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SantiagoChile

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

Santa Lucia Hill showing a pond, a castle and a park

Downtown Santiago

3.5/5Good!(8 area reviews)

Noted for its museums and art galleries, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Santiago. Top attractions like Palacio de la Moneda and Plaza de Armas are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Toesca Station or O'Higgins Park Station to see more of the city.

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

Lastarria

4.5/5Wonderful!(11 area reviews)

Travellers come to Lastarria for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Forest Park and Lastarria District while you're in town.

Lastarria
Bellavista featuring outdoor art and street scenes

Bellavista

3.5/5Good!(5 area reviews)

Bellavista is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Chilean National Zoo and Santiago Metropolitan Park while you're in town.

Bellavista
Santa Lucia Hill which includes a park, street scenes and a castle

Bellas Artes

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

Museums, coffee shops and historical sites are just a few things travellers like about Bellas Artes. Sights like Forest Park and National Archive are spots to explore, and you can get around the greater Santiago area at Bellas Artes Station.

Bellas Artes
Pudahuel, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, Chile

Pudahuel

3.5/5Good!(20 area reviews)

Travellers can't get enough of the abundant dining options in Pudahuel. If you want to get around town and see some sights, jump on the metro at Barrancas Station.

Pudahuel

Top hotels in Santiago

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
La Sebastiana Suites
La Sebastiana Suites
3.5 out of 5
San Sebastian 2727 Las Condes, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is £62 per night

Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Peru Plaza and Costanera Center. Gran Torre Santiago and Los Leones Golf Club are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (235 reviews)

"Everything was good and clean at this property and nice location!"…"

Reviewed on 13 May 2020

La Sebastiana Suites
myLUXAPART Las Condes
myLUXAPART Las Condes
3.5 out of 5
Republica Arabe de Egipto 670, Santiago
The price is £92 per night

Situated near the boardwalk, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from KidZania Santiago and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Costanera Center. Parque Arauco Mall ...

4.2/5Excellent! (129 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
Hyatt Place Santiago/Vitacura
Hyatt Place Santiago/Vitacura
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Americo Vespucio Norte 1597, Vitacura, Santiago, Region Metropolitana

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. Clinica Alemana and Bicentennial Park ...

4.4/5Excellent! (891 reviews)

"Good location, nice staff, well cared building, good gym."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Hyatt Place Santiago/Vitacura

Popular places to visit in Santiago

Cajon del Maipo
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Cajon del Maipo

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Cajon del Maipo, a popular green space in Santiago. You can enjoy the restaurants while in the area.

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.

Top things to do in Santiago

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

80% of travellers recommend
£37
Per adult
Full-Day Tour of Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar
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Full-Day Tour of Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar

92% of travellers recommend
£81
Per adult
Portillo Inca Lagoon at The Andes Mountains + VSE Vineyard
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Portillo Inca Lagoon at The Andes Mountains + VSE Vineyard

£115
Per adult
Laguna del Inca
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Laguna del Inca

£91
Per adult
Lonely Planet Experiences: Sights, Food Tastings & Markets
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Sights, Food Tastings & Markets

98% of travellers recommend
£63
Per adult
San Antonio Port Cruise Tour to Valparaiso and Casablanca
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San Antonio Port Cruise Tour to Valparaiso and Casablanca

94% of travellers recommend
£89
Per adult

Reviews of Santiago

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
12
5 - Excellent 19.672131147540984%
4 - Good
32
4 - Good 52.459016393442624%
3 - Okay
13
3 - Okay 21.311475409836067%
2 - Disappointing
4
2 - Disappointing 6.557377049180328%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

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.

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