Santiago, capital of Chile, sits the middle of the country and is its central hub.
The most striking feature of the city is its position on the Central Valley, with the Andes providing an amazing backdrop as they loom majestically on the horizon to the east.
Over the past decade, Santiago has undergone something of a revival in the arts and culture, with new, interesting art galleries and restaurants opening making it a destination in its own right, as opposed to a necessary stopover for exploring the rest of the country.
What to do
- Visit art galleries and museums
- Take a trip to some of the artisan and crafts markets
- Enjoy the city's restaurants, cafes and bars
- Days trips to the Wine Region
When to go
Santiago is great all year round, especially in the warmer months November through March
When you visit Chile, whether you’re heading North to the Atacama or South to Patagonia, you must take some time to explore the capital city of Santiago. With pretty neighborhoods such as Lastarria, interesting museums and art galleries, and of course those stunning views over to the Andes, Santiago is a great place to soak up the culture of Chile.