Santiago de Chile
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Santiago de Chile
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|State:||Santiago Metropolitan (RM)|
|Major roads:||Ruta 5|
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Santiago is the capital and by far the largest city of Chile.
West towards Valparaiso, Viña del Mar (Ruta 68)
Get to the metro station Pajaritos. From there take bus J12 to Ciudad de los Valles (you need a Bip! card to use buses, no cash or single tickets). The bus will go along the motorway 68 and there are three service stations on the way not far from each other, first Petrobras, then Copec and finally Shell. Petrobras is probably the best, with most tracks stopping there, also the bus stop is located a few hundred metres before the station so not much walking required and it's the first bus stop after the motorway junction with Santiago Ring. The bus stop is called Pasarela Pedro Jorquera. You should be able to see the typical Petrobras green and yellow banner in the distance.
Another option is to hitch just at the beginning of the motorway near the Pajaritos metro station, but there isn't too much space to pull over.
South towards Rancagua (Ruta 5)
Go to "San Bernardo" - either by Microbus or by hitchhiking. I hitch hiked there but had to wait 1 hour to get to San Bernardo.
There you will find a bus station next to the Ruta 5. Don't go there. Also don't go to the Ramp. The cars are just locals who won't go far.
BUT: Go to the main road of the Ruta 5. There will be a good spot to wait. The cars go damn fast, but there is space to pull over the car. One hitchhiker waited almost 1 hour to get out. Switching from the ramp to the side and the main road until finally a truck stopped for me.
North, nortwest towards La Serena (Ruta 5)
Go to "Puente Cal y Canto" metro station (2nd line) and find Avenida La Paz, follow this street to La Paz Terminal and from there take a bus with the sign "Panamericana" (800 pesos, if youre lucky - for free). Take a seat in front and search for a spot you like or ask the driver for "lugar para hacer dedo", perhaps he knows. There is for example one on-ramp near big truck station, cars are going about 60 - 70 km/h so its possible to hitchhike, I waited less then 30 min there.
North, northeast towards Los Andes, San Felipe and Mendoza (AR) (Ruta 57)
Take metro linea 2 up to the last station - Vespucio Norte, from there bus B18. Ask the driver to leave you on the road to Los Andes; most probably he will take you for free. You can hitch from there. NOTE: 22.05.2013 There are some works on the road, you can only cross from Chile to Argentina between 20 and 7 (Argentina to Chile: 8 to 19). All of the cars and trucks will be waiting in the same spot, so its crazy easy to find a ride to Mendoza, Buenos Aires or even Brasil once you get there.
It's a good idea to buy a Bip! card especially if you want to stay in the city for a few days. You don't need it to use the metro but there's no way to move around by buses without the card. You can buy it for example at the metro stations and it costs only 1350 pesos. The minimum top-up is 1000. Of course it works also with metro. The single bus ride costs 590 pesos, There is a possibility of two transfers with an additional cost of up to 80 pesos (depending on the hours). Check TranSantiago website for all the prices and transfers possible. You can use Google Maps as a public transport route planner.