Dynamic and cosmopolitan, Santiago is a vital and versatile city. Home to many events showcasing the very best of Chilean culture, it also hosts superb international festivals of sound, flavor and color. The Chilean capital gives new life into all its visitors!
The city’s diversity shines through in its many contrasting neighborhoods. Set out to explore the city streets and you’ll discover beautiful and original art galleries, design shops and handicraft markets, as well as a great selection of restaurants, bars and cafes. Night owls can enjoy a taste of lively Latino nightlife in hip Bellavista! Visit downtown Santiago to get a real feel for the city. Learn more about the country in its many fine museums, or wander around the famous Central Market – a gourmet’s delight.
A great part of the history of Chile has been written at the Plaza de Armas (Main Square) and its surrounding buildings. Walk around its streets to find old buildings like the Santiago City Hall, the Cathedral, the National History Museum, and many others. Or just sit down and take in the busy life of the city on the classic Paseo Ahumada.
The city’s downtown offers a variety of places to eat. Elegant restaurants welcome customers walking along the streets. However, if you are looking to recharge your batteries, don’t miss out on the famous “picadas” (small food joints), where food is plentiful.
Fans of the great outdoors can head for the hills that surround the city and marvel at panoramic views of Santiago with the magnificent Andes behind. Take the opportunity to grab a picnic and visit one of the city's many parks. You’ll find first-rate shopping opportunities in the stylish Alonso de Córdoba neighborhood and in the city’s many modern malls.