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Surprising Santiago

The political, cultural, commercial and national capital of Chile, Santiago has a lot of cards in hand as well as hidden up its sleeve. Don’t be too quick to label it smoggy, dirty and loud – Santiago may be all those things, but if you keep playing the game it will surprise you with a royal flush of culture and excitement that’ll have you throwing around Chilean pesos like Monopoly money!

Santiago is littered with revealing historical buildings, including the Iglesia de San Francisco, dating back to the early days of Spanish settlement, and Teatro Municipal, a glorious concert hall indicative of the peak of Santiago’s power in the region. Once-heavily congested, Santiago Centro is now a pedestrian-friendly promenading haven, with its conservativeness offset by the artsy bohemian Barrio Brasil district. And if you haven’t called Santiago’s bluff already, check out Bellavista’s mouthwatering restaurant scene…

Santiago's Top 10

10. Estacion Mapocho This former train station has played host to some of the world’s biggest acts.

5. Plaza de Armas The main city square is home to some of Santiago’s most famous monuments.

9. Cerro Santa Lucia For the best view of Santiago, venture to the top of this hill.

4. Vina Undurraga A very old and very beautiful vineyard that produces some of Chile’s finest booze.

8. Cementerio General One of the largest cemeteries in Chile, and the resting place of some of the country’s most influential writers, actors and politicians.

3. Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino An enormous collection of Chilean artefacts and exhibits details the lives of natives before the Spanish arrived.

7. Casablanca Valley A rich wine-growing region famous for its potent reds.

2. Cerro San Cristobal This activity-packed hill has become synonymous with the city. It’s well worth the climb or, if you’re lazy, the funicular ride.

6. La Moneda The presidential palace’s exhibition hall details the history of the country and its often ill-fated leaders.

1. La Chascano Designed and lived in by Chilean idol and brilliant man of words, Pablo Neruda.

Santiago History

  • Museum of Memory and Human Rights – This recently opened museum recounts the horrors of the Pinochet regime.
  • La Chascona (Pablo Neruda's Home) – Explore one of the three homes owned by famed writer Pablo Neruda.
  • General Cemetery (Cementerio General) – Some of the most illustrious people in Chilean history have been laid to rest here.
  • Plaza de Armas – All destinations are measured from this central Santiago location, where the governor's mansion is located.
  • National Museum of History – Exhibits on display take visitors through the history of Chile.

Santiago Art & Culture

  • Galeria del Mundo Andino – This former art centre is now a gallery featuring the work of local artisans.
  • Museum of Pre-Columbian Art – Peruse this large collection of art and artefacts from the times before the Europeans.
  • Ralli Museum – Visit this museum to see the displays of modern Latin American art.
  • Museo de Artes Visuales – Another contemporary art museum with collections by Manuel Santa Cruz and Hugo Yuconi.
  • Museo Interactive Mirador – This Santiago museum will delight children for hours while they engage in the interactive displays.

Santiago Shopping

  • Los Dominicos Handicraft Village – This large area features local arts and crafts, as well as some specialty shops.
  • Bio-Bio Market – This is an open-air market that sells fresh food, clothing and musical instruments.
  • Central Market (Mercado Central) – You can enjoy the sounds of street musicians while you shop this fresh market known for its seafood.
  • Alto Los Condes – This popular mall is known for its upmarket boutique stores and quality merchandise.
  • La Vega Central – This Santiago flea market has a wide variety of locally produced wares for sale.

Gay & Lesbian Santiago

  • Club Ignorancia – One of the largest gay bars in Santiago.
  • Vox Populi – A gay bar and restaurant in the city.
  • Mascara – This is a lesbian bar and disco.
  • Amor del Bueno – This is another lesbian-centred bar in Santiago.
  • Thelonius – A gay-friendly jazz club with the best music in the city.

Santiago Outdoor

  • Parque O'Higgins – This very large park has playgrounds and gardens and a venue for concerts.
  • San Cristobal Hill – At the top of this hill are the most spectacular views of the city.
  • AndoAndes – This ecotourism company will lead you on a tour that focuses on the natural beauty and ecosystem of Chile.
  • Casablanca Valley – In addition to being a grape-growing area, the winery offers regular tastings.
  • Santiago On Bike – This company offers bike rentals and also tours of the city.

Santiago Sports

  • Skiing is a popular sport, and La Parva Ski Village is the Andes version of the Swiss Alps.
  • Watch football and cheer for the Santiago team, Colo Colo, one of the most successful teams in Chile.
  • Bicycling is both for sport and the commute, and the longest bike trail is America Vespuccio Road.
  • Rowing and canoeing is done at either Laguna Caren or Aculeo.
  • Horseback riding is also a popular sport, especially when the Chilean Rodeo is in town.

Santiago Events

The best of the international and Chilean jazz scene join together for Providencia International Jazz Festival in January, one of the best open-air jazz festivals in the world.

March to May sees a full season of concerts by the world-famous Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra for Concerts at Teatro Municipal.

For the Feast Day of the Virgen del Carmen in July, Chileans gather outside Santiago to undertake folkloric rites of passage – ending in dancing and feasting in true Chilean fashion.

The best in Chilean art, film and music come together in September for the Festival of Legends to pay tribute to the native legends of the indigenous Mapuche people

The streets are filled with music during October’s Columbus Day. The parade has locals donning traditional and period clothing

When To Go

December to March is by far the busiest time of year, as Chileans are taking holidays and tourists are drawn to the summer warmth.

Santiago is beautiful in October and November, when pleasant breezes keep the heat down.

Trekking and other outdoor activities aren’t recommended in the unpredictable winter weather.

Getting Around

Buses are reliable and routes stop by most major attractions.

The metro is the quickest way to get around Santiago. Stations are well maintained and often play host to rotating art exhibitions.

Walking is a great way to discover the city. To avoid looking too obviously ‘gringo’, have a map handy, but not open at all times.

Hotels in Santiago

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From US$116

1 Plaza El Bosque Ebro

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

Ebro 2828 Map

FREE WiFi and Parking

With its personalized high quality service, Plaza El Bosque Ebro offers staff who are highly prepared and trained to exceed each of the guest's expectations. GeneralPlaza El Bosque Ebro has nine... More

From US$83

2 Park Plaza Santiago

4 stars
4.7 / 5 6 reviews

Av. Ricardo Lyon 207 Map


Cordial hospitality and top quality services are offered to guests at Hotel Santiago Park Plaza to guarantee them the best stay. Centro Cultural Palacio de La Moneda, Chile's most exciting arts and... More

Great location in Santiago
Walking distance to major shopping centre. Had problem initially with booking but was sorted out with staff. Nice pool area. We had a late flight and the hotel offered late check out and free use...
23 Feb 2014
From US$112

3 Hotel Kennedy

4 stars
4.6 / 5 5 reviews

Avenida Kennedy 4570, Vitacura Map

FREE WiFi and Welcome Drink

Offering excellent friendly service and luxurious accommodation in a contemporary setting, Hotel Kennedy Santiago is just the place for you to relax. GeneralHotel Kennedy Santiago provides... More

From US$99

4 NH Collection Plaza Santiago

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

Av. Vitacura 2610 Map


Boasting contemporary accommodations and amenities like a full-service health club, complimentary high-speed Internet access and a beauty salon, the Plaza Santiago is the perfect choice for your... More

From US$120

5 Atton Vitacura

4 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

Vitacura 3201, Vitacura Map

FREE WiFi and Parking

Chic and contemporary, Atton Vitacura makes for an ideal base for urbane travellers visiting the capital of Chile. This modern hotel is within convenient distance of top Santiago attractions such... More

From US$76

6 Hotel Gen

4 stars
3.3 / 5 4 reviews

Portugal 415 Map

FREE WiFi + Welcome Drink + FREE Parking

Promoting sustainable tourism, Gen Suite & Spa Hotel Santiago provides environmentally and culturally friendly accommodations to business and leisure travellers visiting the Chilean capital. This... More

Was very good
Was good had a hiccup re the but was sorted quickly and without any problems.we are a group of four traveling, one of the group was not very pleasant but we found everything ok. And would recommend...
14 Sep 2014
From US$184

7 Hotel Boutique Le Reve

4 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

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A historical house offering stylish comfort in a charming neighbourhood of the Chilean capital, Le Reve Boutique Hotel Santiago can cater to the needs of discriminating travellers. This Santiago... More

Welcome and comfort at Hotel Boutique Le Reve
We had a lovely stay at this gorgeous hotel. Well located close to the river, restaurants and the metro. Staff were so keen to assist and make our stay comfortable. If you are sensitive to noise at...
10 Jan 2014
From US$240

8 The Singular Santiago Hotel

5 stars
Not yet reviewed

Merced 294 Map

Book 60 days in advance and save 10%

The Singular Santiago is a five-star luxury hotel located in the Lastarria Neighborhood in the heart of downtown Santiago. The hotel was designed specifically to fit seamlessly into this iconic... More

From US$103

9 La Sebastiana Suites

4 stars
4.6 / 5

San Sebastian 2727 Map


La Sebastiana Suites is located in the heart of the exclusive district El Golf, San Sebastian 2727. This famous area invites you to discover and enjoy the city, surrounded by excellent restaurants,... More

From US$105

10 Plaza El Bosque San Sebastian

4 stars
4.0 / 5 3 reviews

San Sebastian 2800 Map

FREE WiFi and Parking

Offering comfortable accommodations and personalized services, Plaza El Bosque Suites Hotel Santiago welcomes holidaymakers exploring the capital of Chile. From the hotel, guests can take relaxing... More

3 night stopover after touring SAm.
Stayed Dec 2013. Great hotel central to everything, walking or by train.
23 Mar 2015
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