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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

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    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.

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    Places to see - Bellas Artes, visual arts museum. Seems to be very popular among students, or maybe it was the exhibitions, don't know. A beautiful building, many different collections. Reasonably priced. Cerro Santa Lucia - a hill in the middle of the city. Very nice park, easy climb and beautiful views. Food - my experience of Chilean cuisine is not very positive. They seem to eat a lot of hot dogs, burgers and sandwiches. There are not that many options for vegetarians.

    Insider Tip:Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos (Museum of Memory and Human Rights) is a must see. You really need to see it. Access from (inside the) Quinta Normal metro station. There's no admission fee, but the audio guide costs 2000 pesos and if you don't understand Spanish, you'll need it. Don't spend too much time in the first floor - the stuff that needs your attention is in the second and third floor. Especially the videos - watch all of them.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Underestimated city

    Yep, Santiago is busy, has a lot of traffic and pollution. However, it does not get the attentiion of most travellers that it deserves. The city has very nice nightlife, beautiful buildings and friendly streetdogs.

    Insider Tip:Next to the Find Wally tour everyone should visit the Museo de la Memoria.

  • 50%

    Anonymous

    Not the best place for visitors but looks like a great place to live long term

    Santiago is not the best place for visitors compared to other cities in Latin America in terms of things to see/do but it's a great place to relax in between other locations. Definitely looks like a great place to live long term, and I'm sure the city has a lot to offer once you dig deeper and become part of the city

  • 100%

    chowarrior7597

    Santiago is Chile

    A very big city, very stressed and rushed, but after travelling arround all Chile, I understood how this 6million people city moves the country of 15. More than a 3rd is concentrated here, giving a very cosmopolitan style, a lot of diversity, culture and activities

    Insider Tip:BArrio Brasil was my fauvorite for it diversity of bars and restaurants for all budgets, and because I could really aproach to chilean culture feeling like a local. Very interesting people from Santiago and good mix with foreigners

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