Travel to the capital, Santiago de Chile
A city in the valley between two mountain ranges. The majestic peaks of the Andes on one side, the coastal mountain on the other. A place that has it all. In an hour of car travel you can be both in the snow (in winter), as well as enjoying the beach, rivers, and much more.
It is a highly developed city, so if you want to shop, you will have many malls and places to shop. If you like the night, you will be in an intensely bohemian city, with many places with different atmospheres, to enjoy in the way you want. If you like betting, there are 3 high-level casinos around Santiago that can satisfy your needs.
If you are one of those who loves culture, it is also an incredible destination. There is a wide variety of museums, exhibitions, and
theater plays available to travelers.
Best Time to travel to Santiago de Chile. Snow rarely falls, but in winter it feels quite cold. The best months to travel are from September to April, because the temperature is more pleasant. In the months of January and February, the city is much more pleasant, because in those months people go on vacation, and emigrate from the capital.
How many Days to visit Santiago de Chile. Santiago is quite big, so if you want to know everything in the city and what to go on the outskirts, you will need even a few weeks. You will need at least 2 or 3 days to deeply discover the capital. If you also want to go to the snow, to the cajón del Maipo or to one of its beautiful natural parks, you will need more time.
From the Airport to Santiago de Chile. The cheapest option to go from the airport to any part of Santiago is through local buses called just “Aeropuerto” (airport in Spanish). The bus follows a straight route that ends at Los Héroes metro station. From here, you can take the metro and get to practically any part of Santiago. Through red.cl, you can plan your trip, using buses and the metro. You will need to buy a magnetic card to travel through the transportation system named BIP.
What to do or what to visit in Santiago de Chile?
- Main Square or Plaza de Armas. Located in the historic center, it has many places around to observe and visit. Santiago Cathedral, the Paseo Ahumada, the Historical Museum, and close to many other places to discover nearby. * Metro Pza de Armas
- Santa Lucía Hill. An icon of Santiago. A park with stairs, viewpoints, and gardens to enjoy on a quiet walk. *Metro Sta Lucía
- San Cristóbal Hill & Metropolitano Park A gigantic hill, which houses a zoo, and several parks and activities inside. You can take a cable car ride, admire Santiago from above on the Virgin. It is located in the Bellavista neighborhood. *Baquedano Metro.
- Bellavista neighborhood. One of the Bohemian and gastronomic centers of Santiago. Here there are a lot of restaurants, bars, and discos that you can enjoy. *Baquedano Metro.
- Close to the Bellavista neighborhood, you can visit the Lastarria neighborhood, a neighborhood full of bohemia and art.
- The Chascona. One of the houses of the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. A perfect place to learn more about the writer’s life. It is close to the Bellavista neighborhood. *Baquedano Metro.
- The Central Market. A typical place in Santiago to buy seafood. The restaurants that make up the central market are a good place to try typical seafood dishes. ** Be careful since it is typical that some restaurants raise prices or charge more to foreigners (Ask for the Spanish menu to compare prices). Nearby is the Patronato neighborhood(metro Patronato), which is famous in Santiago for having good prices on clothes, the Mapocho Station, a Cultural Center, and one of the most representative bohemian Bars of Chilean culture, the Piojera. An invitation to try an earthquake, and experience the intense atmosphere of the place. *Metro Pte Cal y Canto.
- La Moneda Palace. The Chilean Government House. You can plan an interior visit or simply enjoy the exterior, but it is mandatory to stop here when passing through Santiago. On the outside of the Frontis, there is access to the La Moneda cultural center, which always has something to show. *Metro Moneda.
- Costanera Center View Point. If you like skyscrapers, here you can admire Santiago in the tallest building in Latin America. *Metro Tobalaba.
- Bicentenario Park. A very safe park and perfect for a picnic afternoon or for a stroll with your family. It has varied, natural environments, including different green areas, and even a lagoon. *Metro Tobalaba.
- Forestal park. A beautiful park next to the Mapocho River. An invitation to walk under its trees, or near the river. You can visit the Museums of Fine Arts or contemporary art that are located in different parts of the park. *Metro Bellas Artes.
- Sculpture Park. An open-air museum, between Pedro de Valdivia and Nueva de Lyon on Avenida Santa María. *Pedro de Valdivia Metro.
- Ruta del Vino en Santiago de Chile. Chile se caracteriza por el bueno Vino, por lo que en la ciudad puedes encontrar varias opciones para hacer degustaciones y tener experiencias con el vino. Viña Cousiño Macul, Viña Undurraga, y Viña Concha y Toro son algunas de las famosas viñas que pueden ser visitadas dentro de Santiago.
- Ski Centers from Santiago de Chile. If you visit the capital in winter, an hour away from Santiago you can find several options to enjoy the snow. The cheapest way to get up here is to get to the Escuela Militar subway station, locate the Omnium building, and take a transfer that will take you to the ski center of your choice. It is a fairly expensive sport, but it is worth it.
- Italy neighborhood. Another important neighborhood in Santiago, which offers a large number of restaurants and bars to enjoy. * Metro Santa Isabel.
- Plaza Ñuñoa. Another of the most bohemian neighborhoods in Santiago. Irarrázaval or Pza Egaña Metro. In both, you must take a local bus additionally. With your Bip card, you have 1.5 hours to travel by subway or 2 buses without having to pay extra.
- Mahuida Park. A park on the east of Santiago, with countless activities to do. You can go horseback riding, canopy, jump into Swinger (a kind of bungee), and/or go on “rodelbanh”, which is an intense sleigh ride at full speed. * Metro Pza Egaña, and take the bus D02.
- Bahai Temple. A temple that allows the entrance to any religion. The only one in South America and one of the 8 in the world. A different attraction, to observe Santiago from above. * There is no way to get there easily by public transport. It will be very exhausting and long. It is better to get to the Grecia or Pza Egaña metro stations and take an Uber or taxi to the temple.
- Yungay neighborhood and Quinta Normal Park. An incredible park that includes countless attractions. Railway museum, museum of natural history, science and technology museum, artequin museum, Museum of memory and human rights, and Santiago Library. In addition to being a beautiful park, it has a lagoon that can be navigated with pedal boats and an area with water jets that lights up at night. * Metro Quinta Normal.
- MIM or Mirador Interactive Museum. It is an entertaining museum that has the peculiarity that it invites visitors to interact and learn under experimentation. An invitation to families. * Mirador metro.
- Ohiggins Park and Fantasilandia. The largest green area in Santiago, and it is perfect for a quiet afternoon of park and picnic. Inside it has a skatepark, many green areas, and even an amusement park (Fantasilandia), which is perfect if you want to live a day of intense emotions. Between September 15 and 20 of each year, and even longer depending on the week, the country’s national holidays are celebrated. This place becomes the center of attention on these days due to its multiple “Fondas” or temporary clubs of celebration and because it is done here the traditional military parade every September 19th. *Parque O’higgins Metro
- Aguas de San Ramón Park. A beautiful park with access to the river. An invitation to connect with nature, the river, and to get carried away by one of its trails.
On the outskirts of Santiago …
** Just remember that due to the drought we are experiencing, many of the rivers and lakes are dry or with very little water.
- Arrayán Nature Sanctuary. A well-kept sanctuary, perfect to disconnect from the noise of the city. It has good facilities such as bathrooms, barbecue areas, and parking lots. The trails are great too, but the river does the magic. Perfect for bathing in hot weather.
- Yerba Loca Natural Sanctuary. A true sanctuary of nature. Good and clear trails, and good interaction with the local flora and fauna. Good toilets, grill areas, and camping sites.
- “San José de Maipo”. “Cascada de las animas”. “El ingenio”. This area is relatively close to Santiago, just over an hour from Santiago entering the mountain range. The town of San José is small but very picturesque. “Cascada de las animas” although it has a somewhat expensive entrance, is a very organized place so that you can have an incredible experience. You can do camping here and sports such as canopy, rafting, trekking, among others.
- Morales Baths. El Morado Natural Monument. Colina Baths. All of this is higher up, and the journey takes longer. It is very beautiful, and you will enjoy a unique experience, but it is recommended that you stay there at least one night, since it will probably take you at least 3 hours to reach the destination. There are beautiful landscapes and you may well see condors. The hot springs have several pools where you can try until you find your temperature. At night the sky is spectacular.
- Embalse el Yeso. One of the typical postcards of the central zone of Chile. A blue lake with hills of the Andes mountain range bordering it. Being there you feel in the middle of the Andes Mountain Range. It is recommended to go early as it starts to get cold early too. Do not leave the car in very lonely or isolated places as it is known of thefts in the area.
- Clarillo River National Reserve. One of the most beautiful parks near the capital. The river is truly magical, and through different faces, you can settle in the area you prefer. In February, due to drought and the season of the year, the river decreases in flow. It is not possible to camp or roast (barbecue).
- Rapel Lake. An artificial lake that starts from the Rapel hydroelectric power station. Tourism is highly developed in this area, so there are campsites and various types of accommodation. It also has restaurants, and with the possibility of doing water sports. Fishing pejereyes is one of the famous activities here.
- Pomaire. One of the most picturesque destinations in the central area. Famous for its clay products and its empanada of literally half a kg, make this place an important destination to visit in the vicinity of Santiago.
- A walk to the Poets Coast. Tour the beauty of this part of the Litoral, which stands out for serving as inspiration for the poets Pablo Neruda, the Antipoeta Nicanor Parra, and Vicente Huidobro. If you want to know how to get there and more about this place, click here.
- Casablanca (White House). A valley in the middle of the route that connects Santiago with Valparaíso. Especially recommended for those looking to disconnect from Santiago or who are wine lovers, since there are prestigious vineyards in this area.
- A Trip to Viña del Mar and/or Valparaíso. A little over an hour away from Santiago, there are two perfect places for beach lovers. In valparaíso you find culture, hills, and a hippie atmosphere, while in Viña del Mar you can breathe development and tranquility. * Metro Universidad de Santiago, Alameda terminal you can take buses to both destinations. Between cities, you can use local buses.
- Buin Zoo. One of the largest and best-cared zoos in the country. Divided into environments, you can live experience with animals as a family. If you do not have a car, it is recommended to intensify the experience, traveling in Metrotren, from the Central Station.
- Paine, Aculeo Lagoon. Paine is a tourist center that has known how to grow over time. Good gastronomic options, markets, and in summer it stands out for its famous giant Watermelons. The Aculeo lagoon used to be one of the most touristic places in the vicinity of Santiago, but due to drought and water theft, it is completely dry. It is still a recommended walk, to lose yourself in country life, but it is no longer what it used to be.
- Rancagua Safari. A unique experience, in which you can see lions, giraffes and many other animals. An experience similar to a safari, but thousands of km away from the African continent.
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