Why You Should Visit Santiago
- Stroll along the labyrinth of walkways leading uphill to the top of Cerro Santa Lucia and take the cable car up to Cerro San Cristobal for superb panoramic vistas
- Visit the excellent Pre-Columbian art museum for a taste of Chile’s cultural history
- Head into the Andes for superb skiing at resorts such as Portillo and Valle Nevado
Our Specialists 'Must Do'
Santiago is a modern city and is easy to explore; head to the bohemian Lastarria and Bellavista districts, stroll along the alleys and take in the many boutiques and antique stores.
A little more about Santiago
Santiago de Chile is a modern, cosmopolitan capital city with much to offer the discerning traveller. Sandwiched between The Andes and the Pacific Ocean, South America’s fifth largest city commands a striking setting with a Mediterranean climate for much of the year.
Founded by the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia, Santiago boasts many cultural and historic sites, while there is a vast range of exciting outdoor activities from trekking to skiing (seasonal) that are easily accessed from the city. A vibrant city by day and night, there are more than enough high quality restaurants and bars to keep visitors well fed and watered during their stay.
To escape the bustle of the city head southeast to the Cajón del Maipú for horseriding and white water rafting, or east of the city and choose from a range of world-class ski resorts such as Valle Nevado and Portillo, a long-established haven for skiers and snowboarders from around the world.
Alternatively, sample world-class wines in the Central Valley winelands of Colchagua, Maipo and Casablanca to name but a few. Visitors may also wish to visit colourful, UNESCO-listed Valparaiso, an historic port around an hour's drive from the capital.
When to go
Santiago is a year round destination, enjoying hot temperatures from December to February. Those looking to ski, should note the season runs from late June to September.