City Guide Santiago, Chile

Visiting Santiago

With the Andes providing a backdrop for the city, Santiago de Chile is one of the largest cities and most fascinating cities in South America. And despite its size it has maintained small town charm since its foundation in 1541.

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Santiago - Close to the mountains, close to the sea

Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Kristina Schreck from Tourismo Chile about Santiago's unique location...the Chilean capital is just one hour from the heart of the Andes and one hour from the coast. Listen to find out about the best places to visit in each.

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How to save money in Santiago

Find out ways to save money when eating out in Santiago, how to visit a top art gallery for free and much more.

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Santiago City Reviews

  • 90%


    Lovely Santiago

    Full of activities, very cosmopolitan and modern. Santiago realy surprise your original expectations.

    Insider Tip:Barrio BRasil is a very turistik and with good restaurants areas, and cheap in relation to bellavista o bellas artes

  • 100%


    Great city

    I love Santiago, it's a big city and you can find anything, malls and good restaurants. It's is great because you can go to ski or go to the Pacific both at less then two hours by bus.

    Insider Tip:Everything

  • 80%


    Cool city, inside and out

    Lots do do here-urban exploring, whatever matches your tastes, as well as any outdoor activities well within accessibility!

    Insider Tip:Stay near el centro, or better yet, Bellavista for good street food, fun nightlife, access to wilderness and parks, as well as incredible art on the walls everywhere you look. Rent a bike for greater mobility- the busses and metros are a bit stuffed most of the time!

  • 60%


    Underrated South American City

    Santiago is a beautiful city that is often overlooked by other South American travellers. We found it to be a very enjoyable, cultural city and were glad to have visited it.

    Insider Tip:Santiago is very easy to do on foot. Try the free walking tours as they are great. Whilst in Santiago, visit Valpraiso as it is only an hour away and great to walk around too.

  • 80%


    You have GOT to take the Free Walking Tour

    Santiago is a very interesting city to sightseeing, one of the best ways to do so is taking the Free Walking Tour Santiago, they are free but based on tips, in any case is way cheaper than another kind of tour and the guides, at least the one that we had, are really nice and they give you tips and pieces of advice about Santiago. Speaking about money, Santiago is not exactly a cheap city so get ready to pay more than in other cities like Buenos Aires.

    Insider Tip:I highly recommed Andes Hostel, the best hostel I've ever been.

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