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SantiagoChile

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.

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Where to stay in Santiago

Lastarria, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, Chile

Lastarria

4.5/5Wonderful!(13 area reviews)

Travellers come to Lastarria for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Forest Park and Lastarria District while you're in town.

Lastarria
Bellavista, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, Chile

Bellavista

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 area reviews)

Bellavista is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Chilean National Zoo and La Chascona while you're in town.

Bellavista

Top hotels in Santiago

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal
Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal
4 out of 5
Armando Cortinez Norte 2150, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
Free cancellation
The price is NZ$218 per night from 3 Oct. to 4 Oct.

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

4.4/5Excellent! (999 reviews)

"we liked the proximity to the Airport. The staff were very helpful. The room was very comfortable, the meals very delicious and generous. Loved the quirky style of Hotel. Thought the free use of a computer bank was great especially as it was easily accessible."…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar. 2020

Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal
Presidente Suites Santiago
Presidente Suites Santiago
3.5 out of 5
Luis Thayer Ojeda 383, Providencia - Metro Tobalaba, Santiago, Region Metropolitana

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gran Torre Santiago and Costanera Center. Clinica Santa Maria is 2 mi (3.3 km) away. Tobalaba ...

4.3/5Excellent! (302 reviews)

"The location is ecellent, a quiet, tree-lined suburban street, just two short blocks walk to the main street in Providencia. Lovely, small cafes and restaurants in surrounding streets. You don't feel as though you are in a big city...and yet you are."…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar. 2020

Presidente Suites Santiago
Hotel Diego de Almagro Aeropuerto - Santiago
Hotel Diego de Almagro Aeropuerto - Santiago
3.5 out of 5
Avda. Américo Vespucio Oriente, 1299, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is NZ$122 per night from 27 Sep. to 28 Sep.

Located in Pudahuel, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Museo Ferroviario, Parque Quinta Normal and University of Santiago-Chile. Mall Plaza Oeste and Hipodromo ...

4.1/5Very Good! (995 reviews)

"It was ok, nothing to write home about."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar. 2020

Hotel Diego de Almagro Aeropuerto - Santiago

Holiday Rentals in Santiago

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
ApartViews Cordillera
ApartViews Cordillera
3.5 out of 5
republica arabe de egipto 670, las condes, Santiago, 932250000
The price is NZ$76 per night from 25 Oct. to 26 Oct.

Situated in the business district, this condo is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Apumanque and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Costanera Center. KidZania Santiago and Parque Arauco ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)

"El lugar está muy bien ubicado, cuenta con estacionamiento. El dpto está con accesorios nuevos y está impecable, baño perfectamente danitizado y excelente vista a la cordillera. A mejorar la calidad de colchon es realmente deficiente por lo blando y que se demorarán menos en atender, a pesar ser ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 May 2020

ApartViews Cordillera
Norus Apartments Las Condes
Norus Apartments Las Condes
3.5 out of 5
Republica Arabe de Egipto 670, Las Condes, Santiago
The price is NZ$81 per night from 30 Sep. to 1 Oct.

Situated in the business district, this apartment building is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Parque Arauco Mall and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Costanera Center. Santa Lucia Hill ...

4.1/5Very Good! (34 reviews)

"Very clean, friendly staff and good location away from the city. Strongly recommend"…"

Reviewed on 25 Jan. 2020

Norus Apartments Las Condes
BMB Suites Apartments
BMB Suites Apartments
3 out of 5
Huerfanos 1400, Of 214 Torre B, Santiago, Region Metropolitana

Located in Downtown Santiago, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Former National Congress and Plaza de Armas. Clinica Santa Maria and Movistar ...

3.8/5Good! (65 reviews)
Like basic student living

"This is not a hotel, it's a residential building with 4 towers. The hotel 'reception' is an apartment. Tight space, we came across a cockroach, there was no aircon and the bathroom fan was making a really loud noise."…"

Reviewed on 16 Nov. 2018

BMB Suites Apartments

Popular places to visit in Santiago

Costanera Center
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Costanera Center

4/5(26 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(56 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

3.5/5(23 reviews)

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

Santa Lucia Hill
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Santa Lucia Hill

4.5/5(32 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.

San Cristobal Hill
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San Cristobal Hill

4.5/5(35 reviews)

Visit this picturesque hilltop and urban park, which has spectacular city views, walking trails, botanical gardens and family-friendly activities.

University of Chile
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University of Chile

3.5/5(9 reviews)

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

Top activities in Santiago

Full Day Trip to Valparaíso & Viña del Mar from Santiago
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Full Day Trip to Valparaíso & Viña del Mar from Santiago

NZ$59
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Tour of Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar
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Full-Day Tour of Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar

NZ$146
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Coastal Viña del Mar & Historic Valparaiso
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Coastal Viña del Mar & Historic Valparaiso

NZ$67
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Private City Tour for Airport Layover Passengers
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Private City Tour for Airport Layover Passengers

NZ$126
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Full Day Trip to Valle Nevado & Farellones from Santiago
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Full Day Trip to Valle Nevado & Farellones from Santiago

NZ$43
Per adult
Santiago: Bali Hai Dinner & Show Including Transport
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Santiago: Bali Hai Dinner & Show Including Transport

NZ$185
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Santiago

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 17.857142857142858%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 53.57142857142857%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 18.75%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 8.035714285714286%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.7857142857142858%

2/5 - Disappointing

Aurora

19 Mar. 2020

Dont visit Santiago on Mondays as major sites are closed for maintenance. ie Museums, Monuments etc, Cablecar for San Cristobal. Was in Santiago less than an hour, and my bag was nearly stolen in Starbucks, staff stopped the culprit. Felt unsafe

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

20 Feb. 2020

It’s not somewhere I will come again The place was filthy streets stank like urine Graffiti everywhere literally everywhere Beggars and homeless everywhere Half the bus stops I passed had been burnt down Very dirty city unattractive

2/5 - Disappointing

Trevor

7 Feb. 2020

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

30 Jan. 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

26 Jan. 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

16 Jan. 2020

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

Cities near Santiago

National Museum of Natural History which includes interior views

Las Rejas

Providencia which includes street scenes, a sporting event and cycling

Providencia

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