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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

Novotel Santiago Las Condes (ex Atton)
Novotel Santiago Las Condes (ex Atton)
4 out of 5
The price is SG$89 per night from 15 May to 15 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located near the slopes, this Santiago hotel is situated in the city centre and is within a 15-minute walk of KidZania Santiago, Apumanque and Parque Arauco ...
4.3/5Excellent! (337 reviews)
"Hotel in safe area, not far from the metro, and a pleasant walk through a park to a big shopping mall. Reception staff very helpful re getting to see the sights, buying tickets for the metro and the excellent hop on and hop off bus. Hotel recently taken over by Novotel, who are going to do major ..."

Reviewed on 8 Mar,2020

Novotel Santiago Las Condes (ex Atton)
Novotel Santiago Providencia
Novotel Santiago Providencia
4 out of 5
Avenida Holanda 222, Providencia, Santiago, Santiago
The price is SG$83 per night from 15 May to 15 May
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Santiago hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Costanera Center and Vivo Panorámico. Drugstore and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (214 reviews)
"The hotel staff were friendly and hospitable. Security were on point, morning breakfast was a plus, cleaning crew were great, most workers spoke a little bite of English that was a bonus for me. Hotel is located 3 blocks from major mall on a private quite street with many different restaurant to ..."

Reviewed on 25 Feb,2021

Novotel Santiago Providencia
Hotel Cumbres Lastarria
Hotel Cumbres Lastarria
4 out of 5
Jose Victorino Lastarria 299, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is SG$162 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Lastarria, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Forest Park and Plaza de Armas. Costanera Center and Clinica Santa Maria are also within 3 miles ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (396 reviews)
"Great place to escape in quarantine in the middle of the city"

Reviewed on 16 Jan,2021

Hotel Cumbres Lastarria
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
myLUXAPART Las Condes
myLUXAPART Las Condes
3.5 out of 5
Republica Arabe de Egipto 670, Santiago
The price is SG$96 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated near the boardwalk, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Apumanque and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Costanera Center. KidZania Santiago and Parque ...
4.2/5Excellent! (134 reviews)
"Good property in a great and safe area, they need to have more communication I call the offic and the cellphone and send a text message and I’m still waiting on answer!!!"

Reviewed on 10 Mar,2020

myLUXAPART Las Condes
Departamentos Amoblados Paz
Departamentos Amoblados Paz
3.5 out of 5
San Diego 313, Centro, Santiago, Santiago
Located in Downtown Santiago, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of University of Chile and Palacio de la Moneda. Plaza de Armas and Santa Lucia ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (38 reviews)
"It was really comfortable and it had everything you need even to cook"

Reviewed on 27 Jan,2019

Departamentos Amoblados Paz
Luminoso y Espectacular Loft en Último Piso con Jacuzzi
Luminoso y Espectacular Loft en Último Piso con Jacuzzi
3222 Av. Holanda, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region
Situated in Santiago, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Plaza Nunoa and within 3 miles (5 km) of Costanera Center and Clinica Santa Maria. National ...
Luminoso y Espectacular Loft en Último Piso con Jacuzzi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Santiago

3.9

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2/5 - Disappointing

Juliet

19 Feb 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

17 Feb 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

22 Jan 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

16 Jan 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

29 Dec 2019

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

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

29 Dec 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.