The bustling capital of Santiago Chile shows off artsy cafe culture, classy suburbs and a bright
Santiago Chile nightlife. There is a real bohemian buzz
about the place. The real delight for many visitors to
Santiago de Chile is that surrounding the capital city
are the prominent Andes mountain ranges, the second highest
mountain range in the world.
The best time to visit is between September-April when
consistently pleasant temperatures enable you to best
explore this metropolis. Santiago hosts a number of annual
Agricultural festivals and international fairs throughout
the year. In early November, there is the Feria de Libro
(book festival) and leading up to Easter is the holy festival
of Semana Santa.
Easy to get to, Santiago is very well serviced with
flights from major cities across South America, U.S hubs
Angeles and Miami.
Europe is served with flights from Madrid
The epicenter of Santiago Chile is El Centro where the majority of colonial era public buildings and shopping malls are situated around Plaza de Armas. There are plenty of nearby shopping excursions to be had at modern boutique shops and trendy designer outlets. Craft markets selling pottery and jewelry stores can be found interspersed throughout the city. The largest craft selection can be found in Las Condes at the Dominican monastery.
Travel to Santiago and you will see that the city boasts a number of museums full of indigenes artifacts paying homage to pre-Colombian civilization. The National History Museum charts the ancient history of the distinct geographic regions of the Andes and is situated in the old Royal Customs House built in 1805. A day tour of Santiago should encompass at least one museum and will allow you to explore the political and socialist history of the General Pinochet regime. Santiago Chile also boasts a number of open green spaces. The Cerro Santa Lucia is set amongst palatial fountains allowing respite from the hustle and bustle of the streets. Meanwhile Parque Metropolitano is the capitals largest park complete with botanical garden, pools and an art museum.
Other attractions for tourists likely to be well received are the number of great restaurants and cafes around Santiago’s central and Barrio Brasil districts. Dinning out is a key feature of the Santiago Chile nightlife and the best diner experience can be found again at the bohemian Barrio Brasil and Barrio Bellavista. With a lively bar and club scene Santiago Chile nightlife is a hot ticket. Heaving with revealers the districts of Barrio Bellavista, Brasil and Providencia showcase the best of the Chilean party scene.
Surrounding Santiago Chile are the popular ski resorts of El Colorado and Farellones. These open slopes sit around 3000 meters high and are only within an hour’s drive of the capital. The Chilean ski resorts surrounding Santiago de Chile are best visited between June-August. Travel to Santiago would not be complete without visiting the wine producing valleys around the city. This fertile region produces world famous wine is one of the top tourist attractions in Chile. Just south of Santiago de Chile is the country’s oldest and largest vineyard of Concha y Toro. The vineyard offers tasting sessions and Spanish or English language tours of the distillery. Many companies in Santiago will offer day trips out to the vineyards and can easily be arranged from your hotel or a tourist centre.
In addition to great wine tasting and skiing, the Rio Maipo Canyon is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike day tripping or looking for weekend adventure activities. With hiking, mountain biking and white water rafting, full day trips usually including lunch allow you to enjoy a variety of activities and take a break from the capital. There are also accommodation options here with alpine chalets and riverside campsites that make a great alternative to staying purely in the capital. Just a short time out of Santiago Chile, Vina del Mar serves as the nearest beach getaway.