Santiago, Chile’s capital and largest city, sits in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean Coast Range. Plaza de Armas, the grand heart of the city’s old colonial core, is home to 2 neoclassical landmarks: the 1808 Palacio de la Real Audiencia, housing the National History Museum, and the 18th-century Metropolitan Cathedral. La Chascona is the home-turned-museum of poet Pablo Neruda.
WHERE TO STAY
Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Convention Center
Set 350 m from Santiago Metropolitan Park, this modern hotel in a sleek building is a 10-minute walk from Pedro de Valdivia metro station and 5 km from La Moneda Palace, home to the president.Temazcal and a patio.
Santiago Marriott Hotel
Set in the upscale Las Condes district, this elegant hotel is a 4-minute walk from high-end shopping at Falabella Parque Arauco and 12.9 km from downtown Santiago.
Set in a polished building off Chile Route 68, this modern hotel is a 6-minute walk from Baquedano metro station and 2 km from the galleries of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.
An 8-minute walk from El Golf metro station, this contemporary hotel is 6 km from the Museo Nacional Bellas Artes.
THINGS TO DO
Valle Nevado Ski Resort
Burnish your skiing or snowboarding skillset with a lesson at one of Chile’s premier resorts—Valle Nevado—perched in the heights of the beautiful Andes. Enjoy a 2-hour beginner group lesson, equipment rental, resort admission, and roundtrip transportation from your hotel.
Coastal Vina del Mar & Historic Valparaiso
Explore the Chilean coast with a guided tour of 2 of the country’s seaside gems—the charming hillside port city of Valparaiso and picturesque beachfront Viña del Mar.
Those looking for the best views of Santiago should head to Metropolitan Park, where cable cars will take visitors to the top of the San Cristobal Hill. Also featured in the park is a funicular, which dates back to 1925, a zoo, botanical gardens, a religious sanctuary, and a children’s park. What else could you possibly hope to find within one park?
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
The best place for finding artworks and artefacts from pre-Columbian Central and South America is at Santiago’s Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Artistic sculptures, textiles jewellery, and other amazing artefacts can be found within the museum that is open daily.
WHERE TO DINE
Peumayen Ancestral Food