Welcome to Santiago de Chile
Santiago is the capital of Chile and its largest city. Due to Chile’s economic growth during the past decades Santiago has become one of Latin America’s most modern cities. Its urban area or Greater Santiago, which includes the Commune of Santiago, has a population of over 5 million people who are called Santiaguinos. The Metropolitan area has about 7 million inhabitants.
Today the capital of Chile is a world class city with a cosmopolitan culture and modern telecommunications networks; it is the nation’s business, political, cultural, entertainment and educational center. (The landscape of its financial center is filled with skyscrapers where many multinationals and banks have established their regional headquarters.)
Santiago is the headquarters of the main administrative and government buildings of Chile. Here we can find amusing neighborhoods with dynamic night life, restaurants, design stores and several art galleries to be discovered.
Inside Santiago there are as well large parks and natural areas. One of these is the Metropolitan Park located in San Cristóbal Hill where you can visit the Zoo, trekking trails, swimming pools, the Immaculate Conception Sanctuary that is at its summit, the funicular train and the cable car.
As it is located in a valley, the city is surrounded by mountains that offer attractive scenes such as visiting the ski centers during the winter, trekking, horseback riding, climbing and much more in the Cajon del Maipo and discover the flavors of typical food while enjoying a day in the country.
Around Santiago there are some of the most important wine-making valleys in the country. They are known because of their wine route, where you can visit the vineyards and taste the different vines of wine with the Chilean gastronomy.