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There are some direct buses from Buenos Aires to Santiago de Chile. For example, CATA Internacional runs a daily bus, on weekdays only (Mon-Fri), which leaves at 17:00 from BA (Retiro) and arrives next day at approximately 12:30 (= duration ~19.5 hours). The price is 750 $AR / ~150 USD (semicama) or 820 $AR (cama ejecutivo). Besides the Argentine ...


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I don't really consider this a short trip, not compared to the flight. The only real ground transport option in South America is the bus (coach). There are some domestic trains around the big cities on the eastern coast, but for most rides you have to take a bus. I took a bus from Salta in Northern Argentina to Asunción and that took about 24 hours ...


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It's actually longer than 24 hours. The most common route is from La Paz through to Iquique, and then down to Santiago. The Santiago->Iquique leg alone takes 24 hours. I can recommend either Pullman (we used them for that) or Tur Bus (used them for other shorter trips). I blogged about it as well. From Iquique to La Paz it took us 16 hours. However, ...


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The Costanera Center is the best future bet for such facilities. The tower itself is still under construction. It will be 300 meters high and South Amarica's tallest building. It seems likely that it will at least have an observation platform of some kind. Currently available are several apartment hotels with rooftop swimming pools and lounges. You would of ...


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This is one of my favourite bus trips in the world, having done Mendoza->Santiago twice and Santiago->Mendoza once. Please, please, travel it during the day, for two reasons: 1) I've done this once at night. At the top of the Andes is the border crossing. There's snow a good portion of the year on the hills around you. It's FREEZING in the middle of the ...


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There are several bus companies that will take you. The easiest solution, once in Buenos Aires, is to head to Retiro bus station. Go up to the second floor, and to the section for 'west bound' buses. There will be several companies. El Rapido, Andesmar, Cata, Tur Bus, and many more - it's an extremely popular route. As Jonik mentioned, the Plataforma ...


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Unless I am reading the Tur-Bus site wrong the prices vary between: $42 per person to $77 per person one way. The thing is that I can't imaging myself spending 24 hours even on a most comfortable bus but then again I like my creature comforts.


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According to Busbud there are three companies that offer routes from Asuncion to Santiago. NSA, Pullman Del Sur (can recommend), and Brujula. What I'd suggest instead is if you have time, stopping in Foz de Iguazu (for the Iguazu Falls), and in either Buenos Aires if you're detouring, or Mendoza, just before the mountains. I highly recommend Mendoza - ...


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I asked around on the InterNations Santiago community, and I came across a couple of additional suggestions: Giratorio Restaurant is probably exactly what you are looking for. The restaurant is located in Providencia on the 16th floor, and it rotates to afford a 360° view of the city. According to SantiagoGourmet.com, it's rather pricey at about US$40 per ...


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One idea that might be fun is to take the funicular rail to the top of Cerro San Cristóbal. You would probably have to bring food with you – there aren't really any restaurants at the top; just a few empanada vendors. But there are tables and chairs set up there where you could look out over the city as you are enjoying your meal. The funicular costs 2 ...


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I recently completed my bus trip from Santiago to Asunción*. Not only is it not a short trip, it is unlikely to be a direct one either! Taking Mark Mayo's advice, I booked my first leg from Santiago to Mendoza to make sure I got to take the route through the mountains (make sure you sit on the right side of the bus; the view is much better!). From ...


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The photos and descriptions on this website might give an idea of how it's like: Crossing the Andes: Mendoza to Santiago by Bus


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You may have to use other methods of converting to Chilean Peso from Paraguayan Guarani. The only exchange place I found listing the currency for exchange is Casa de Cambio JCTOUR.CL. You can look at the listings on Casas de Cambios en Chile page to see where they are located.


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As you commented, it's not necessarily possible there unless you are a Chilean resident. However, assuming you are: SmileTravelVietnam has a page on many embassies including the one in Santiago for Thailand (go figure). They state there that the turn around time is 2 days to 1 week, presumably depending on whether you pay for express service, and how ...


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There's a place in Santiago that is famous for having lots and lots of casas de cambio, which is located on Agustinas near Paseo Ahumada, about 2 blocks south of Plaza de Armas: Along Agustinas, you will find lots and lots of places that exchange money: If anybody in Santiago is going to buy Paraguayan Guaranies, you'll find them there. Unfortunately, ...


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Santiago - Iquique takes about 22 hours by bus with the companies Pullman or Turbus and 2 hours by plane with Skyairline or LAN



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