This sprawling city, with its many parks and green spaces and superb views of the surrounding mountains, is a wonderful place to spend a few days and can also be a useful base from which to visit the central coast, ski resorts and wineries. There are some excellent museums, theatres, shops and art galleries here, nightlife is great and the city plays host to a number of festivals and other cultural events, such as Chile’s largest arts festival, Santiago a Mil (January). Wandering through the various neighbourhoods, each with its own distinct character, is a delight.
Reasons to visit Santiago include:
This is a year-round destination. January is high summer, when many residents head out into the country, so the city is less busy.
A superb location in vibrant Santiago. Easy access to sight seeing, shopping centres, and numerous delightful local restaurants.
A stylish hotel in the heart of the trendy Lastarria district, with plenty of restaurants and bars on the doorstep.
A modern hotel with good recreation facilities, a restaurant, bar and comfortable rooms just over the road from the airport terminal.
An elegant boutique hotel in one of the most stylish neighbourhoods of Santiago, complete with a garden, pool and popular restaurant.
An elegant mansion in the attractive Providencia district of Santiago, combining style and comfort.
A luxury hotel in an affluent neighbourhood of the capital, offering fine dining, a cosy bar and rooftop recreation centre complete wth superb city views.
A stylish, family-owned and run hotel in the fashionable Lastarria district of Santiago, with spacious rooms, a spa and rooftop terrace and pool
Time: GMT -4 hours
There are direct flights from London Heathrow to Santiago, which operate 4 times a week and take 14 hours 40 minutes. The Chilean airline, LATAM, flies via Madrid.
Language: The official language is Spanish. but other local languages are also spoken. English is spoken quite widely.
Visas are not currently required for British passport holders staying for up to 90 days, who are issued with a ‘Tarjeta de Turismo-Tourist Card’ on arrival. You must retain this and present it to immigration on departure.
Generally none is compulsory but we recommend the following: hepatitis A and B, typhoid, diphtheria, meningitis, tetanus, rabies and polio. There is no malaria in Chile. A yellow fever certificate is required if you are coming from an infected area.