Santiago may lack the hype of Rio de Janeiro or Buenos Aires, but don't let that put you off. As a modern and cosmopolitan city, Chile’s capital boasts a mixture of first-rate museums, fantastic art galleries, trendy restaurants and dizzying nightlife. Sprawled across a fertile valley and enclosed by towering snow-draped peaks, it hosts a spectacular setting and serves as great base from which to begin or end your Chile holiday.
Known as Chile’s economic and cultural powerhouse, Santiago is often passed off as a gateway into the country, but behind this facade the city offers so much more. From a myriad of museums and art galleries, it is also renowned for its shopping, restaurants, boutiques and sophisticated hotels.
With its mix of historic and modern architecture, Santiago is a city of contrasts and wandering around the city’s unique and varying neighbourhoods (Barrios) on foot is the best way to explore its wealth of diversity. Discover its tiny colonial heart, rich in cobbled streets and the city’s oldest architecture. Hang-out in the bohemian and trendy Lastarria, revered for its antique shops and quirky bars and indulge in the upscale Providencia, known for its stylish restaurants and chic shopping centres. Santiago is bursting with personality and offers a slice of something different for everyone.
Towering over the city is Cerro San Cristobal, a leafy oasis accessed by cable car or on an active hike. It is Santiago’s largest green space and boasts the best sweeping views of the entire city. Located in the heart of the country, Santiago serves as a great base from which to enjoy a number of day trips, including wine tasting at the vineyards and wineries of the Central Valley, exploring the coastal towns of Viña del Mar and colourful Valparaíso and in the winter months skiing at the resorts or Valle Nevado or Portillo.
With so much going on in this lively city, the Imagine Latin America team have carefully handpicked the best hotels, located in the best areas to put you in the heart of the action. For more information, speak to one of our experts and let them design your tailor-made holiday today.