Welcome to SantiagoChile is a must-see destination for those seeking striking landscapes, cultural, gastronomic delights accompanied by fine wines, and a great human experience thanks to the warmth of its people. Chile has a privileged union as opposed landscapes and climates that is capable of displaying an array of natural wonders as varied as the Atacama Desert, Patagonia and Easter Island. Discover Santiago, capital of Chile multifaceted, that conquers with its parks, and sports and cultural activities. Santiago is the capital and biggest city of Chile, with over 6,000,000 people. It is located between the Mapocho and Maipo rivers valleys, and surrounded by mountains. You can find almost everything you need in this city. Surprise yourself with its first class cuisine and experience the exciting nightlife in its many neighborhoods. In the Pacific coast, less than two hours ride you find Valparaiso. Cultural Heritage of Mankind, its picturesque architecture makes it beloved by artists and bohemians which has turned this place into a living legend.Get lost in the hills of the port city of Valparaiso for an intense experience in colors and flavors, and cool off in the waters of the Pacific Ocean in beaches like Reñaca Viña del Mar or, if you love snow, come during the winter season and hit for the best skiing in South America at the majestic Andes. The Andes mountain range concentrates in the Central region the main Ski resorts of the country with magnificient ski runs considered the best in South America, among them you find Valle Nevado, Portillo, and Termas de Chillan. Only two hours by car separate the mountains from the Pacific Ocean, enjoy sports in the snow and then enjoy delicious seafood in the Chilean coast! and, of course, do not miss the opportunity to know the valleys that give life to some of the best red and white wines in the world! Santiago is chosen to house the most relevant Congresses and Conventions in Latin America because of its outstanding infrastructure. It has the best hotels, restaurants of every ethnic background, discos, clubs, museums, universities, international and national airports, high rise office buildings, theaters, malls, fun parks, a modern subway system which makes finding your way around Santiago very easy. In Santiago you can find everything you need. Whether you are here for business or pleasure you will like Santiago, Chile.
Santiago Highlights Attractions
This slick, privately operated fashion museum comprises a vast and exquisite permanent collection of Western clothing – 20th-century designers are particularly well-represented.
When poet Pablo Neruda needed a secret hideaway to spend time with his mistress Matilde Urrutia, he built La Chascona (loosely translated as ‘messy hair’), the name inspired by her unruly curls. Neruda, of course, was a great lover of the sea, so the dining room is modeled on a ship’s cabin and the living room on a lighthouse.
This is one of Santiago’s more innovative dining experiences. The name means ‘French barbershop,’ and that’s exactly what this elegant corner building, dating from 1868, originally was. Decorated with quirky antiques (all available for purchase), it still has turn-of-the-century charm; it gets crowded on weekend evenings with hip Santiaguinos who come for the excellent French-style seafood dishes.
This striking cultural and performing arts center – named after Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral, the first Latin American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature – is an exciting addition to Santiago’s art scene. There are concerts and performances most days of the week.
Without a doubt one of the most unique culinary experiences in Chile, this Bellavista upstart is innovating Chilean cuisine by looking back to the culinary roots of the Mapuche, Easter Islanders and Quechua.
Pre-Columbian Art Museum
Exquisite pottery from most major pre-Columbian cultures is the backbone of Santiago’s best museum, the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. As well as dozens of intricately molded anthropomorphic vessels, star exhibits include hefty Maya stone stele and a fascinating Andean textile display.
Santiago’s wrought-iron fish market is a classic for seafood lunches (and hangover-curing fish stews like the tomato- and potato-based caldillo de congrio, Pablo Neruda’s favorite). Skip the touristy restaurants in the middle and head for one of the tiny low-key stalls around the market’s periphery.
The “Clinic Bar”
This cool, quirky bar and eatery has an intellectual edge – it’s the official watering hole of Chilean political magazine The Clinic. You’ll be downing classic cocktails and gourmet pub food alongside hipster journalists in dark-rimmed glasses.
Head to the top of the tallest building in Latin America for a 360-degree view of Santiago and the mountains that tower above it on both sides for as far as the eye can see. Views are best on sunny winter days after it rains or in late afternoons during warmer months when the smog subsides.
San Cristobal Hill
The best sweeping views over Santiago are from the peaks and viewpoints at Parque Metropolitano, better known as Cerro San Cristóbal. Over 722 hectares, the park is Santiago’s largest green space, but it’s still decidedly urban: a funicular carries you between different landscaped sections, and roads through it are aimed at cars rather than hikers.
‘Flaunt it’ seems to have been the main idea behind the shockingly lavish Palacio Cousiño. It was built between 1870 and 1878 by the prominent Cousiño-Goyenechea family after they’d amassed a huge fortune from winemaking, coal and silver mining, and it’s a fascinating glimpse of how Chile’s 19th-century elite lived.
Chile’s presidential offices are in the Palacio de la Moneda. The ornate neoclassical building was designed by Italian architect Joaquín Toesca in the late 18th century and was originally the official mint. The inner courtyards are generally open to the public; schedule a guided tour with a week’s notice on visitasguiadas.presidencia.cl.
“Huelén” or Santa Lucía Hill
Take a break from the chaos of the Centro with an afternoon stroll through this lovingly manicured park. It was just a rocky hill until 19th-century mayor Benjamín Vicuña Mackenna had it transformed into one of the city’s most memorable parks.
Even after restorations that added contemporary elegance to its appearance, Confitería Torres – one of Santiago’s oldest cafes – still wears its history on its sleeve. Aging waiters attend with aplomb, chandeliers glow and the green-and-white floor tiles are worn from use.
San Francisco Church
The first stone of the austere Iglesia de San Francisco was laid in 1586, being Santiago’s oldest surviving colonial building. Its sturdy walls have weathered some powerful earthquakes, although the current clock tower, finished in 1857, is the fourth. Also, you can find Art Museum.
Overlooking the Plaza de Armas is the neoclassical Catedral Metropolitana, built between 1748 and 1800. Bishops celebrating mass on the lavish main altar may feel uneasy: beneath them is the crypt where their predecessors are buried. The church’s exterior underwent renovations and it pulled back the courtains in June 2015.
Paris Londres District
This pocket-sized neighborhood developed on the grounds of the Franciscan convent of Iglesia de San Francisco, is made up of two intersecting cobble-stone streets, París and Londres, which are lined by graceful European-style townhouses built in the 1920s.
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BIKE AND WINE TOUR AT SANTA RITA VINEYARD
FRIDAY MORNING (BIKE AND WINE TOUR)
For outdoor sports lovers, we have created a route where you will ride through the Maipo Valley with the Andes mountains in the background. You will visit 3 wineries: Carmen, an important Chilean boutique winery where the grape variety Carmenere was rediscovered over 15 years ago; Nativa, to find out all about the work and cares of an organic winery. A tasting will be done in a rustic “quincho” (typical Chilean marquee) with beautiful views of the vineyards and animals from the organic farm. Finally, you will discover all the tradition of Santa Rita winery by visiting its historical cellars that are now national monuments. You will taste wines from all of the wineries and the tour ends with a lovely lunch. The tour includes a bilingual guide, transport to and from Santiago and hotel pick-up.
Para los amantes de los deportes al aire libre, hemos desarrollado una ruta para pedalear por el valle del Maipo, con la imponente Cordillera de los Andes como telón de fondo. Se recorrerán 3 bodegas: Viña Carmen; importante viña boutique chilena, lugar donde se redescubrió el carmenere en Chile hace más de 15 años; Viña Nativa, dónde conoceremos las prácticas y cuidados de una viña orgánica, degustando sus vinos en un rústico quincho con hermosas vistas a los viñedos y animales de la granja orgánica y finalmente, toda la tradición de Viña Santa Rita visitando sus históricas bodegas que son hoy monumento nacional. Se degustarán vinos de todas las bodegas y se finalizará con un rico almuerzo. Considera guía bilingüe, transporte desde y hacia Santiago, recogiendo a los pasajeros en el hotel.
FROM USD 140 PER PERSON
CRAFTSMEN TOWN LOS DOMINICOS
The dawny barns
FRIDAY AFTERNOON (LOS DOMINICOS HALF DAY)
Departure from the hotel towards the residential zone of Los Dominicos. Tour to the cosy Craftsmen Town Los Graneros del Alba, immersed in the Chilean colonial architecture of the 1800. Goldsmiths and jewellers give texture to metals and precious stones; clays and ceramics acquire special colours and beauty in the treatment of the mud furnaces, fine leather completions, beautiful looms and wool of authentic indigenous traditions and varied objects of collection of the Latin American colonial time.
FROM USD 50 PER PERSON
(minimum 02 passengers for tour)
The Visa is an official document required by foreigners to enter the country, which process is carried out in the consulates of Chile present throughout the world. Thanks to bilateral agreements, some countries do not require a Tourism Visa to enter Chile, but only their personal identification. These are: Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay and Peru.
Meanwhile, persons from the countries with which Chile maintains a tourist visa exemption regime are exempted from the payment of the Visa, listed below:
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- South Africa
Citizens of countries not listed above should consult the local Chilean consulate to request a Visa. For more information you can consult the website Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile and Chile en el Exterior, belonging to this same institution.