Holidays to Santiago, Chile

As the capital of Chile, Santiago’s transport links mean it’s the gateway to exciting destinations like Easter Island, the Atacama Desert and Patagonia. But don’t start your onward travel too hastily, there’s plenty that will delight you in this dynamic and spirited city.

Santiago is a place best tackled on foot. Get your bearings by taking the steep walk up Cerro Santa Lucía. There’s a crafts market, fountains and statues at the top, but you really come here to admire a panorama of the Andes and a terrific view of the city. The view is so good, it’s said this is where the Spanish city planners came to map Santiago out. If you can’t get enough of a birds-eye view of Santiago, take the funicular to Cerro San Cristóbal. It’s one of the city’s so-called island hills, rising almost 1,000ft above the city. 

Once you’ve seen the city from above, it’s time to roll your sleeves up and get in on the action. Santiago is chock-full of cosmopolitan bars and restaurants and has a number of excellent museums if you want to scratch beneath the surface of the city’s rich history. Architecture aficionados will want to swing by Plaza de Armas as this central square is where some of the city’s most historic buildings like the beautiful Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral and the main City Hall building are found. Even those less enthused about colonial architecture will enjoy the buzz around this central plaza. 

Try the neighbourhood of Barrio Bellas Artes or Barroitalia to experience the best of Santiago’s arts scene, the brightly coloured buildings and some of the edgier galleries. Come evening, a popular area in Santiago for nightlife is Bellavista. This bohemian neighbourhood is alive with colour, murals and graffiti, and the bars and restaurants here have a party atmosphere.

Highlights

  • A vibrant bohemian arts scene

  • Incredible views from the island hills

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With its breathtaking landscapes and host of adventures on offer, Chile will always have a special place in my heart. I have lived in Chile and travelled extensively in Ecuador as well as Argentina, Peru and Brazil. I'm fluent in English and Spanish.

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