2.1 miles from downtown
A 24-hour hive of activity. During the day, errand-running Santiaguinos scuttle past busy cafés. Cash registers at the Drugstore Mall and Costanera Center ker-ching with the sound of retail therapy. And at nightfall, fun-seekers quaff cocktails on busy Orrego Luco Street, before moseying down to Bellavista for a late-night boogie.
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History is everywhere here. Go and see for yourself from the top of Santa Lucia Hill. Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral impose with old-world grandeur, and Palacio de la Moneda bears the scars of conflicts past. And for a trip back to the days before cameraphones – and even conquistadors – head to the Museum of Pre-Colombian Art.
Places to stay from $12 a night
4.9 miles from downtown
Money flows like the rushing Mapocho here. Known affectionately as “Sanhattan”, this area’s high-rise flats are home to Santiago’s well-heeled and well-paid. Contribute to the cash flow by splashing some pesos in Parque Arauco Mall and Los Domínicos Market. Or climb up to Aguas de Ramón Park to breathe the mountain air high above the rat race.
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3.2 miles from downtown
They say money doesn’t grow on trees. But it does in El Bosque! This business district’s name translates as “the forest”. It’s an urban “woodland” where shiny skyscraper trunks sprout from the concrete, and sharp-suited professionals scurry from metro to office – all under the shade of the mighty glass redwood that is Gran Torre Santiago.
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0.8 miles from downtown
Bellavista brims with bohemian charm. Sleepy streets and colourful houses hold artists’ studios and indie theatres. Snap up a lapis lazuli trinket before coming over all poetic at Pablo Neruda’s old pad. Scale San Cristobal Hill for a peerless panorama and come back down to earth with a bump (or a hefty glass of “piscola”) in a Bellavista bar.
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5.1 miles from downtown
The whiff of privilege is everywhere in leafy Vitacura. On Nueva Costanera Street, stiletto-sporting “señoritas” totter past designer outlets. Impeccably uniformed schoolchildren march to and from their private academies and gardeners trim the lawns outside plush abodes. And in Parque Bicentenario, joggers and dog walkers lap up a life of leisure.
Places to stay from $52 a night
0.7 miles from downtown
The other side of the river. That’s what the indigenous Mapuche used to call Recoleta, and it’s where they were sent to live once Santiago was claimed for Spain. Today’s Recoletanos hail from all over Latin America, giving the place a cosmopolitan splash of colour. Speaking of colours, La Vega Market is a veritable artist’s palette of fresh fruit.
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3.5 miles from downtown
This district takes its name from the exclusive Los Leones Golf Club. Once known for its elegant townhouses, that image was shanked into the rough when urban planners built upwards and multinationals set up shop in the resulting skyscrapers. There’s a smattering of embassies too, ensconced in what’s left of El Golf’s old mansions.
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High rise buildings and a criss-cross of streets, Santiago is a portrait of a pulsing metropolis framed by the mighty Andes. The capital of Chile has something for everyone – be it history, culture, food or adventure.
The journey to explore Santiago begins from the central square of the city, known as the Plaza de Armas. This historical place was once used for public executions but has now become a popular place to relax. Surrounded by historical and cultural landmarks like the Royal Court Palace and the Metropolis Cathedral, you can travel back in time with a visit to the National Museum of Natural History located in the Royal Court Palace. Later, you can stop at the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral to view its ornate frescoes.
Owing to its coastal location, Santiago has a thriving fishing industry and a variety of seafood dishes to offer. From razor clams, crab and lobster pies to eel soup and sea urchin, Chilean cuisine provides a varied platter of seafood. You can try Sopa Patagonica, a soup with pork, mixed with shrimp and mussels served with Chilean potatoes. If seafood is not your thing, then try ordering a parrillada – a skillet full of meat including chicken sausages, bacon and steak.
A small distance away from Santiago lies Valle Nevado, a skiing spot in the heart of the Andes. Whether you're a pro at skiing or a beginner, you'll find something for your level. This location offers hiking and biking options during the summer months.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
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|Average weekday price||$97 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
Beautiful city and people. A lot to do in and around the city. Great food everywhere and very lively night life (such as the Lasterria area). But visitors (especially foreigners) should be on guard of thieves and pick pocketers. We had the unfortunate experience of being targeted by those people in Valparaiso. They managed to deflate one of our tires and, while pretend to help, stole all our bags containing our cards/cash. Our car rental company was not helpful at all. Left us without any money or means of accessing money with a temporary tire and 120km away from Santiago. Just need to be care so not to let such things ruin your otherwise great experience.
The sights are good, parliament square, cathedral and post office worth a visit. San Franciso Church and museum are worth a visit, nice gardens with peacocks and art displays. Note - there are usually 2 prices on display for entrance fees, one for locals and one for tourists. It's a big city but totally walkable, youll get your steps in. The views from the funicular and cable car are excellent - book online to avoid the massive queues. The walk up to the Virgin Mary statue is lovely and it was nice to sit and relax while listening to the impromptu singers below. The locals didn't recommend a visit to the zoo because of poor conditions. The streets downtown are bustling, full of people and traders. Its great to sit in the main square and people watch. Little London and Little Paris were quaint and worth a mooch. Everything seemed to be a similar price to the UK. We were advised by friends and hotel staff not to wear jewellery while in town, or get your phone or a map out, and to wear a back pack on your front, to keep safe, basically try not to look like a tourist. To be fair we felt safe and didn’t see any problems but we took the advice. Remember to look up, lots of lovely architecture is above your head but also remember to look down, there are lots of stray dogs on the streets. We took taxis arranged by our hotel when we wanted to explore further. Las Condes was a really up market area of Santiago with modern buildings and a brilliant high end mall with lovely eating places. We didn't have time to try as many as we would have liked - absolutely recommend the Japanese and Peruvian restaurants. It felt completely safe there, easy to walk around and a buzzing atmosphere with live music every night. Wine tasting in Casa del Bosque, just outside Santiago was expensive but brilliant - the food, wine, pisco sours and service were exceptional.
What a great and diverse city. Walk the old city center and as many of the city neighborhoods as possible. The Hop On/Off buses stop at most of them. Uber drivers are also available in abundance, and are affordable. Eateries are everywhere however we kept it close to our hotel in the modern north east part of the city. Great day trips to to the mountains or the ocean / Valparaiso are available thru Turistik are a must if you have the time.
marvelous and comparatively cheap city, many types of restaurants, on the negative side: all museums, cable car and funicular closed on Sundays, although Hop-on Hop-off bus works, despite the fact that you cannot do anything else
One day (or one and a half) is enough to see the main attractions of Santiago - unless you're going to visit the museums. You can stay for a couple of day more if you want to wander a bit further (at Valparaiso/Viña del mar, or for a walk in the Andes at the east of the city) (The weather was bad and the museums were in the middle of a strike during my time here. This might affect my opinion of how Santiago really is for tourism)
There is a lot of misinformation about Santiago out there. Contrary to what you will read on line, the city is not dangerous (at least in the tourist areas) and it is definitely not boring. The city is very clean (no litter) (although there is too much graffiti). The people are wonderfully polite and helpful. And, most importantly, there is a lot to see and do, starting with Cerro Santa Lucia and Cerro San Cristobal. Both are a short walk from the center of the historic downtown and both are worth the ascent. . And there is a lot of great food to eat (despite -- or maybe "because of" -- your call -- the love that Chilenos have for huge amounts of mayonnaise on hot dogs and hamburgers).
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