Santiago

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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

Lastarria featuring café lifestyle and street scenes as well as a large group of people

Lastarria

5/5Exceptional!(10 area reviews)

Lastarria
Bellavista which includes street scenes and outdoor art

Bellavista

3.5/5Good!(5 area reviews)

Bellavista

Top hotels in Santiago

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal
Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal
3.5 out of 5
Armando Cortinez Norte 2150, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
SG$213
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Located in Pudahuel, this hotel is within 12 miles (20 km) of Templo Votivo de Maipu, Plaza de Armas and University of Chile. Palacio de la Moneda and Hipodromo ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,708 reviews)

"So convenient to the airport and airport services such as bus to city, cabs etc. Food was very good quality, we stayed for 4 nights, ate dinner twice, lunch twice and breakfast 3 times. Used the pool. All excellent amenities and service. Major downside that prevents me from rating as excellent, was ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb,2020

Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal
Hyatt Place Santiago/Vitacura
Hyatt Place Santiago/Vitacura
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Americo Vespucio Norte 1597, Vitacura, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
SG$110
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1

Situated in Santiago, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Parque Arauco Mall and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Costanera Center. Bicentennial Park and Clinica Alemana ...

4.4/5Excellent! (861 reviews)

"The building is nice, rooms are comfortable, staff is very friendly. There are good restaurants nearby, several."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jan,2020

Hyatt Place Santiago/Vitacura
Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport
3.5 out of 5
Americo Vespucio Ave 1292, Pudahuel, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
SG$146
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1

Located in Pudahuel, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Templo Votivo de Maipu, University of Chile and Palacio de la Moneda. O'Higgins Park and University ...

4.3/5Excellent! (886 reviews)

"The breakfast is not free , should be noted at purchase time. Normally Hilton has free breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb,2020

Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport

Popular things to do in Santiago

Costanera Center
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Costanera Center

4/5(14 reviews)

Discover hundreds of retail outlets, cafés and restaurants, and see one of South America’s tallest buildings at this modern retail and business center.

Plaza de Armas
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Plaza de Armas

4/5(30 reviews)

This historic central square is home to magnificent works of architecture, museums and a nice blend of city workers, street performers and artisans. 

Palacio de la Moneda
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Palacio de la Moneda

4/5(14 reviews)

Visit the courtyards of this magnificent neoclassical palace, watch the changing of the guard ceremony and enjoy contemporary and visual art exhibitions.

University of Chile
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University of Chile

3.5/5(5 reviews)

Look around the historical buildings of Chile’s principal university for a glimpse into the lives of the local students and researchers.

Santa Lucia Hill
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Santa Lucia Hill

4/5(16 reviews)

Climb the elegant stairs to the top of this central hill to enjoy panoramic views of Santiago and admire the ornate fountains, flower displays and amphitheater.

University of Santiago-Chile
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University of Santiago-Chile

3.5/5(7 reviews)

Explore Chile’s oldest public university and enjoy free concerts and cultural events at this historic educational institution.

Top activities in Santiago

Coastal Viña del Mar & Historic Valparaiso
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Coastal Viña del Mar & Historic Valparaiso

78% of travellers recommend
SG$63
Per adult
Santiago City Tour & Santa Lucía Hill
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Santiago City Tour & Santa Lucía Hill

SG$38
Per adult
Cajon del Maipo Roadtrip
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Cajon del Maipo Roadtrip

96% of travellers recommend
SG$150
Per adult
Lonely Planet Experiences: Sights, Food Tastings & Markets
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Sights, Food Tastings & Markets

98% of travellers recommend
SG$106
Per adult
Private City Tour for Airport Layover Passengers
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Private City Tour for Airport Layover Passengers

84% of travellers recommend
SG$118
Per adult
Winery & Valparaiso Private Tour - day trip from Santiago
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Winery & Valparaiso Private Tour - day trip from Santiago

SG$221
Per adult

Reviews of Santiago

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
12
5 - Excellent 20.689655172413794%
4 - Good
30
4 - Good 51.724137931034484%
3 - Okay
12
3 - Okay 20.689655172413794%
2 - Disappointing
4
2 - Disappointing 6.896551724137931%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

2/5 - Disappointing

Juliet

Feb 19, 2020

Santiago is my home place but I’ve been living overseas for half of my life. The city is lovely but far too quiet in the summer months hence little to do in the warm weather. It felt unsafe to venture going downtown for the political riots

3/5 - Okay

Rob

Feb 17, 2020

I would say the main sights in the city itself could be seen in 1 day unless you want to spend time in each of the museums. It’s worth taking a day trip to Valparaiso & Vina del Mar. There are other worthwhile day trips from Santiago too.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 22, 2020

Great place to visit and we will be back. Super safe next time we will explore more of the country

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 16, 2020

When you travel to Santiago, do not pre book any taxi, as this can be an inconvenience at the end. Go directly to the official taxi service. The trip will not cost much and it is going to be quicker.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 29, 2019

Look beyond the Graffiti caused by some disgruntled locals and you'll find warm and welcoming people

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Dec 29, 2019

Very nice and lots to see but the riots and civil disobedience are a danger to tourists. We encountered two and ended up inhaling CS gas. Not good.

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