The Sights and Sounds of Santiago Chile Part 2

In Part 1 of The Sights and Sounds of Santiago Chile, I gave you a tour of what I encountered during my short 11 layover on my previous trip. This was my fourth time visiting Santiago, Chile and I’ve seen pretty much everything that a tourist should see. I’ve always wanted to visit the Western part of the capital which is also known as the ghetto part of Chile. I had a short 10 hour layover, so I needed to make the most of time. My journey took me to Parajitos, Las Rejas, Ecuador, San Alberto Hurtado, Universidad de Santiago, and ending at Estacion Central.

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I took the CentroPuerto bus from Santiago’s International Airport (SCL) and I got off at the Parajitos metro station.


Parajitos is in a dodgy neighborhood full of graffiti and street vendors hawking their wares.

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I was amazed to see gambling going on in a shop called Juegos Electronicos. These are basically mom and pop shop mini casinos and they only have slot machines.

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I tried my luck and actually won a little bit $5 USD worth! The machines only accept coins, so you’d have to change your bills at the cage (the owner). 100 Chilean pesos ~ ($0.17 USD or 17 cents) is the minimum bet which is pretty cheap.


I continued walking to Las Rejas metro station which featured the Instituto de Santiago (Institute of Santiago) building.

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There were also various paintings and artwork being sold outside.


I walked east towards the San Alberto Hurtado metro station which featured structural spires.

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Nearby were several bus stations such as the Terminal de Buses Estacion Central and Terminal Alameda.

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There was a food court inside the bus station terminal along with small shops.

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I couldn’t believe there were slot machines located in the bus station itself. There was a moneychanger wearing green who would change your bills to coins and vice versa.


I stumbled upon the Universidad de Santiago metro stationwhere there was a left luggage service called Custodia de Equipajes.

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There were several shopping centers near the metro station including Avenida Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins (an indoor flea market), Mall Plaza Alameda, and Paseo Arauco Estacion.

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My favorite part about this 20 minute walk from Parajitos was reaching the Estacion Central metro station. Estacion Central is also a building and has an indoor food court.

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There was also a beautiful outdoor water fountain display.


The best part about Estacion Central was the outdoor flea market with hundreds of shops at non-touristy prices.

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Nearby Estacion Central is an indoor mall called Portal Edwards if you need to cool off from the heat outside the flea market.



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