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Santiago

Travel Guide
National History Museum featuring a city and street scenes

The capital city of Chile is famous for its colonial-era architecture, lively arts scene and breathtaking mountain scenery.

Santiago is dynamic, historic and entertaining with its art galleries and theaters, colonial architecture and modern shopping districts. Nestled between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, the picturesque Chilean capital has a pleasant temperate climate year-round.

Santiago’s heart is Plaza de Armas, an animated square surrounded by historical monuments. Visit the Catedral de Santiago and the National History Museum, housed in the elegant Palacio de la Real Audiencia. Sit at a café terrace and observe street performers, artisans and preachers. Discover ancient Latin American cultures at the nearby Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

Walk along the pedestrianized commercial street Paseo Ahumada to the iconic Santiago Stock Exchange Building. Tour the Palacio de la Moneda and see the visual arts exhibitions at the Centro Cultural La Moneda. Browse the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural in Quinta Normal Park.

Escape the city’s bustle at Parque Forestal and visit the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo. Sample local seafood, such as picocoros, at the Mercado Central. Explore the bohemian Bellavista neighborhood and visit La Chascona, the former home of the famous poet Pablo Neruda. Ride the funicular up to Cerro San Cristóbal for views of Santiago’s skyline and the Andes.

For more excellent views, climb Cerro Santa Lucía, where Pedro de Valdivia founded Santiago. See the nearby 16th-century Iglesia San Francisco and the Teatro Municipal de Santiago. The modern Providencia neighborhood is home to the mall and skyscrapers of the Costanera Center.

Santiago is a 2.5-hour drive from the Chilean coast and the border of Argentina. You can fly to Santiago Airport or take a long-distance bus from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil or Peru.

Although relatively wealthy for a Latin American city, Santiago still has poverty. Take all regular precautions to have an enjoyable experience without incidents. Purchase a Bip!-card to make the most of Santiago’s comprehensive public transport system. Don’t miss the mural by Mario Toral at the Universidad de Chile metro station, symbolizing Chile’s past oppression and newfound freedom of expression.

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Where to stay in Santiago

Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Convention Center
Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Convention Center
4 out of 5
Ave Santa Maria 1742, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$120 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Santiago hotel is located in the mountains, within 1 mi (2 km) of Uruguay Park, Costanera Center and Clinica Santa Maria. Plaza de Armas ...
4/5Very Good! (221 reviews)
"Exceptional. Professional staff and great restaurant. Pleasant stay."

Reviewed on 30 Jun,2021

Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Convention Center
ICON Hotel
ICON Hotel
4 out of 5
Av. Alonso de Cordova 6050, Las Condes, Santiago
The price is SG$135 per night from 3 Aug to 3 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in the business district, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Apumanque and Parque Arauco Mall. Pueblito Los Dominicos and Alto Las Condes are also ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (981 reviews)
"Rooms are decent, facilities are adequate for a comfortable stay for business or vacations. Check-in and Check-Out processes are time consuming. Service and Attitude of the Staff have a long way to go to keep Customers happy."

Reviewed on 17 Jul,2021

ICON Hotel
Mandarin Oriental, Santiago
Mandarin Oriental, Santiago
5 out of 5
Kennedy Avenue #4601, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$267 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Conveniently near to skiing facilities, this Santiago hotel is located next to a golf course, within 3 miles (5 km) of Parque Arauco Mall and Costanera Center, ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (442 reviews)
"Maravilloso vista, me sentí en un lugar mágico y la comida es de un nivel superior"

Reviewed on 10 Jul,2021

Mandarin Oriental, Santiago
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Time Suite
Time Suite
4 out of 5
Callao 2988, Las Condes, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is SG$122 per night from 20 Aug to 20 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Peru Plaza and Costanera Center. Los Leones Golf Club and Vivo Panorámico are ...
4.2/5Excellent! (202 reviews)
Great location1
"the rooms were comfortable, the pool in the rooftop looks better in the pictures but is ok. The location is great,very convenient area!"

Reviewed on 7 Jan,2020

Time Suite
Rent a Home El Bosque Norte
Rent a Home El Bosque Norte
3 out of 5
Ebro 2779, Las Condes, Santiago
Situated in the entertainment district, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Peru Plaza and Costanera Center. Clinica Santa Maria is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away. ...
3.1/5 (14 reviews)
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"If hotels.com cares about their clients, they should remove this of their options immediately. When I arrived, my reservation wasn't there (The reservation office never confirmed it to the apartments). I got a room, 2h later I realized that there was not hot water. They changed me to another room ..."

Reviewed on 9 Jan,2017

Rent a Home El Bosque Norte
La Sebastiana Suites
La Sebastiana Suites
3.5 out of 5
San Sebastian 2727 Las Condes, Santiago
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Peru Plaza and Costanera Center. Clinica Santa Maria is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away. Tobalaba ...
4.2/5Excellent! (235 reviews)
"Everything was good and clean at this property and nice location!"

Reviewed on 13 May,2020

La Sebastiana Suites
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