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.

Where to stay in Santiago

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

Lastarria

Known for museum, dining, cafe

5/5(8 reviews)

Visit this central Santiago neighborhood to relax on the lawns of Forest Park, eat in one of its many restaurants and browse weekend antique fairs.

Bellavista
Bellavista which includes street scenes and outdoor art

Bellavista

Known for liveMusic, cafe, zoo

3.5/5(3 reviews)

Streets lined with murals, boutique shops, a lively nightlife, a picturesque urban park and a hilltop lookout make this one of Santiago’s most exciting neighborhoods.

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$185
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec

Located in Pudahuel, this hotel is within 12 miles (20 km) of Templo Votivo de Maipu, Plaza de la Constitucion and Santiago Town Square. Palacio de la Moneda ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,670 reviews)

"Great way to spend a layover. We had a great sleep"…"

Reviewed on 13 Nov,2019

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$123
per night
7 Dec-8 Dec

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. Casacostanera and Bicentennial Park are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (838 reviews)

"Very well located, wakable area, great restaurants area."…"

Reviewed on 3 Oct,2019

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$183
per night
16 Dec-17 Dec

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

4.3/5Excellent! (829 reviews)

"Great pool and sauna area and in a very safe, secure area. We were here during large protests in the city and no problems here at the hotel. It is quite isolated though on a highway near the airport, but great if you have a connecting flight with a free airport shuttle"…"

Reviewed on 13 Nov,2019

Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport

Popular things to do in Santiago

Palacio de la Moneda
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Palacio de la Moneda

4/5(11 reviews)

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

San Cristobal Hill
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San Cristobal Hill

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Visit this picturesque hilltop and urban park, which has spectacular city views, walking trails, botanical gardens and family-friendly activities.

Costanera Center
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Costanera Center

4/5(11 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(19 reviews)

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

University of Chile
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University of Chile

4/5(2 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(10 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.

Top activities in Santiago

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

SG$121

Explore the Chilean coast with a guided tour of 2 of the country’s seaside gems—the charming hillside port city of Valparaiso and picturesque beachfront Viña del Mar.

Santiago City Tour & Santa Lucía Hill
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Santiago City Tour & Santa Lucía Hill

SG$46

We invite you to discover Santiago, a cosmopolitan city which has become one of South America’s most modern hubs. Described by the international media as a surprising destination, Santiago stands out for being a cosmopolitan and modern city that perfectly combines its traditions with a modern outlook.

Santiago: Small-Group Foodies and Sights Walking Tour
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Santiago: Small-Group Foodies and Sights Walking Tour

SG$105

Meet your guide at La Moneda in the Plaza de la Constitucion, a popular and iconic local gathering place, and head to the neighbourhood of La Alameda, distinguished by its gorgeous architecture that blends the new and old.

Cajon del Maipo Roadtrip
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Cajon del Maipo Roadtrip

SG$150

Get out of the city for a full day exploring the spectacular natural scenery of Cajón del Maipo. Take in the fragrant mountain air and dramatic landscapes, and make a visit to the traditional town of San José de Maipo, where you learn some of the region's local customs.

Private City Tour for Airport Layover Passengers
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Private City Tour for Airport Layover Passengers

SG$129

Make the most of your layover at Santiago International Airport (SCL) with a private tour of the Chilean capital. This comprehensive excursion takes you to all the city's must-see sights and drops you back at the airport in plenty of time to catch your next flight.

Wine Valparaiso and Viña del Mar
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Wine Valparaiso and Viña del Mar

SG$99

Through a unique and unforgettable experience, you can discover the hills surrounding the port of Valparaiso (World Heritage), the Garden-City of Viña del Mar and the secrets of the Casablanca Valley.

Reviews of Santiago

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Nov 2019

Museo Ralli is a very impressive art gallery devoted to Latin American art of the last century.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

27 Oct 2019

We were not able to spend much time in the city due to protests.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

26 Oct 2019

Very few places of interest and disappointing compared to many cities. Very little was open due to civil unrest and demonstrations.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Oct 2019

Great city! Lovely people and we would go again!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Oct 2019

Keep your wits about you, keep your things safe. It's a big city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Oct 2019

Santiago was great for 6 days, it’s a very walkable city - we did the free walking tour, which is very good. The climb up San Cristóbal hill is also lovely. On the final day there was rioting, a state of emergency and a curfew imposed.

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