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Preparing your trip to Santiago: advices & hints - things to do and to obey

Santiagos El Golf Financial District 1. Despite a low crime level tourists should be aware of cheaters and fraudsters in the streets of the city. One should not use services offered by strangers no matter how profitable these services may seem. Currency should be exchanged only in specialized establishments and financial institutions meanwhile jewelries should be bought only in stores. Tourists are strongly recommended to avoid buying jewelries and gems at the market places.
2. One should not touch upon politics and political life during communication with local folks. The Pinochet Regiment should not be touched under any condition otherwise the debate may last for hours and may grow into a true rally.
3. Drinking of alcohol is allowed only in specially designated establishments. Smoking is as well banned in public places. As a rule close to all the restaurants, bars, cafes as well as close to shopping and entertainment establishments tourists will find special smoking areas.
4. Tourists should keep in mind that a usual day off of every entertainment and public establishment is considered to be Sunday. Public institutions are commonly closed on great holidays. On holidays and weekends the city turns quiet. Checking in a hotel or buying flight tickets on Sundays is almost impossible.
5. Local restaurants and cafes welcome tips for good service. Tips may equal up to 10% of a total sum of the bill. Large restaurants include service fee into total bill. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
6. A small cash reward should be given to a taxi driver. In this case a total sum according to the counter should be round up to any convenient amount. A hotel maid waits for 0.5 -1USD tips which will depend on a class of a hotel.
7. Local markets and private shops welcome bargaining as this helps to sufficiently reduce a price for desired goods. Bargaining will be inappropriate in large shopping centers and supermarkets. Shopping addicts are recommended to always be backed up with enough of small change and cash.
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8. Utility supplied voltage is 220V. All the hotels and inns are equipped with various standards of sockets (three pin plugs and two pin plugs). Tourists are recommended to specify the type of sockets before checking in the hotel in advance and take care of necessary adapters and connectors for electrical appliances.
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What to visit being in Santiago - unique sights

Portillo Ski resort

From the series “Stunning Beauty Places of the Earth, Unknown to Tourists”
Today you can hardly imagine that there was almost no tourist infrastructure 20 years ago on the health resort. There were only the excellent slopes and ski lifts, which the athletes and the supporters of the winter sports. In just a few years Portillo has changed fundamentally. In 1996, the city became the location of the World Ski Championships. Today the infrastructure of the health resort is expected to be 500 people. The tourists, who want to spend a few days here, should book the rooms in advance, since the resort is accessible to visitors only 3.5 months per year. 20 ski slopes of different levels of complexity and 12 ski lifts are at the disposal of the skiers. … Read further

San Alfonso del Mar Pool

From the series “The Most Amazing Swimming Pools in the World”
Hotel guests have an opportunity to swim in it or to go boating. Glittering sand beaches surround the large pool. The hotel spends about 4 million dollars on supporting the pool; it is a real world sight. The deepness is variable in the different parts of the pool and it will be 34,5 meters maximally. To fill such volume with water, it needs 250 000 cubic meter of it. One more important feature is a modern warming system, which allows keeping the water temperature on the level of 26 degrees Celsius. … Read further

City tours, excursions and tickets in Santiago and surroundings

Chile: travelling advices

5. Politeness requires smokers lighting up a cigarette to offer one to each friend - except for minors, of course.
6. Chilean men often stare at women. Here it looks like an innocuous compliment, so you shouldn't focus on this, be frightened or insulted.
7. Pointing a finger at someone or something is bad manners; you should not call a person with a finger.
8. In Chile, some gestures normal for a European or an American may be perceived as vulgar and rude. Therefore, you should try to avoid active gesticulation during a conversation. … Open
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After a long day of work, guests can relax at the hotel’s reflection pool or the signature WET pool decorated with a three-meter sculpture of a “Space Cat”. The FIT fitness center works 24/7 and offers weights, cardio, and dance classes. Finally, the hotel’s Spa, AWAY, offers the ‘Detox.Retox.Repeat’ philosophy to rejuvenate and restore glow. Read this

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Travelling to Santiago - advices and tips. What should be provisioned in advance, the rules you might want to follow, and the things you better avoid doing in Santiago. We help you to make your trip smooth and easy, with no unexpected surprises.
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