96. Santiago, Chile

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Why Santiago, Chile

Santiago, Chile is a major city in South America, but it does not get visited often; most go to its neighbors Peru and Argentina. It’s worth a visit. I call Santiago the kissing city and you’ll see why when you visit. There are people kissing everywhere; its pretty amazing. There’s even a park where that’s all you see as you walk through the park :-).

Santiago, Chile - Kissing

Santiago, Chile – Kissing

 

Santiago, Chile - Juggler

Santiago, Chile – Juggler

Where

Santiago is the capital of Chile and its largest city. It sits at the base of the Andes about midway in the country southeast of the coastal city of Valparaíso.

How To Get Here

By Train

Train service is not a popular mode of transportation. However, you can find information here. Seat61 also has some insights into Chilean train travel here.

By Plane

The closest airport is Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL).

The following airlines has service to Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL):

Aerolineas Argentinas (AR), Aeromexico (AM), Air Canada (AC), Air France (AF), Alitalia (AZ), American Airlines (AA), AviancaTACA (AV), British Airways (BA), Copa Airlines (CM), Delta Air Lines (DL), Gol (G3), Iberia Airlines (IB), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), LATAM Airlines (LA), LATAM Brasil (JJ), Qantas (QF), Sky Airline (H2), TAM Mercosur (PZ) and United Airlines (UA).

By Bus

There are several bus service to Santiago if you are already in the country or the continent. Start at AndesTransit. There is also Pullman Bus and Turbus.

Santiago, Chile - Terminal Almeda

Santiago, Chile – Terminal Alameda

By Car

If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.

Where To Stay

I’ve been to Santiago a few times staying in anywhere from a hostel to a fine hotel. So take you pick of places to stay. The large brands are represented here so you’ll have no issues remaining loyal to your brand.

Santiago, Chile - Santa Beatriz

Santiago, Chile – Santa Beatriz

==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.

==>> Try Airbnb.

Where To Eat

Lots of great restaurants in different parts of the city. Plus there is a large local market where you can get good food on the run.

Santiago, Chile - Costa Brava Restaurant

Santiago, Chile – Costa Brava Restaurant

 

Santiago, Chile - Soup at La Joya del Pacifico Restaurant

Santiago, Chile – Soup at La Joya del Pacifico Restaurant

 

Santiago, Chile - Pino

Santiago, Chile – Pino

==>> You can find a list of restaurants from TripAdvisor here.

What To Do

This city is massive and has lots to do. The usual museums and walking tours works and huge parks around the city. Ensure that you see the Cerro San Cristobal as from here you have an amazing panoramic view of the city below.

Santiago, Chile - Central Market

Santiago, Chile – Central Market

 

Santiago, Chile - View

Santiago, Chile – View

 

Santiago, Chile - San Cristobal Hill

Santiago, Chile – San Cristobal Hill

 

Santiago, Chile – Plaza de Armas

 

==>> Here is a list of more organized things to do from Trip Advisor.

==>> Here are some trip ideas from my partner Viator.

==>> Here is some additional information Lonely Planet.

 

Additional Information

Language: Spanish

Currency: Chilean Peso (CLP)

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Santiago, Chile - Park

Santiago, Chile – Park

 

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