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

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Santiago City Reviews

  • 60%


    Full of history

    It is easy to walk through the city. In the surroundings of Plaza the Armas there are many historical spots. It is worthy to get the services of a guide in order to know the history behind each spot.

    Insider Tip:For those who like history, a good spot is the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos which gives publicity to the crimes committed during the military government. It puts light in this dark episode of the recent history of Latin American countries. Pastel de choclo (corn pie) at Galindo in Bellavista neighborhood.

  • 100%


    Great Surprise

    Santiago is standing a bit in the shadow of the glamorous and populair Buenos Aires. Totally unnecessary! Great and vibrant city with a wide range of affordable (for chilean standards) and creative restaurants, well taken care off museums like the Memorial museum and the Pre-colombian art museum and different neighbourhoods with their own character. The subway and bus system make it easy to get around, the chileans are helpful and hard working.

    Insider Tip:The free city tour of this city is really nice and will teach you a lot about the rich history of Chile. My favourite things to do were the climb of the San Christobal hill and a visit to a Cafe con Piernas.

  • 80%


    Big Metropolis

    Big city with a couple of cool neighbourhoods and a stunning panorama of the Andes. Wouldn't put it on my list of. Just sees though.

    Insider Tip:Have a drink in Belles Artes.

  • 70%


    Great city

    A lot of cultural activities and great food. Decent transportation and felt safe the whole time I was there.

    Insider Tip:Meat here is awesome.

  • 60%


    Santiago's City

    Not too bad, went to some pretty nice restaurants close to Santa Lucia's Hill. Avoid the sea food thou, it could get messy.

    Insider Tip:Expect the worst, Chile is the land for unforeseen events. Don't drink alcohol in the streets its against the law.

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