right now, but you will know which one it is) cause it has a very nice view of the whole city.
not sure about how to get to and from the airport cause i didnt fly there, but im sure it is easy, and if you can sleep in the terminal afterwards, well, i would certainly go for that option!

Good luck!

x x Miriam x x

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Funny, I'd always opt for a 12-hour stay at Barajas instead. The airport is comfortable which gets you some sleep, plus seeing a city in a day is always difficult to pull off, esp. if transit is also involved. Add to this the extra fuel/pollution flying to Santiago would cause, and the fact that Santiago in itself is not particularly worth visiting unless you're in the neighbourhood anyway...

4. Posted by danube (Full Member 63 posts) 9y

Thanks for the feedbacks, I'll make it via Madrid mainly for severe financial reasons...

My itinerary is made up of two separate tickets btw, so I guess that sleeping in the airport will have some difficulties - as I won't be able to stay in the transit, and my flight will leave early afternoon next day. Do you have some experiences, suggestions on that?

Thanks again,

5. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

I think they will let you check in the night before so you can clear customs and hang around in transit all night, but I can't promise! Barajas is pretty nice to tourists in that respect.