comscore

Santiago Travel Guide

Been here
Santiago en invierno (Winter in Santiago Chile)
LoadingLoading Thumbnails

Tribes: Who likes this place?

Who Likes This Place?

What the scores mean:
These scores tell you how well-liked a place is in each Tribe. Gogobot Tribes are groups who share a certain travel style, like Family Travelers or History Buffs.

Which Gogobot Tribe do you belong to? Join now

  • 98%
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 98%
    Adventure Travelers
  • 97%
    Local Culture
  • 96%
    Family Travelers
  • 86%
    Nightlife Lovers
  • 86%
    Art & Design Lovers
  • 86%
    Foodies
  • 75%
    Backpackers
Show more

Member Reviews (72)Write a review

Most Relevant
Sort by
  • Santiago
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Family Travelers
    + 8
    • Foodies
    • Wellness
    • LGBT
    • Green Travelers
    • Adventure Travelers
    • Nightlife Lovers
    • Spiritual Seekers
    • Trendsters

    Santiago is beautiful for a city of its size. It's filled with parks, wide sidewalks, cafés and museums. It makes a nice jumping off point for near bye vineyards, beaches, and glacier hikes. It's not bad as a tourist destination of its own. The subway system is easy to use and the city is relatively safe compared to other large cities in the region. While the roads are easy to navigate, the drivers are the most angry I've ever encountered (We've driven in many countries). Bella Vista and Provedencia are nice areas to stay.

    Recommended for:BackpackersFamily TravelersNightlife LoversStudents
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Santiago
    Member of
    Green Travelers
    Backpackers
    Adventure Travelers

    2 day challenging trek, climbing to Cerro Provincia and crossing the ridge to San Ramon, the highest peak 3200m around Santiago. This is not an easy route, but totally worth it!

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Santiago

    I love big cities, and Santiago is definitely one of my favorites. It has so much to offer: great food, a variety of museums, a vibrant art and music scene, cool bars and nightlife, easy public transportation...all that plus it's just an all-around pretty city with European flaire.

    Recommended for:Art & Design LoversHistory BuffsLocal CultureNightlife Lovers
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(1)
    Report
  • Santiago
    Member of
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Budget Travelers
    Family Travelers
    + 5
    • Wellness
    • Green Travelers
    • Students
    • Luxury Travelers
    • Adventure Travelers

    Recent short visit to the city en route to Patagonia and loved Santiago. Only had a couple of nights but it was enough to inspire to come back and really explore this vibrant and cool city

    Recommended for:Adventure TravelersBackpackersFoodiesOutdoor Enthusiasts
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(1)
    Report
  • Santiago
    Member of
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Budget Travelers
    Wellness
    + 3
    • Green Travelers
    • Backpackers
    • Adventure Travelers

    A few years back I passed through Santiago on my way south to Patagonia. While trekking and backcountry were the focus on my overall trip, I must say that my couple days in this town left a lasting impression. I have rarely been into a Latin American city that was quite so clean, organized, and...efficient? Yes, I think that's what I'd call it. Buses ran on schedule, crowds stopped at pedestrian signals, buses stayed in their appropriate lanes and little old me found it really easy to get around and accomplish the errands and explorations on my agenda each day. It was a remarkably easy place to stay, providing a couple of relaxing days with good food and rest before heading on to tackle the more arduous portion of my journey. I've had several friends call Santiago home over the years as well. And all have similar things to report about life there. A good transition between other stops on any South American adventure.

    Recommended for:Adventure TravelersBusiness TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(1)
    Report
  • Santiago

    La capital del país mas largo del mundo, un mundo tan Europeo, como Americano, en pleno valle central resguardada de los Andes y de la cordillera de la costa, un encuentro con la chilenidad

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • SantiagoPro 2014
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Budget Travelers
    + 11
    • Business Travelers
    • Family Travelers
    • Foodies
    • Wellness
    • Vegetarian
    • Luxury Travelers
    • History Buffs
    • Nightlife Lovers
    • Spiritual Seekers
    • Trendsters
    • Art & Design Lovers

    Santiago would remind many a North American of the western US. In particular, the developments and largely middle class nature of it would remind you of southern California, with the Spanish influence, palm trees, and generally pleasing esthetics, plus the many shopping malls.

    From a bigger perspective, it is reminiscent of Denver, a city in a valley surrounded by snow covered peaks, The Rockies versus the Andes.

    Also reminders of California are that you are just few hours away from Skiing, and even closer for Wineries. The Chilean Wines growing in popularity and respect from wine lovers around the globe. And the well developed fruits and salmon industries of Chile in recent decades act as reminders of California and the pacific Northwest.

    The final analogy is that in the winter, the Smog is very bad in Santiago, with the particulates hovering in the valley, and can be very poor air quality, not unlike the San Gabriel Valley toward Riverside and San Bernadino of Southern California.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Santiago

    If you look at the picture closely, you'll notice the white background isn't all clouds-- those are the Andes towering behind that glass building. Rent a car and explore them. There condors in there. And alpacas.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(1)
    Report
  • Santiago

    Santiago a really nice city to live, to work and to hang out as a traveller! It doesn't look as European as Buenos Aires. Even the city is really modern you still see the South American touch which I loved! There are many things to visit and you shouldn't forget the surroundings. World famous wineries are really close by as well as the Andes mountains!

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(1)
    Report
  • Santiago

    Santiago is a very cool place, awesome people, they're the best: very friendly and knowledgeable

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • SantiagoPro 2014
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Business Travelers
    Foodies

    I stopped in Santiago on my way to Rapa Nui. Although I was only there for two days, I had a pretty good time.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(2)
    Report
  • SantiagoPro 2014
    Member of
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Budget Travelers
    Business Travelers
    + 4
    • Green Travelers
    • Backpackers
    • Adventure Travelers
    • Art & Design Lovers

    Surrounded by snow capped peaks, this city is picturesque from every angle. Very fun nightlife, hip grundgy vibe, and spectacular sunsets. Very smogy though.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(1)
    Report
  • Santiago

    Good place to spend a day or two. Check out the Bellavista neighborhood. Visit the La Vega market then go have lunch at the restaurants next door.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(2)
    Report
  • SantiagoPro 2014
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Budget Travelers
    Business Travelers
    + 4
    • Wellness
    • History Buffs
    • Adventure Travelers
    • Art & Design Lovers

    Santiago is the capital city of Chile, with a population of about 7 million people, making up a third of the entire Chilean nation. It was founded by the Spanish Conquistadore, Pedro de Valdivia in 1541. It's a beautiful city with many historical sites and is definitely worth a visit.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • SantiagoPro 2014
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Business Travelers
    + 5
    • Foodies
    • Luxury Travelers
    • History Buffs
    • Trendsters
    • Art & Design Lovers

    As with most urban cities, Santiago is very diverse with its many distinct neighborhoods that offer modern urban and old world charm and everything in between. I am most impressed by the constant view of the snow capped mountains that is visible from most areas within the city.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Santiago

    Nice city. Good food, nice weather. Very safe... Good public transportation, so it's easy to go from one place to another.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Santiago

    Phenomenal city. Great place to stay for adventure as within an hour or so you can visit the beach (try Vina Del Mar), Skii (try Portillo), tour vineyards. The food is great and varied, neighborhoods are interesting. Great food as well. Visit before it becomes too popular

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Santiago

    Santiago is a safe, clean and modern city. The metro was very impressive along with the rest of the city's infrastructure.

    The natural setting is incredible with the Andes mountains brushing up right up to the city, and the many hills and mountains which perk up all over the place.

    As far as sights are concerned, I think one full day just about covers it. The mercado central is definitely worth visiting. I recommend taking a day trip to the Cajon Del Maipo in the Andes, which is only about 45 minutes away.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(1)
    Report
  • Santiago
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Foodies
    Adventure Travelers
    + 3
    • Nightlife Lovers
    • Trendsters
    • Art & Design Lovers

    I went to Chile last year with a few friends primarily to snowboard in Portillo, but the only way to get there is to land in Santiago then drive up the Andes Mountains..so we decided to stay in Santiago for a few days before heading towards the snow.
    It was a great decision on our part, it's such a great city with such a great vibe! I live in São Paulo, Brazil, so I thought I wouldn't see much difference in another major city in the same continent...but I was wrong, this place is very different from SP. The infrastructure and architecture reminds you of an european city, sort of in the same way Buenos Aires does. The people are friendly, it's safe to walk around (even at night) taxis are cheap and easy to find, there's good restaurants everywhere...Definitely worth stopping by for a few days...it surprised me how much of a blast my friends and I had.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Santiago
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Budget Travelers
    + 6
    • Foodies
    • Backpackers
    • Luxury Travelers
    • History Buffs
    • Adventure Travelers
    • Nightlife Lovers

    Metropolitan park! Garden by the city

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
Find Hotels in Santiago:

Description

Despite the thick smog which often blankets Santiago, the city offers exciting discoveries and proximity to natural delights. The Mapocho River bisects the city, winding north of the central Plaza de Armas and near the Museo de Bellas Artes. Nightlife and restaurants dot hip neighborhood Bella Vista, where Nobel prize winning poet Pablo Neruda built the La Chascona house. Cafe culture and green urban parks are inviting ways to while away the hours, and if that gets tiring you can head to the Barrio Brasil district for some bohemian funk. Santiago makes a great base for day trips as well, with the Maipo Valley wine region, mountain climbing, and kayaking all within striking distance. Continuing to commune with nature, when you get back to the city try the "earthquake" (terremoto), a drink made of wine and ice cream which will surely shake you up.

OverviewEdit

4.5 out of 5
72 members' reviews
58,624 people visited Santiago

Current ForecastbyWeather Underground

loading weather

Santiago Hotels

Hotel Rio Bidasoa
Hotel Rio Bidasoa
Avg. rating:
The Aubrey
The Aubrey
Avg. rating:
W Santiago
W Santiago
Avg. rating:
View All hotels

Things To Do in Santiago

Mercado Central
Mercado Central
Avg. rating:
Cerro Santa Lucía
Cerro Santa Lucía
Avg. rating:
View All Things to do

Santiago Restaurants

La Piojera
La Piojera
Avg. rating:
Emporio La Rosa
Emporio La Rosa
Avg. rating:
The Clinic
The Clinic
Avg. rating:
View All restaurants

Top Reviewers

  • 1
    Tracey ChandlerTracey's Santiago Guide
  • 2
    Paula BonnetPaula's Santiago Guide
  • 3
    Felipe VarasFelipe's Santiago Guide
  • 4
    Steve DeAngeloSteve's Santiago Guide
  • 5
    Katie WorthKatie's Santiago Guide

Trips that include Santiago

My Santiago List

By Tom Andrus

My Santiago List

By Aksel Jensen

Santiago de Chile

By Shorsh

Recently Reviewed Hotels in Santiago

Report this place

Aliases: Cementerio General, Recoleta Cemetery