Santiago, Chile

Santiago

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.

Santiago de Chile is a modern, cosmopolitan capital city with much to offer the discerning traveller. 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.

Cajon del Maipo, Chile
Cajon del Maipo, Chile

A little more about Santiago and Cajón del Maipú

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.

Atacama Sunset, Chile
Chile

Highlights of Chile

Explore the length of this filament of a country, full of vast and varied landscapes, from the finger-like granite peaks of the Torres del Paine National Park in the south to the lunar-like Atacama Desert in the north, with time spent among the snow-capped volcanoes and hot springs of the Chilean Lake District.

11 days

from £6,995 pp

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Experiences

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Natural History Museum, Quinta Normal Park, Santiago, Chile

Museum Visits in Santiago

Explore the fascinating Museum of Pre-Columbian Art for an insight into Chile’s highly spiritual cultural history.

Santiago, Chile

Discover Santiago

Stroll along the walkways that lead up to the top of Cerro Santa Lucia or take a cable car to Cerro San Cristobal to take in superb panoramic vistas.

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Ski resort, Valle Nevado, Chile

Go Skiing in the Andes

Journey into the Andes to partake in world-renowned skiing at resorts such as Portillo and Valle Nevado.

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Santiago, Chile

See Santiago by Skyscraper

If you have a head for heights, a trip to the top of the Costanera Centre, Santiago’s 1,000-foot-tall skyscraper, showcases 360-degree views of the city.

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Cajon del Maipo Canyon, Chile

Visit to Cajon Del Maipo

Venture to the stunning gorge that is a renowned mecca for outdoor adventures and home to the El Morado Natural Monument.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Cumbres Lastarria £££££

  • Chile
  • City

Cumbres Lastarria is located in the historic, bohemian neighbourhood of Lastarria in Santiago, Chile’s capital city. A quiet location on a pedestrianized street but walking distance to many cafes and restaurants. The hotel is modern and fresh with 70 rooms and suites. There is a Spanish restaurant in the lobby as well as a stunning Mediterranean restaurant on the eighth floor offering fabulous views. There is also a rooftop pool and terrace, a great place for relaxing.

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Casa Bueras Boutique Hotel £££££

  • Chile
  • City

Set within an elegantly converted mansion that dates back to 1927, Casa Bueras Boutique Hotel is a home from home nestled within the heart of Santiago’s chic Lastarria neighbourhood. Its romantic architectural aesthetics are amplified by the presence of a sweeping marble staircase, parquet flooring, and a small private courtyard garden that boasts a glistening pool and enchanting living walls where indigenous plant life thrives. Its 14 rooms artfully combine contemporary design aesthetics with traditional touches, and some even feature large balconies, antiques and lofty ceilings. A menu of light dishes and complimentary afternoon tea is served to be taken in the lounge or in a sunny garden spot on the al fresco dining terrace before heading out to explore the boho barrio.

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Hotel Le Reve £££££

  • Chile
  • City

Located in the heart of Providencia District, Hotel Le Reve is close to restaurants, theatres and many of the city’s other highlights. A boutique mansion property that has been beautifully restored while retaining much of its original French architecture, it offers 31 en suite rooms and suites, all elegantly decorated in a French style with interesting antiques and rich colour schemes throughout.

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The Singular Santiago £££££

  • Chile
  • City

Positioned in Santiago’s historic and bohemian neighbourhood of Lastarria, The Singular Santiago fuses neoclassical architectural influences with contemporary artworks and sleek interior aesthetics. Its chic rooftop boasts a sophisticated bar and a dazzling plunge pool, while its award-winning chandelier-clad restaurant offers one of the most memorable French culinary experiences in the city.

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Paul Bird

Combining the arid Atacama Desert and iconic Torres Del Paine National Park in Patagonia, the dramatic contrasts of its landscapes make Chile one of Paul’s most treasured travel destinations.

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