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Santiago
Travel Guide

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

ICON Hotel
ICON Hotel
4 out of 5
Av. Alonso de Cordova 6050, Las Condes, Santiago
The price is HK$749 per night from 19 Mar to 20 Mar

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! (965 reviews)

"Excellent installations. Friendly staff and wonderful attention. Allowed early morning check-in and late checkout"…"

Reviewed on 31 Jan 2021

ICON Hotel
Noi Vitacura
Noi Vitacura
5 out of 5
The price is HK$1,604 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Santiago hotel is in a shopping district within 2 mi (3 km) of Casacostanera, Ralli Museum and Costanera Center. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (330 reviews)

"Everything was just perfect!!! totally recommended!!!"…"

Reviewed on 18 Dec 2020

Noi Vitacura
Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal
Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal
4 out of 5
The price is HK$978 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Located near the slopes, this Pudahuel hotel is connected to the airport and within 12 mi (20 km) of Templo Votivo de Maipu, Mall Plaza Oeste and Mercado Central. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (991 reviews)

"The staff was very accommodating. They let us check in early."…"

Reviewed on 2 Feb 2021

Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal
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.
Luminoso y espectacular  Loft en último piso con jacuzzi
Luminoso y espectacular Loft en último piso con jacuzzi

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 Suite
Time Suite
4 out of 5
Callao 2988, Las Condes, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is HK$698 per night from 19 Mar to 20 Mar

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
VIP Apartments Chile
VIP Apartments Chile
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$353 per night from 12 Mar to 13 Mar

Conveniently near to skiing facilities, this Downtown Santiago apartment building is located in the city centre within 3 miles (5 km) of Former National Congress, ...

3.7/5Good! (33 reviews)

"Amazing service and location, but small. Lacking cleanliness, heat, and maintenance in some apartments, but not others."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jun 2019

VIP Apartments Chile
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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