Santiago, resting on an inland plain in the Great Central Valley, this cosmopolitan capital has the Andes as an impressive backdrop.

The city is home to over six million inhabitants—nearly a third of all Chileans. The city’s rapid reinvention, including a growing economy and a renovated arts scene, is fast producing a delightful list of highlights and turning it into a captivating hub for culture. Santiago today is one of the most modern cities on the continent. It’s the mix of old world charm and modern infrastructure that defines the city today, a charming combination of traditional architecture (full of 19th-century European influence) with an explosion of The Avant-Garde designs.

Proving an excellent base from which to explore the country, not far outside its bounds you have the continent’s main ski resorts, wonderful beaches to the northwest, and just south, the world-class wine-producing region of Maipo Valley, known for its exceptional cabernets.

Inside the city, you will find an excellent selection of museums in the Centro district, including one of South America’s most important collections of pre-Columbian art, as well as monuments and architectural sights.

Plaza de Armas

At the heart of Centro is the Plaza de Armas, housing the city’s most important of buildings like the neoclassical Metropolitan Cathedral and Municipalidad de Santiago (Town Hall).

Santiago is teeming with restaurants, cafés, and hotels, and it offers great shopping options, particularly for lapis lazuli, which is only mined here in Chile and in Afghanistan. Nightlife blooms in the Brasil, Lastarria, and bohemian Bellavista barrios, featuring sidewalk eateries, beer halls, and cafés, while the ritzier Providencia and Las Condes neighborhoods boast first-rate hotels and posh restaurants.

For stunning views of the city, ascend Cerro San Cristòbal by foot or cable car.

Parque Metropolitano de Santiago

There you will find Santiago’s largest urban public park, the Parque Metropolitano de Santiago, to which it has dedicated 40 percent of its green areas. Covering some 1,784 acres, the Parque Metropolitano de Santiago is the largest urban park in the country and one of the largest urban parks in the world.

Go for a stroll, or try mountain biking or birdwatching. There are walking trails and picnic areas, a botanical garden and zoo, and two swimming pools to be enjoyed.


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