Changing money

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Toonsarah Toonsarah
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Where to change money Oct 28, 2016
It’s quite hard to get Chilean pesos ahead of your trip and also not advised, as exchange rates outside the country are very poor. But when we first arrived in Santiago we found it a bit of a challenge to change some of the US dollars we were carrying into pesos. We hadn't done so at the airport as we knew the rates would be less favourable and also that we would find exchange bureaus near our hotel as there are several near Manuel Montt Metro station. However, although it was only about 4.00 PM when we ventured out to visit these, they had already closed for the day, as had the banks. So we used plastic to pay for dinner that evening and the next morning tried again. The banks open at 9.00 AM but the exchange bureaus, which we would have used as a preference, were still closed at 9.30 and we wanted to get on with some sightseeing, so a bank it had to be. The first one we tried, Santander, had a very long queue controlled by numbered tickets (they were serving #12, we would have been #35, and only one person was serving!) At the second bank, Itau, we were told they could only change money for us if we had an account at the bank, which of course we didn't. But in the third, Scotiabank, we struck lucky – no problem serving non-customers and only one person ahead of us in the queue. Money changing sorted, eventually!
Don't try to change money here
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