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Santiago
Travel Guide

National History Museum showing street scenes and a city

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

Hotel Novotel Santiago Vitacura
Hotel Novotel Santiago Vitacura
4 out of 5
Av Americo Vespucio Norte 1630, Vitacura, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is £48 per night from 26 Jun to 26 Jun
This family-friendly Santiago hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Ralli Museum and Parque Arauco Mall. Bicentennial Park and KidZania ...
4.2/5Excellent! (410 reviews)
"All good and all the covid measures with high standard"

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2021

Hotel Novotel Santiago Vitacura
ICON Hotel
ICON Hotel
4 out of 5
Av. Alonso de Cordova 6050, Las Condes, Santiago
The price is £79 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
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! (985 reviews)
high floor
"Beautiful room on a high floor with huge glass windows and a great city view, and the rooftop terrace is nice but the surrounding area is not so good"

Reviewed on 7 Mar 2021

ICON Hotel
W Santiago
W Santiago
5 out of 5
Isidora Goyenechea 3000, Las Condes, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is £127 per night from 25 Jun to 25 Jun
Set amidst the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out hotel in Santiago is within a 15-minute walk of Peru Plaza and Costanera Center, and is convenient for winter sports, ...
4.3/5Excellent! (341 reviews)
Awesome staff
"Great location, very friendly and helpful staff. Great view."

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2021

W Santiago
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.
Time Suite
Time Suite
4 out of 5
Callao 2988, Las Condes, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is £64 per night from 2 Jul to 2 Jul
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
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
Time Apartment
Time Apartment
3 out of 5
Versalles 3036, Santiago
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Peru Plaza and Costanera Center. Clinica Santa Maria is 2.5 mi (4 km) away. ...
3.6/5Good! (11 reviews)
Great hotel
"Love this hotel chain. We have stayed at a few of their different hotels in this area. It’s centrally locates, very clean, quiet neighborhood, and an awesome staff."

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2020

Time Apartment
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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