Santiago Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 98%Adventure Travelers
- 97%Local Culture
- 96%Family Travelers
- 86%Nightlife Lovers
- 86%Art & Design Lovers
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- SantiagoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 8
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:
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:
- SantiagoMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 5
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 cityRecommended for:
- SantiagoMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersWellness+ 3
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:
- SantiagoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11
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.
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!
- SantiagoMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4
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.
- SantiagoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 5
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.
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
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.
- SantiagoMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesAdventure Travelers+ 3
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.
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