The city of Santiago is the capital of Chile, along with being the most important cultural, administrative and financial centre of the country. Santiago is located in the maipo Valley, between the middle of the coastal mountain range, the cordillera of the Andes, the cords of Chacabuco and Angostura. Within the city you can find different cultural, Bohemian neighborhoods, even places to be with nature.
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.