Congratulations! You’ve arrived in Santiago, now to enjoy! Check out these recommendations to make the most of your time in this unique city.
Cerro San Cristobal
Visible from all over the city, The view from the summit is a must-see for all visitors to Santiago. Best enjoyed after taking on the one hour walk to the top, you can also take the funicular railway to the statue of the Virgin Mary. Enjoy the view with a picnic, take a stroll through the Japanese garden, a real oasis of tranquility in such a lively city, and marvel at how they even got the statue up there in the first place!
Before making the hop over to Chile, here are some useful tips that could come in handy when planning your trip!
Before you come:
Packing your bags: There is no wrong time to come to Chile. Though the winters, running from June to August, can be rather nippy, the opportunity to explore the snowy caps of Los Andes more than compensates for the cold weather! Chile has an unparalleled variety of stunning landscapes, spanning from The Atacama Desert in the north to Patagonia in the south, which present a plethora of weather conditions. Make sure to bring warm layers for the cool desert nights and mountain hikes. However don’t forget to bring shorts and sun tan cream, as the summer temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius and beyond!
Bolivia borders Chile in the North-Eastern region. Beyond a border, these two countries share beautiful landscapes and the natural design that beckons exploration. Coming from a smaller, land-locked country like Bolivia to the world’s longest coastline, it may be hard to know where to begin. This blog covers common routes taken to cross the border, what to expect to get into Chile, and some differences and similarities of these Latin American neighbors. Continue reading
Las Condes- the Manhattan of Santiago and home to Chile’s “economic elite” is an exceptional neighborhood to book your Airbnb stay while visiting Santiago. Though most of the population is dressed in business casual, this is also a great spot for families and traveling couples. Las Condes has the most amount of craft shops, great arcades and cinemas, and if you want to be extra touristy Sky Costanera is the highest observatory in South America. Continue reading
Staying in the Vitacura neighborhood of Santiago, Chile is sure to be a luxurious time well $pent. There is a lot of money in Vitacura as its the shopping center of Santiago. Louis Vuitton, Armani, and Brooks Brothers are all household names. Your Airbnb stay will allow you live a life of luxury even if only temporarily- not to mention a pretty decent exchange rate from USD to Chilean Peso.
Santiago’s historical center- Barrio Lastarria, is an endless hub of cultural activities, street performers, and touristy fun times to be had. Airbnb offers rental homes, apartments, and rooms that let you be in the middle of it all.
The hipster vibes of Lastarria can be enjoyed in this 1 bedroom cozy, colorful apartment. You will surely not forget in which of the best neighborhoods of Santiago you reside. Each wall of your home and neighborhood is an accent wall! This location is near cafes, cinemas, and cultural centers.
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Did you know that Chile is the world’s 5th largest wine exporter, with 100 wineries?! The country is known to be a “world class wine destination” – and it is also the 9th largest producer of wine.
Since the first plantation of vines in the beginning of the 16th century by the conquistador Francisco de Aguirre Copiapó, Chile has had significant growth in the number of variety of grapes presented in its territory. Under the colonial period leaded by the Spanish Empire, various types of grapes coming from Spain were introduced to the country with the main purpose of producing Catholic rituals wines in mass. Originating from the north, the vineyards were expanded to Santiago and then moved to the south during the following century, reaching the Bio Bio River.