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Michael Scharlau March 1st, 2004 06:09 PM

Santiago to Valpariso
Does anyone know of a good way to travel from Santiago to Valpariso?

I am boarding a Celebrity ship in Valpariso 3/14, but will be staying in Santiago for a few days prior to the cruise.


moai March 1st, 2004 06:27 PM

Re: Santiago to Valpariso
There is a tour company that you can contact directly owned by Francisco Moreno (Pancho). He speaks English.
Cell# 09-9917393
fax# 56-32722142
He has clearance from the National Tourism Office to enter the pier.

Chuck Palm March 6th, 2004 01:43 AM

Re: Santiago to Valpariso
try Lan Chile airways if you wish to fly.

JREYNOLDS March 8th, 2004 09:48 AM

Re: Re: Santiago to Valpariso
I think it is only about 85 miles.

ricktalcott May 13th, 2004 06:43 PM

Re: Santiago to Valpariso
Lan Chile had a shuttle that we took from Vina del Mar to Santiago. They probably have on ethe other way as well. The shuttle was approx $15.00 Taxi price was around $60.00 US


Lorne June 22nd, 2004 02:58 PM

Re: Santiago to Valpariso
If you want tours from Val to San - Port Compass offers some nice trips. As a direct trip, it takes about 2 hours by car. There are some nice all day options - providing you aren't flying out the same night. We used them for tours in BA as well. I highly recommend them. Well run and cheaper than the cruise lines.

sheelk November 21st, 2004 07:11 PM

Re: Santiago to Valpariso
We did the South America cruise in 2001.

We also arrived in Santiago a few days early. We made arrangements through our hotel for a "tour" to Valpariso/Vina del Mar on the morning on the day we needed to board ship. It was a great tour to see things along the way; we had lunch at a seaside restaurant in Vina del Mar and were delivered to the ship at about 3pm. Our ship was scheduled to depart at 6pm, so we had plenty of time.

The cost of this tour back then was half of what Princess wanted just for the transfers although our lunch was not included.

You might check with your hotel and see if they can arrange a city tour for you also. I found that the hotels were very cooperative and helpful.

Any other questions, please feel free to email me.

By the way, let me know if you are stopping in Puerto Montt. I can recommend a wonderful private tour guide. January 2nd, 2005 09:02 PM

Re: Santiago to Valpariso
what did you choose to do with your two days in santiago?

Joe Stockton January 10th, 2005 07:24 PM

Re: Re: Santiago to Valpariso
We are stopping in Puerto Montt & would love to have the name & contact information of your tour guide. JOE

Clare Husted February 20th, 2005 10:56 AM

Re: Santiago to Valpariso
Hi Michael,
We just got back from our SA cruise in Feb. We had used a prepaid transport company
that we paid $60.00 pp to get us from Santiago to Valpariso with several stops of
interest along the way. We also used private tours in all the ports except one. We
used Hilda Cerda in Santiago for our city and winery tour.
If you want any additional info just email me and I will be glad to share this information.
Hope you have a smooth cruise............................................ .........Clare

kenneth Munro July 27th, 2005 09:53 AM

Re: Santiago to Valpariso
Distances between Valparaiso and Santiago aprox 130 km (about 85 miles) roads are excelent and the views and landscape outstanding suggest you visit great company dedicated to assist passengers from the cruise industry.
Their e mail is They help us a lot not only in Valparaiso and Santiago but in every port our ships stop between Argentina and Chile
Kenneth Munro

George Linton. September 9th, 2005 07:20 PM

Re: Re: Santiago to Valpariso
I am interested in the private tour guide at {Puerto Montt, and would appreciate your help. George Linton

dileep September 12th, 2005 06:54 PM

We are booking with

We customized it and added a winery tour on Day 2 afternoon and told them that we have our own hotel. Drop off at airport on Day 3.

scapel September 15th, 2005 08:47 PM

Look at this report

We had also used Hilda and she can take you from Santiago to Valpairaso.

Amir764 January 3rd, 2006 04:39 AM

I got loads more to say about that, but I gotta run - Later!

jim.holdr February 20th, 2006 08:45 AM

We did the opposite journey earlier this year. After debark we went by coach, had an excellent guide who pointed out the three differing regions enroute, their ecology and industry.

To appreciate the scenery you need:

a. to have an allround view if possible

b. be sitting well above the ground

c. to have a knowleagable guide

We would have liked to be able to take a day over this journey and to stop at a few spots - but that costs!

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