Short layover in Santiago- suggestion

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I have an 8 hour layover in Santiago Chile, can you suggest anything we can do in the city in that time?
 

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Maybe you can do a city tour, and have lunch / dinner in the city. The city is about 20-25 mins by cab from airport.
http://spicychile.cl/
 
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I have a similar layover in a few weeks.... very interested in hearing options!!
 

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Just returned from South America .... I was going to go check out the city ... however you have to pay a USD127 fee ( for AU passport holders) to depart the airport... So I decided to hang about the airport ... It is in the middle of renovations, however there are a few shops etc to keep you entertained .... also a good viewing area if you are a aircraft spotter !
 

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I had a day either side of a recent trip, I did the hop on hop off bus one day on my way over to Rio and a four hour wine tour on my way back, however the reciprocity fee sucks!!
 

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I had a day either side of a recent trip, I did the hop on hop off bus one day on my way over to Rio and a four hour wine tour on my way back, however the reciprocity fee sucks!!

As it does for Chileans coming to Aus.
 

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Anyone who has dual passports with NZ, travel on your NZ passport and it's no fees
 

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Just returned from South America .... I was going to go check out the city ... however you have to pay a USD127 fee ( for AU passport holders) to depart the airport... So I decided to hang about the airport ... It is in the middle of renovations, however there are a few shops etc to keep you entertained .... also a good viewing area if you are a aircraft spotter !

That fee sure does suck. We were on a connecting international flight, never leaving the airport and they still made us pay
 

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As it does for Chileans coming to Aus.

That's why they call it a reciprocity fee. It's a PITA. I once arrived in SCL 91 days after my previous entry (which I knew was going to be the case). The agent at the desk and I had a laugh; nothing could be done about being one day into needing a new one.

It probably costs more to collect than it raises but one side needs to say to the other: "Let's just agree to simultaneously drop this."
 

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That fee sure does suck. We were on a connecting international flight, never leaving the airport and they still made us pay

:confused: That should not happen. I've made plenty of INT connections in SCL and haven't had to pay.

Are you sure you followed the INT connections path? It's quite clear.

I mean, you could still be in the airport, but were you still INT sterile?
 

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Just returned from South America .... I was going to go check out the city ... however you have to pay a USD127 fee ( for AU passport holders) to depart the airport... So I decided to hang about the airport ... It is in the middle of renovations, however there are a few shops etc to keep you entertained .... also a good viewing area if you are a aircraft spotter !

The LA lounges are a bit old-style but quite comfy and the F&B offering is good. They serve Louis Roederer NV Champagne, so that is one reason why I just love SCL! Pleasantly whiled away many an hour there...
 

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The LA lounges are a bit old-style but quite comfy and the F&B offering is good. They serve Louis Roederer NV Champagne, so that is one reason why I just love SCL! Pleasantly whiled away many an hour there...

Agree although the last time I was there, there were ants all over the sushi....I made the staff take them away less anyone gets ill from eating them...
 
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Agree although the last time I was there, there were ants all over the sushi....I made the staff take them away less anyone gets ill from eating them...

Minimal chance of getting ill, but not a good look. Seasonal issue, I would suspect - just like the ants (not big numbers, but persistent) coming into my house at the moment - happens every year at this time.
 

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Anyone who has dual passports with NZ, travel on your NZ passport and it's no fees
Luckily we both have two passports, me Aus and EU/UK and bigal has Aus and NZ so if our trip to Antarctica comes to fruition late this year we're sweet.

He's dying for us to travel to Turkey where I can't avoid a visa and as a kiwi he doesn't need one!
 
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