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.
The weather in the Metropolitan Region is temperate with rains in winter and very dry summers. The average annual temperature is around 20 ° C. In winter is around 8 ° C and in summer temperatures easily surpass 30 ° C. It’s important to be well hydrated and apply sunscreen
Business in this place open from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Some of the stores close during lunch time. Malls and shopping centers open from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Museums have their own schedules.
The Metro in Santiago operates through a BIP card that can be purchased at any metro station. The card is loaded with money and can be used for in the metro and in any Transantiago bus.
Do not litter on parks or streets. Taking care of our environment is everyone's responsibility. Avoid fines by following the rules.
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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.
Tour Concha y Toro Winery4 Hours
The history of the Concha y Toro vineyard began with the first strains brought by the Spaniards. This has made it a successful vineyard…
City tour Santiago4 Hours
In this city tour you will visit the most important of Santiago: The historical center of the capital and the most modern area that…
Undurraga Winery Tour4 Hours
Complete tour to know the Viña Undurraga and all its history. You will tour the park, the wineries and finish with a rich wine tasting.
Tour Farellones and Valle NevadoFull day
Come and visit the village of Farellones and the ski resort Valle Nevado, in the Andes mountain range, just 70 kilometers from Santiago.
Embalse del Yeso excursion11 Hours
Excursion to Embalse del Yeso in Cajón del Maipo, one of the unforgettable walks to do in the surroundings of Santiago.
Tour Baños Colina10 Hours
Come and discover the thermal waters of Colina Bath in Cajón del Maipo, at the bottom of the Andes mountain, a few kilometers from Santiago.
San José Volcano Trekking7 Hours
Trekking to San José volcano, located in the Andes mountain range in Cajón del Maipo, a few kilometers from the center of Santiago.
El Morado Glacier excursion8 Hours
Come to visit the landscapes of the Andes mountain range on a trekking to the Natural Monument El Morado located in Cajón del Maipo,…
Bicycle in Santiago4 Hours
Cycle through some of Santiago's most famous markets. Walk through the walls filled with graffiti of Barrio Bellavista and learn about…
Come and visit the city of Santiago on foot to know the architecture, the small streets and the political and cultural history of the…
Meet the famous Cousiño Macul Vineyard by bicycle. Walk through its vineyards and walk among the wine barrels of the private collection…
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,…
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…
Av. Nueva Costanera 3736, Vitacura, Santiago
Noi Vitacura is located in the heart of Alonso de Córdova, a neighborhood known throughout Chile for its notable boutiques offering…
Avda Pedro de Valdivia 164, Providencia, Santiago
Neruda Apart Hotel offers Furnished and fully equipped apartments located amid the entertaining Providencia neighbourhood.
Ruta Los Libertadores Km 53, Rinconada, Los Andes, Santiago
Enjoy Santiago offers a unique combination of nature, relax and entertainment. Irresistible place to switch off and enjoy an integral…
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…