After almost a year living in Santiago, I am about to fly back home to England. I have loved my time here, of course, but there are several things that I learned during my stay that I wish I had found out sooner. I have compiled the most important of these things to make this list of the top travel tips you must know before visiting or moving to Santiago.
Trust me, you will want to read on, as these tips could come in handy and maybe even save your life!
There is no place quite like Chile, literally.
This long and narrow country which snakes down the side of Argentina in South America unifies contrasting climates and terrains, which feel like they should be worlds apart. The snow-capped peaks of the Andes are only a few hours from the Pacific coastline, and the dry desert of Atacama in the north of Chile contrasts massively from the frozen Patagonian fjords in the south.
Its complex topography and impressive length (2,670 miles from top to bottom), make Chile the most incredible place to visit, as it offers an incredible array of different places to explore and adventures to cross off the bucket-list.
Here is a list of the unmissable experiences and most spectacular places to visit in Chile.
Santiago is filled with 26 different neighborhoods (barrios) and communes (comunas), which characterize the different faces of the city, including Bellavista, Lastarria and Barrio Italia, so you’ll never run out of places to go or things to see as every turn will bring a new surprise.
There are many different things you can do in the city, see “Santiago – Top Ten Attractions” to learn discover the most popular things to do in the city that you can’t miss!
However, if you’re looking to get away from the hoards, check out the suggestions on our Off The Beaten Path in Santiago de Chile blog to discover some lesser-known hidden treasures.
Santiago sits in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and is just 1.5 hours from the coast, so it is in the perfect location as there is always something to do. Read on to see some of the best places to visit just outside the city, if you want to escape the bustling city for some peace and quiet, a day on the beach, or an active adventure in the hills!
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Art and history, shopping and entertainment, or football and food-
whatever brought you to Chile’s capital, here is an Airbnb
for every type of traveler visiting Santiago.
The historian has reached Santiago to museum hop everyday, tour every cathedral, and post as many statue shots on Instagram as possible. You are an artist at heart and appreciate how things have come to be. In this one bedroom apartment you’ll be near the Plaza de Armas, the historic and geographic center of Santiago. If you have more guests, this two bedroom apartment is suitable for up to four, and is also a short walk away from the Chilean National Museum of Natural History. These Airbnb stays both have 5/5 star ratings with reviews stating they had exceptional hosts and are prime locations for the historian traveler.
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!
Santiago, Chile is no stranger to odd and beautiful things. Booking your Airbnb stay will prove no exception. Here are some listings of unique accommodations in Santiago.
Airbnb is a trusted and reliable marketplace connecting people all over the world to provide unique travel experiences. With over 3 million listings you can find a place of your liking in more than 65,000 cities in 191 countries. Bohemian villa, castle in the woods, or tiny hipster room for two – Airbnb has you covered. In this post you will discover some of what Santiago has to offer – from quirky styles, to special locations, to all around different – these unique accommodations provided by Airbnb will make you even more excited about your stay in Chile.
The Andes, Easter Island, volcanoes, seafood, culture, and color- you have so much to look forward to on your travels to Chile. If you are coming from the U.S. there are a few things to know and be prepped for to make the journey smooth so that you can begin your Latin American experience. Here are a few things to you can expect while making your way south.
You need a valid passport. If it’s been awhile check your expiration date-wouldn’t want that to creep up on you at immigration. You will not need a visa to enter Chile. Upon arrival during immigration processing you will receive a 30, 60, or 90 day tourist card often in the form of a passport stamp, 90 being the most common. This is similar to a “visa upon arrival” concept. I like to also keep a copy or two of my passport on my person. This can be helpful when renting a vehicle or providing a copy for your Airbnb host. Either way- good to have on hand.
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