A lively arts scene, breathtaking mountainous setting and rich cultural heritage combine in this Chilean capital city.
Santiago’s location in between the Andes and the Chilean Coastal Range gives the capital city a pleasant climate year-round. The city combines an impressive skyline and an abundance of green spaces, like the large Parque Metropolitano. While in the park, cool off with a dip in the Antilén and Tupahue pools, visit the National Zoo or hike to the top of the park’s hill to get a spectacular view of the city.
Delve into Chile’s rich history with a visit to the Palacio de la Moneda (Presidential Palace). Take a stroll through the “Heart of Santiago”, the beautiful Plaza de Armas, and admire palm trees, sculptures and old Spanish-style architecture. Take a guided tour through La Chascona, home of famous South American poet Pablo Neruda.
Admire Chile’s most renowned artists in the Museo de le Chilenidad and catch a live performance at the remarkable Municipal Theatre of Santiago (Teatro Municipal). For a taste of Chile’s contemporary art scene, the Centro Cultural Palacio la Moneda offers a variety of artistic and cultural exhibits.
Santiago is divided into neighbourhoods, each of which has a unique and distinctive character. The Vitacura area is home to a lively art scene, as well as an assortment of galleries, museums and fine restaurants. For a night on the town, visit Bellavista, which has eateries, bars and a thriving nightlife scene. The neighbourhoods of Brasil and Lastarria offer a bohemian vibe, as well as outdoor markets and events. Providencia, one of Santiago’s more commercial sectors, combines excellent shopping and lovely outdoor parks. Sip on Chilean wine and try local cuisine at open-air bistros and restaurants.
Located in Central Chile, Santiago is a 2.5-hour drive from the country's coastline, to the east. A 2.5-hour drive to the west is Argentina. Fly directly into Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, which is right outside the city, or catch a bus from most major South American cities. Purchase a Bip! card to get access to Santiago’s extensive and well-run public transportation system. For a nice daytrip, travel to the nearby coastal town of Valparaiso.