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.

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Leisure in Santiago

Santiago is a cosmopolitan city with a large number of attractions and a natural environment. These are the most interesting places to visit in Santiago in the leisure time.

The Parque Metropolitano of Santiago is commonly known as Cerro San Cristobal. It is de biggest urban park of the city. It is one of the most emblematic places of Santiago. In its wide extension there are many attractions, the most important ones are the sanctuary, the viewpoint, the zoo, and the funicular.

The Palacio de la Moneda is an historic place which should be visited in Santiago de Chile. It has an impressive white facede and it is the headquarters of the President of Chile.

The Metropolitan Cathedral of  Santiago is the headquarters of the Catholic church in Chile. It is located in Plaza de Armas. It is a neoclassical building and its indoor shows a large quantity of altars.

In the centre of Santiago de Chille is the most visited hill of the city. The Santa Lucia Hill. Here you can find relics of the Chilean past, the Hidalgo castle and many terraces. Moreover there are free tours on Sundays.

One of the principal places to visit in Santiago de Chile is Plaza de Armas, which owns many of the most emblematic buildings in the city, like the Cathedral or the Natural History Museum. But the best of Plaza de Armas is its atmosphere, full of artist, musicians, painters, etc

                                                                  Weather in Santiago

 The city enjoys a Mediterranean climate with four well-defined seasons, which are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere.  

Winter begins in June and lasts through September, when temperatures rarely exceed 15 degrees C (60 degrees F).  Even though this is the coolest time of year, the average temperatures rarely drop below freezing. Due to an inversion effect, smog in the city normally peaks during the winter months

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Travel to Santiago

Traveling to Chile’s capital is a great journey. Most large airlines have direct flights or flights with layovers to Chile. Chile’s national airline is LAN which is part of the Oneworld Alliance which includes American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Mexicana and Quanta among others. Arturo Merino Benitez Airport is Santiago’s international airport and it is located in Pudahuel, 15 k or 9.3 miles North West of downtown Santiago.

Some countries require a valid visa to visit Chile. Check your local travel agent or contact the nearest Chilean consulate. Some travelers have to pay a fee to enter the country but only by air, there is no fee to enter by land. This is in response to a reciprocity fee that other nations charge Chileans to visit their country.

 

From the airport to the city center

Bus

It is the cheapest option from the Airport to the city center. There are two options: Centropuerto and Turbus. Both buses take 45 minutes to arrive from Santiago de Chile Airport  to Los Héroes, located in the city center.

Centropuerto

One-way ticket costs 1.800 CLP (1,5€ ) and the round-trip ticket 3.200 CLP. You can pay the ticket at a stand that is just after customs or cash in the bus.

There is a high frequency, the buses are running from 6am until 11:30pm every 10 minutes and at night every hour.

Taxi or Uber

Passengers coming from abroad are recommended to use only authorized transportation from the airport, which must be hired prior to departure.

IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED TO TAKE TAXIS OUTSIDE THE AIRPORT 

UBER and CABIFY applications operate throughout the city without any problem. However both apps are not regularized in the country and we do not recommend using them to travel from the airport because drivers are likely to be stopped by the police.  At any other point in the city there is no problem in using both apps. It’s completely safe.

Also, there’s a wide range of taxis that operate freely throughout the city (blacks with yellow roofs) All taxis that travel through Santiago have a charging system per meter, from a base rate ($ 300 – 0.40 Euros) that increases according to the route, (per minute and distance).They operate 24 hours a day. (but they are the riskiest to take) There is also the service of radio taxis that are hired by telephone. The value of the route in this case can be known in advance, without any variations. (very safe, but somewhat more expensive than using UBER or CABIFY.)

Therefore the most convenient way to get from Santiago airport to the city center is by taxi. The trip to the center can cost about 17,000CLP (€ 22).

You will find taxis as soon as you leave customs. We recommend you to always hire taxis at the counters of the companies that you will find just after leaving the customs.

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