Top 6 Things to Do in Santiago

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1. Take a City Tour with Santiago Adventures

 Santiago, the capital of Chile, is considered New York City’s Latin lovechild. The city is geographically huge, extremely unique, and there’s a lot to see and do here in just a few days in Santiago. Therefore the best way to make sure you see and do everything in Santiago would have to be with a personal tour guide. Santiago Adventures offer small group city tours, as well as a range of other tours in the region visiting the Andes mountains, wineries, and more. To make sure you don’t miss any of the things to do in Santiago and especially if you are short on time, I strongly recommend opting for the ease of a day tour.

2. San Cristobal Hill

 Another spot to visit for THE best view over the city is San Cristobal Hill. This is a great way to get an all-encompassing view over the city – standing at about 300m high over the city.


3. Santa Lucia Hill

 If you don’t decide to book a day tour and wish to visit the sights of Santiago on your own, you should start downtown at Santa Lucia Hill to get a feel for the city. There’s no entrance fee but you will have to sign your name to pass through the gates, and once inside you will find one of the best views over Santiago city.

valle nevado

4. Take a Day trip for some skiing or snowboarding

 If you’ve had enough of the city, you have the Andes mountains quite literally at your fingertips. Just an hour and a half away by car you will reach the foothills of the Andes mountains, where you can enjoy fantastic ski conditions at Valle Nevado Ski Resort. Day passes are possible and you can book a private transfer with Santiago Adventures to get you there in a comfortable 4WD with an English speaking (albeit minimal English) driver.

5. Bellavista Neighbourhood

 If you find yourself with time to explore the city at leisure, Bellavista neighbourhood is a good place to start. This is known as the bohemian/artsy end of town, so there are plenty of little streets and alleyways to meander around, as well as trinket shopping in abundance.

6. Plaza de Armas

Finally, the historical heart and soul ofSantiago lies at Plaza de Armas. If you are interested in the history of Santiago and Chile, be sure to stop by here for a visit.


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    Santiago Tourist
    September 24, 2014 at 7:13 am

    We love Santiago! It has so many great things to see and do! If you would rather do it yourself check out our website for lots of great ideas for your trip.

    September 17, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Great review on Santiago! I recently relocated to this city from NYC… and agree with you.f I think you missed Barrio Italia and Lastarria which are somewhat better than Bellavista because they’re more local and have gorgeous stores and restaurants. Maybe you’d like to visit it if you’re ever back.

    September 10, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Your South America pictures all look so gorgeous! Definitely making me want to visit more!! x

    September 10, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    St. Lucius looks really beautiful

    September 10, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Great advice! I never used to want to do tours much, but you get so much out of them! 🙂

    Clipping Path Outsource
    September 10, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Great info about Santiago.
    The Santa Lucia Hill in excellent.
    I should go there 🙂 🙂

    Best holiday destinations
    September 10, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    such a nice tips. thanks for posting nice views.

    Celia Becker
    September 10, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I left my heart in Santiago. Well, in Chile in general. Such a fantastic country and much like my home of California in climate and terrain. The people are what make it so special too. LOVE CHILE!

    Michelle | Lights Camera Travel
    September 10, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Sounds like a wonderful city to stop by for a few days!