Santiago: unique setting for a capital city

Santiago for a great holiday

Santiago, capital city of Chile, is a city of art and culture in true Latin American style. Santiago lies in a spectacular location between the Andes and Pacific ocean and is growing increasingly popular as a tourist destination thanks to a vast choice of leisure, sports and cultural activities available in and around the city. From world-class ski resorts in the winter to great opportunities for trekking, climbing in the mountains in the east to lazing in the sun on a beach, Santiago offers a blend of holiday themes in addition to a city discovery break which could have you out in a trendy bar 'til the early hours of the morning!

Santiago: the city for Art lovers

Though the city itself may seem like a sprawling metropolis, art is everywhere. A walk in the streets reveals old and new works, from the graffiti art of the Yungay district to the magnificent sculpture of the Plaza de Armas, the historic centre of town, you can feast your eyes before even stepping into one of the capital's many museums and galleries.
Among Santiago's museums:

  • Museo National de Bellas Artes
  • Centro Cultural Estacion Mapocho
  • Centro Cultural Matucana 100
  • Museo de Artes Visuales
  • Museo de Arte Contemperaneo
  • Parque Quinta Normal

Places to visit in Santiago

For a stunning view of the city, you can take a ride on the funicular train to Cerro San Cristobal where you will find a statue of the Virgin, botanical gardens and recreational grounds with public swimming pools…overlooking the city, the park is a haven for Santiago dwellers, you may wish to join them for some jogging, cycling…
For people-watching on a pretty terrace, you may like to make your way to the Lastarria, a trendy and artistic area of Santiago, the early evening aperitif calls before you head off to the late night bars in Bellavista, with live music.
During the day, take time to visit the Casa Pablo Neruda, one of the homes of the late poet, Pablo Neruda. He is as much loved and revered today, forty years after his death, as ever, Chileans also honour his role in 20th century history: outlawed, exiled and returned home with the Nobel Prize for Literature…The house is nothing less than fantastic and well worth a visit.
If you are short on time or would simply like to learn more details about the city, free guided tours by reputed guides are ideal. You can choose from three different itineraries and discover important landmarks, markets and the old districts with little effort, a great way to become familiar with the city. You may already be familiar with Chilean wine and a visit to the wineries outside the city will allow you to learn some of the secrets of the country's winemaking success. The nearest winery is located in Concha y Toro where you will enjoy the fabulous scenery and wine tasting…

Useful information about Santiago