Santiago

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The capital city of Chile is famous for its colonial-era architecture, lively arts scene and breathtaking mountain scenery.

Santiago is dynamic, historic and entertaining with its art galleries and theaters, colonial architecture and modern shopping districts. Nestled between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, the picturesque Chilean capital has a pleasant temperate climate year-round.

Santiago’s heart is Plaza de Armas, an animated square surrounded by historical monuments. Visit the Catedral de Santiago and the National History Museum, housed in the elegant Palacio de la Real Audiencia. Sit at a café terrace and observe street performers, artisans and preachers. Discover ancient Latin American cultures at the nearby Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

Walk along the pedestrianized commercial street Paseo Ahumada to the iconic Santiago Stock Exchange Building. Tour the Palacio de la Moneda and see the visual arts exhibitions at the Centro Cultural La Moneda. Browse the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural in Quinta Normal Park.

Escape the city’s bustle at Parque Forestal and visit the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo. Sample local seafood, such as picocoros, at the Mercado Central. Explore the bohemian Bellavista neighborhood and visit La Chascona, the former home of the famous poet Pablo Neruda. Ride the funicular up to Cerro San Cristóbal for views of Santiago’s skyline and the Andes.

For more excellent views, climb Cerro Santa Lucía, where Pedro de Valdivia founded Santiago. See the nearby 16th-century Iglesia San Francisco and the Teatro Municipal de Santiago. The modern Providencia neighborhood is home to the mall and skyscrapers of the Costanera Center.

Santiago is a 2.5-hour drive from the Chilean coast and the border of Argentina. You can fly to Santiago Airport or take a long-distance bus from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil or Peru.

Although relatively wealthy for a Latin American city, Santiago still has poverty. Take all regular precautions to have an enjoyable experience without incidents. Purchase a Bip!-card to make the most of Santiago’s comprehensive public transport system. Don’t miss the mural by Mario Toral at the Universidad de Chile metro station, symbolizing Chile’s past oppression and newfound freedom of expression.

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Where to stay in Santiago

ICON Hotel
ICON Hotel
4 out of 5
Av. Alonso de Cordova 6050, Las Condes, Santiago, 7550000
The price is $89 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$89
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Santiago. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
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"Great location, close to restaurants and parks. Clean and overall good service. Breakfast is just OK. Biggest issue for business the hotel does not have a business center. Used the dry cleaning service and specifically asked for folded shirts, they came back on a hanger"

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2022

ICON Hotel
La Quinta by Wyndham Santiago Aeropuerto
La Quinta by Wyndham Santiago Aeropuerto
4 out of 5
Av. Americo Vespucio 1284, Santiago, Santiago, 9020000
The price is $90 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 3
$90
per night
Dec 2 - Dec 3
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Santiago. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (440 reviews)
Good but unreliable transfer
"Very nice and clean accomodations, but unable to get airport transfer from the airport, only to."

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2022

La Quinta by Wyndham Santiago Aeropuerto
Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal
Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal
4 out of 5
Armando Cortinez Norte 2150, Santiago, Region Metropolitana, 0
The price is $144 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6
$144
per night
Dec 5 - Dec 6
Stay at this 4-star ski hotel in Santiago. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"Convenient! Across the airport terminal"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Suite by Time
Suite by Time
4 out of 5
Callao 2988, Las Condes, Santiago, Region Metropolitana, 832100
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Santiago. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a health club. Our guests praise the overall value in our ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (211 reviews)
"It was very clean but the breakfast place is not in the same location it is like a block or two from the hotel."

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2022

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Park Plaza Apart Hotel
Park Plaza Apart Hotel
3 out of 5
Av. Huerfanos 545, Santiago, Region Metropolitana, 8320150
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Santiago. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a health club. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (455 reviews)
"Nicely located, friendly staff, clean room."

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2022

Park Plaza Apart Hotel
Lastarria Hotel & Aparts
Lastarria Hotel & Aparts
3 out of 5
José Victorino Lastarria, 43, Santiago, Region Metropolitana, 8320165
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Santiago. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (167 reviews)
"What can I say? Very exciting studio for a single traveler. Great location safe to practically anywhere. transportation. Easy access."

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

Lastarria Hotel & Aparts
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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