© Manuel Bahamondez
© Manuel Bahamondez
Santiago del Nuevo Extremo, Chile's capital city, was founded on February 14th by Pedro de Valdivia on the valley next to Mapocho River. Located 543 meters above sea level, this territory presents a slight incliniation from East to West and, placed on it, two important heights overlooking the city, namely San Cristóbal and Santa Lucía hills. From both you can gaze at an amazing panoramic view of Santiago.
The capital extends over an area of 140 thosand square meters and boasts a population of more than 4 million inhabitants, being the largest and most populated city within Chile. These lands are blessed with a mediterranean climate, with scarce rainfalls concentrated mostly during Autumm and Winter. The average annual temperature is 62.6°F (17°C), going above 86°F (30°C) during summer.
As in most major metropolitan city, Santiago has historically gathered the major commerical, political, cultural and industrial activity of the country. Thus, here you can find all the necessary means to ensure an enjoyable and pleasant stay: high-quality hotels, restaurants, guided tours, shopping malls, services from governmental organisations as well as diplomatic representatives from most foreign countries.
If you want to know more of Santiago's history, there are several places of great historical importance you can visit: La Casa Colorada (1769), Calicanto Bridge, (1780), La Moneda Palace (1805), Alameda de las Delicias (1820), General Cementery, Santa Lucía Hill (1872) and the National Congress building (1875). However, there are, as well, many other interesting places for you to explore like neighbourhoods, art galleries, entertainment parks, cultural centers. All of them represent the powerful of a city always staring into the future.
As in any other major city, the possibilities for you to enjoy during your time in Santiago are endless and not only restricted to activities in broad daylight. Santiago has a very exciting nightlife where it's posible to have a great time until late hours on neighbourhoods like Barrio Bellavista (Downtown), Suecia street (Providencia District), Paseo San Damián (Las Condes) and Plaza Ñuñoa (Ñuñoa District). All these places have a wide variety of pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and discos to offer for all kinds of people and tastes.
Sernatur (National Tourism Service)
Sernatur provides tourist information about all destinations in Chile, and they can help you with any questions you may have. The main headquarters are located at 1550, Providencia Avenue, Manuel Montt metro station. It operates from Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 to 18:00 and on Saturdays from 9:00 to 14:00. Customer service phone numbers: 7318336 and 7318337. You can also ask at Sernatur's regional offices.
There is also an information desk at Arturo Merino Benitez Airport, in Santiago, opening every day from 8:15 to 20:00. Phone number: 6019320.
For more information, please visit Sernatur's website
Also, there is a tourist information office at Plaza de Armas. Phone numbers: 7136745 - 7136746.
Tours in Santiago
These are some of the programs that we have selected that include Santiago in their destinations. You can see a complete list of Tours in Santiago.
Hotels in Santiago
Here you can see a list of accomodations in Santiago. To see a full list, visit our Hotel guide in Santiago.
El Bosque Norte 0124, Las Condes, Santiago
An invitation to discover the heart of Las Condes in a privileged location, just a short walk from the metro station on "El Bosque…
Guardia Vieja 285, Providencia, Santiago
Eurotel Hotel is a recently renovated Four-Star hotel with a European style, located in the best area of the new civic centre of Santiago,…
San Antonio 65, Santiago, Santiago
A unique hotel concept in South America with the perfect combination of history, quality service, and good taste. Wherever you are…
Kennedy 4601, Las Condes, Santiago
Considered one of the most luxurious hotels in South America, Grand Hyatt Santiago is located in an exclusive residential area in Las…
Vitacura 2885, Las Condes, Santiago
InterContinental Santiago is located in the sector of El Golf, known as the new financial, commercial and gastronomic center of Santiago.…
Kennedy 4570, Las Condes, Santiago
We would like to introduce you to Kennedy Hotel which is located in the top-level area of Santiago
Hotels close to Santiago
This is a list with some of the hotels close to Santiago
Ski in Santiago, at 7 mi from Santiago
Posada Farellones Hotel has a distinct Swiss style, where stone and wood combine to create a cozy, welcoming atmosphere. The hotel…
Los Andes / Portillo, at 41 mi from Santiago
Located 98 km. from Santiago and 14 km. northeast of San Felipe at 1.180 mts. above sea levelthis area is characterized by its privileged…
Viña del Mar, at 49 mi from Santiago
Panamericana O'Higgins Hotel is a traditional establishment, suited for the family as well as business men and women. Located in Viña…
Viña del Mar, at 49 mi from Santiago
A large resort with the best 5 star hotel in the region. Spa, Restaurants, and a modern casino make this an unforgettable experience…
Viña del Mar, at 50 mi from Santiago
Above the sea by Caleta Abarca Beach, appears the Sheraton Miramar Hotel & Convention Centre. Situated at the main entrance to Viña…
Viña del Mar, at 51 mi from Santiago
Casadoca is a pioneer in hotel services, located in Concón, offering an excelent oportunity to rest in comfort in our elegant rooms…
Activities in Santiago
This is a list of some activities you can do in Santiago
If you like biking, take the next step and take on this new challenge. Mountain biking requires physical and technical strengths,…
If you like to achieve new goals, get active and enjoy unique and privileged views of the places you visit then look around these trekking…
The magic that mountains perform on man since immemorial times makes mountaineering followers increase over time. Within many mountain…
Rock art, historical neighborhoods, myths and legends, local food and crafts are some of the elements that make our cultural tours…
They say the best way to get to know a city is to do it like a local. Walk around the historical neighborhoods, eat the traditional…
If you´ve always been a foodie, enjoy new flavors and aren`t afraid to try new things, you then you can´t miss this activity!…
If you are excited about history, this is the perfect scenario for you. Discover the hidden treasures of our country in its amazing…
If you like to be your own transport and are looking for different experiences in your travels, then you should explore our cycling…