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!
When you travel to a new destination, you may need to spend a few hours researching what you need to do on arrival. This guide is made to help make this process easier and simpler for you, with the top things to know once you have landed in Santiago, Chile.
When I first arrived in Chile, or even, when I first started to plan my trip to Chile, all I saw was the following photo, in some form or another. It was on the front of every single travel book, on posters, postcards, ads and even on the 1000 peso bill. I had to go.
Packing. Some love it, some hate it. Either way, I’ve created a packing list for those visiting Chile, to make the process a little easier for you.
I am currently in Chile, and will be here for 8 months in total, before I continue my journey around South America and eventually, back home. So I had to pack everything I needed to last me up to 10 months, in just two bags, to ensure I could carry it all around when I travel with no problem.
No matter who you are and where you’re traveling in Chile or around, this list should simplify your packing process and make the whole experience a little less stressful.
Piedra del Águila is definitely a must-see if you’re traveling around Angol, Concepción or anywhere nearby. It’s the best viewpoint from the whole mountain range and one of the best in Chile.
The Piedra del Águila is located in the Nahuelbuta National Park, a stunning location especially known for its unique Araucarian trees, which are extremely tall and resemble stools popping out over the dense forest below.
These unique trees are native to central and southern Chile and western Argentina. They are considered to be a Chilean national tree and the Nahuelbuta National Park is a great place to see them while also taking in the views of the west and east.
The Piedra del Águila, a large rock that looks out over the great forest and the National Park, offers extraordinary views towards the Pacific Ocean and Mocha Island on one side, and to the volcanoes and towering mountains of the Andes on the other side.
The trek up to the rock alone is an awesome adventure, the Araucaria trees will tower over you as you walk through the dense forest.
From the park entrance, it takes roughly 1 hour to get to the rock, along a 6km track. It’s a suitable walk for people of all ages to come and enjoy so take your family, your friends or even your colleagues to come on the adventure with you!
Spring is the perfect time of the year to start your outdoor activities and get active again after the cold winter and it really is a phenomenal place that you must visit, whether you’re a local or a tourist!
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In Santiago, you are never short of things to do and places to see, however sometimes the crowds can begin to feel overwhelming. If you’re looking to get away from the hoards, check out these suggestions to discover some lesser-known hidden treasures.
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After all the frenetic preparations for the wedding and the incredible day itself, it’s time to start your adventure together with an adventure! Check out these beauty spots to see why you should choose Chile for a honeymoon you’ll be able to tell the grandkids about.
San Pedro de Atacama:
Famed for its spectacular sunsets, a sky filled with a million stars and jaw-dropping views, San Pedro de Atacama has recently been voted one of the twenty most romantic places on Earth. Watching the sunset with a glass of Chilean red, as the sky takes on a glorious plethora of deep reds and pale oranges, with nobody around for miles, you will truly feel as you’re in your own romantic paradise. To feel as if it’s just you and the stars, try out stargazing in the very heart of the desert with this excellent tour.
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!