The best way to get from the airport downtown is a private taxi. This should cost around US$10 or so. It’s a good deal.
When you go through passport control, you should see a kiosk on your left for Turbus. You should go there and either take a Turbus or use TransVIP, which shares the booth.
TransVip is a hair cheaper than Turbus and both are good quality.
The TransVip website’s online booking doesn’t always work. If it doesn’t, you can book via email.
Just be sure to avoid the assertive taxi drivers everywhere! They’re persistent.
Santiago has great hotel choices, among the best in Latin America.
In the less-than-US$100 range, the Four Points by Sheraton in El Centro is among your best choices for a good hotel in Santiago.
The Sheraton Inn is a little further along the beaten path but is also nice and has periodic deals bringing it to less than US$100 per night.
On the pricier side, in Las Condes, a more upscale neighborhood and business district, you’d do well at the Hyatt Regency or the San Cristobal Towers.
Both are usually under US$200 per night.
If you’re going to splurge, the best hotels in Santiago are the Ritz Carlton and the W Santiago. Room rates are above US$300.
Below are some suggestions for how to spend a long weekend in Santiago.
Day 1 Morning
Spend the morning sightseeing in Santiago.
Day 1 Afternoon
Take a Concha y Toro winery tour on a half-day trip from Santiago.
Days 2 and 3
Visit wineries to the south of Santiago like Montes and Cas Lapostolle.
Santa Cruz hotel is a good choice for accommodation.
Visit Vina del Mar and Valparaiso on a day trip from Santiago.