SantiagoChile

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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.

Santiago Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Santiago

Lastarria featuring café scenes and street scenes as well as a large group of people

Lastarria

4.5/5Wonderful!(13 area reviews)

Lastarria
Bellavista which includes outdoor art and street scenes

Bellavista

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 area reviews)

Bellavista

Top hotels in Santiago

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal
Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal
3.5 out of 5
Armando Cortinez Norte 2150, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
NZ$261
per night
Feb 24 - Feb 25

Located in Pudahuel, this hotel is within 12 miles (20 km) of Templo Votivo de Maipu, Plaza de Armas and University of Chile. Palacio de la Moneda and Hipodromo ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,707 reviews)

"So convenient to the airport and airport services such as bus to city, cabs etc. Food was very good quality, we stayed for 4 nights, ate dinner twice, lunch twice and breakfast 3 times. Used the pool. All excellent amenities and service. Major downside that prevents me from rating as excellent, was ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb. 2020

Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal
Hyatt Place Santiago/Vitacura
Hyatt Place Santiago/Vitacura
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Americo Vespucio Norte 1597, Vitacura, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
NZ$129
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Situated in Santiago, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Parque Arauco Mall and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Costanera Center. Bicentennial Park and Clinica Alemana ...

4.4/5Excellent! (861 reviews)

"The building is nice, rooms are comfortable, staff is very friendly. There are good restaurants nearby, several."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jan. 2020

Hyatt Place Santiago/Vitacura
Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport
3.5 out of 5
Americo Vespucio Ave 1292, Pudahuel, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
NZ$148
per night
Feb 21 - Feb 22

Located in Pudahuel, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Templo Votivo de Maipu, University of Chile and Palacio de la Moneda. O'Higgins Park and University ...

4.3/5Excellent! (886 reviews)

"The breakfast is not free , should be noted at purchase time. Normally Hilton has free breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb. 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport

Popular activities in Santiago

Costanera Center
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Costanera Center

4.5/5(22 reviews)

Discover hundreds of retail outlets, cafés and restaurants, and see one of South America’s tallest buildings at this modern retail and business center.

Plaza de Armas
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Plaza de Armas

4/5(51 reviews)

This historic central square is home to magnificent works of architecture, museums and a nice blend of city workers, street performers and artisans. 

Palacio de la Moneda
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Palacio de la Moneda

4/5(21 reviews)

Visit the courtyards of this magnificent neoclassical palace, watch the changing of the guard ceremony and enjoy contemporary and visual art exhibitions.

University of Chile
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University of Chile

4/5(8 reviews)

Look around the historical buildings of Chile’s principal university for a glimpse into the lives of the local students and researchers.

Santa Lucia Hill
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Santa Lucia Hill

4.5/5(29 reviews)

Climb the elegant stairs to the top of this central hill to enjoy panoramic views of Santiago and admire the ornate fountains, flower displays and amphitheater.

University of Santiago, Chile
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University of Santiago, Chile

4/5(6 reviews)

Explore Chile’s oldest public university and enjoy free concerts and cultural events at this historic educational institution.

Top activities in Santiago

Coastal Viña del Mar & Historic Valparaiso
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Coastal Viña del Mar & Historic Valparaiso

NZ$69

Explore the Chilean coast with a guided tour of 2 of the country’s seaside gems—the charming hillside port city of Valparaiso and picturesque beachfront Viña del Mar.

Santiago City Tour & Santa Lucía Hill
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Santiago City Tour & Santa Lucía Hill

NZ$42

We invite you to discover Santiago, a cosmopolitan city which has become one of South America’s most modern hubs. Described by the international media as a surprising destination, Santiago stands out for being a cosmopolitan and modern city that perfectly combines its traditions with a modern outlook.

Cajon del Maipo Roadtrip
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Cajon del Maipo Roadtrip

NZ$168

Get out of the city for a full day exploring the spectacular natural scenery of Cajón del Maipo. Take in the fragrant mountain air and dramatic landscapes, and make a visit to the traditional town of San José de Maipo, where you learn some of the region's local customs.

Santiago: Small-Group Foodies and Sights Walking Tour
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Santiago: Small-Group Foodies and Sights Walking Tour

NZ$119

Meet your guide at La Moneda in the Plaza de la Constitucion, a popular and iconic local gathering place, and head to the neighbourhood of La Alameda, distinguished by its gorgeous architecture that blends the new and old.

Private City Tour for Airport Layover Passengers
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Private City Tour for Airport Layover Passengers

NZ$132

Make the most of your layover at Santiago International Airport (SCL) with a private tour of the Chilean capital. This comprehensive excursion takes you to all the city's must-see sights and drops you back at the airport in plenty of time to catch your next flight.

Old Town Santiago Highlights
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Old Town Santiago Highlights

NZ$116

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: La Vega Central, Davila Baeza 700, Santiago 8320000 Chile La Vega Central is the oldest fresh market in Santiago.

Reviews of Santiago

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
20
5 - Excellent 18.867924528301888%
4 - Good
56
4 - Good 52.83018867924528%
3 - Okay
21
3 - Okay 19.81132075471698%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 6.60377358490566%
1 - Terrible
2
1 - Terrible 1.8867924528301887%

2/5 - Disappointing

Trevor

Feb 7, 2020

Found it hard to get served as we could not speak Spanish in the shops

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 30, 2020

We like Santiago, this is our third time in Chile and have enjoyed our previous stays. This visit was only for transit

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 26, 2020

There were some demonstrations going on so we could not visit Santiago fully. However, it was the visit to the Andes which was amazing

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Jan 16, 2020

Pretty seedy in down town. Lots of graffiti everywhere. Banks and hotels boarded up

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 29, 2019

Barrio Italia was amazing and really worth a visit. The bars and restaurants of Bellavista are also great.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Nov 28, 2019

It’s not itself with all the demonstrations, graffiti messages and protesting going on - so my experience was not pleasant but I will return one day to see what the real Santiago is like.

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