Ocean, mountains or city? Can’t decide which one you love more? You won’t have to choose when you pay a visit to Santiago, Chile’s spectacular capital city. Tucked away in a valley surrounded by vineyards and a few ski resorts, you’ll be able to see the Andes mountains (cordillera) from almost every angle in the city. Fancy a daytrip to the Pacific ocean city Viña del Mar or the famous Valparaíso? There’s plenty of options.
Inside Santiago you won’t be bored either. Stay in one of the excellent Airbnb’s – sometimes with pool and gym – or hostels, then go to your coworking space or one of the work-friendly cafés and get your business rocking. Finish off your four-hour workweek with a stroll along the Mapocho river. Get the night started with some Pisco Sour or Terremoto with your newly made friends.
As the headquarters of LATAM (formerly LAN) Airlines – Latin America’s most affordable airline – taking a trip to Santiago is easy. Its airport is also an important hub to get almost anywhere: there’s direct flights to North America, the Caribbean, Europe and hubs in the Pacific.
The Santiago guide gives you all the information you need to get yourself started in this amazing city. We kick off with the difficult stuff you need to know upon arrival:
- How to get quick cash without paying outrageous ATM fees
- What living expenses to expect and how to keep them low
- Where to find WiFi and how to politely ask for the password like a local
- What to expect from the local coffee standards
- How to hustle your accommodation
- Where to get your socks washed (without losing one of them)
- Which SIM-card to get and how to get mobile internet up and running
- How to meet other like-minded people (or how to avoid them)
- What to eat locally and what to drink with it on the side (bizcochos!)
- How to get from A to B without pissing off immigration officers
- What else there is to do besides eat, sleep, (co)work, repeat
The second part of the book is dedicated to specific places for work in the neighborhoods you’re most likely to stay at. We have tested each working space personally and gave honest judgment about them. You’ll find the tested WiFi speed (in Mbit) next to every café, along with our PowerScore and ZenScore. These describe the relative availability of wall sockets and how quiet it is without people tripping over your cables. We have visited dozens of cafés and only put in the 21 most welcoming ones for people who need to get shit done. Tips on where to have a business lunch or date are also sorted by neighborhood.
Handiest of all? You get exclusive access to our online bonus material, in which you can find a map with all the businesses mentioned to use on the go. The Santiago edition is also featuring a bonus blog post on how to deal with Chileno, the weird version of Spanish that is spoken in Chile. If you have the book already, you have the password to access the online area. It’s at the beginning of Part Two. Come check out our amazing bonus features!
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