All you need near the apartment

Chips for your cellphone

You can buy prepaid chips for your cellphone

Main cellphone companies are Movistar, Entel and WOM

Offices in downtown near the apartments:

  • Movistar.    Huerfanos 623
  • Entel.    Huerfanos 718, store #5
  • WOM.   Estado 381

Currency Exchange

The most famous currency exchange office is AFEX. The closest office is located at Catedral 1063
This is on the side of the Cathedral next to Plaza de Armas.
AFEX has offices across Santiago.
In this link you can see the current exchange rate for US$1.-
http://www.valor-dolar.cl/

Money
Almost every place accepts debit or credit card. Cards are widely used in Chile.
Chilean currency is called “pesos”.

Supermarket & Grocery Store
1) Esmeralda apartment: Just one block down Esmeralda Street you can find a “Santa Isabel” supermarket.
Here there are almost anything you must possible need.
Address: Esmeralda 857.  There is another entrance by Ismael Valdés Vergara 838.
Open 7 days a week from 8:30 AM to 10:00 PM.

2) Mosqueto & Villavicencio apartments: Just half block away from Santa Lucía hill  you can find a “Lider Express” supermarket.
This is a large store where you can find anything.
Address: Merced 560.
Open 7 days a week from 8:30 AM to 10:00 PM.

If you want gourmet or international food you should go further to Jumbo at Costanera Center Shopping Mall 

Laundry
1.- Bellas Artes: Monjitas 507
2.- Tarroca Lavaseco: Mac-Iver 490
3.- Bilbao Express Lavaseco: Merced 712 (not self service)

Bip Card
This card is the official way to enter use city transportation. You can use it in the Metro (Subway) and Buses
If you are 2 person, don’t worry, you can use just one card for all.
The transactions will be charged in the same card.
You can add more money to the card at any Metro Station cashier and in some selected shops around the city.

Prepaid cell phone
You can add more minutes/money to your complimentary prepaid cellphone at any pharmacy or supermarket cashier.
Just give the company name “Entel” and the number located in the back of the phone and add the money you like.
The minimum to charge is $2.500.- (Aprox. US$4)

Rent a Car
Chilean Rent a Car is a company that has a great location at Bellavista neighborhood.
The good news is its prices includes insurances and tolls.
www.chileanrentacar.cl
Address: Bellavista 0183. Providencia
Subway station: Baquedano (red line #1)

Coffees
Good coffees are near Bellas Artes Metro Station (You can walk  by Esmeralda Street towards Bellas Artes)
– Cocteau Cafe. Miraflores 622 (in the corner with Santo Domingo St.)
– Cafe Mosqueto. Mosqueto 440, (almost in the corner with Monjitas St.)
– Cafe Colonia. Enrique Mac Iver 161  (This is a classic in town, old german style)
– Cafe del Opera. Merced 391.
Also if you walk by Jose Miguel de la Barra St. (from Monjitas St. to Merced St.) you will find a couple of coffees.

Getting to the airport
There are several ways to go to the airport:
1.- Airport official Taxi:  Website: http://www.taxioficial.cl/    Reservations phone: +562 2601-9880   +562 2667-1308
2.- Transfer:    http://www.transferdelfos.cl/   Reservations phone: +562 2913-8800    Reservations email: reservas@transferdelfos.cl
3.- Subway & Bus: Go to “Pajaritos” station in the red line (#1 line, direction to San Pablo) and then go out. In the Bus Station you can choose from two bus companies: Centropuerto or TurBus, both goes directly to the airport.
4.- Subway & Bus: Go to “Universidad de Santiago” (red line, #1) subway station which is connected to Alameda Bus Terminal. Tur Bus departs every 20 minutes to the airport from platforms #22 or #23
5.- Bus from downtown: Go to “Los Heroes” (red line, #1) subway station and go out to the street. In the central square of the Alameda Bernardo O’Higgins and Manuel Rodriguez you can find Centropuerto Buses. They depart during the day every 10-15 minutes starting at 5:55 AM until 10:30 PM.

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Quick map around Villavicencio studio

The Villavicencio st. studio is in the heart of Lastarria neighborhood.

There are many places and services where you can find all you could possible need to have a great time at downtown Santiago.

You can find at short distance:

  1. Supermarket Lider Express: 3 blocks
  2. Universidad Católica Subway station (Metro, red line): 2 blocks
  3. Seafood Central Market: 15 blocks
  4. Plaza de Armas Subway Station (Metro, green line): 8 blocks
  5. Plaza de Armas: 8 blocks
  6. Bellas Artes Subway station: 3 blocks
  7. Bellas Artes Museum: 3 blocks
  8. La Piojera (typical bar): 16 blocks
  9. Cal y Canto Subway Station (Metro yellow line): 16 blocks
  10. Vega Chica (farmer market): 10 blocks (across the river)
  11. AFEX. Currency Exchange (at Plaza de Armas): 8 blocks
  12. Lastarria neighborhood (restaurants and nightlife): Around the corner