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 <note tip>Tip 2:  Very few people here speak English. I’d bought a small travellers Latin American phrasebook in the airport, and it looked like it was a very prudent buy. That, a large smile and ‘Gracias’ were going to be overly-used.</​note>​ <note tip>Tip 2:  Very few people here speak English. I’d bought a small travellers Latin American phrasebook in the airport, and it looked like it was a very prudent buy. That, a large smile and ‘Gracias’ were going to be overly-used.</​note>​
  
-The journey to the hotel took us along a dual carriageway,​ and into the city. Our first view of Santiago was of rows of shacks on the side of drainage canals. These were the dwellings of obviously very poor people. There were also side-roads covered in rubbish. Santiago could turn out to be a bit of a culture shock.[{{ :​holidays:​abroad:​peru:​santiago_square.jpg|}}Main Square Santiago ]+The journey to the hotel took us along a dual carriageway,​ and into the city. Our first view of Santiago was of rows of shacks on the side of drainage canals. These were the dwellings of obviously very poor people. There were also side-roads covered in rubbish. Santiago could turn out to be a bit of a culture shock.[{{ :​holidays:​abroad:​peru:​santiago_square.jpg|Main Square Santiago ​}}]
  
 We were staying in central Santiago, at the Amistar Apart Hotel, just off Miraflores. We’d booked it through www.hotels.com,​ at a very reasonable rate.  So the first surprise was being dropped off at a decidedly grotty front reception desk with a grumpy front desk porter at a building labelled ‘Infinity Apartments’. It was obviously a place where people lived, too. But it was the right place – he phoned an office, and a really friendly man came and took us to a separate office in one of the four towers that made up the apartment block. ​ We were staying in central Santiago, at the Amistar Apart Hotel, just off Miraflores. We’d booked it through www.hotels.com,​ at a very reasonable rate.  So the first surprise was being dropped off at a decidedly grotty front reception desk with a grumpy front desk porter at a building labelled ‘Infinity Apartments’. It was obviously a place where people lived, too. But it was the right place – he phoned an office, and a really friendly man came and took us to a separate office in one of the four towers that made up the apartment block. ​
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