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

  • 80%


    Very nice and very expensive

    The city seems to be an Europe city, it is very developed. The streets are clean, the metro is very good, there are many nice squares. It is very beautiful and you can see the beautiful Andes with snow on its top. On the other hand the city is very expensive. Everything is expensive there, including food and supermarkets.

  • 60%


    Santiago, Chile

    Santiago is one of the most organized South American cities. While in Santiago, don't expect the typical caos you maybe find in cities like La Paz. Getting around is very easy if you use the metro. Santiago is a very interesting city in terms of culture due to its recent history. Nightlife in Santiago is unmissable, especially the party called "Miercoles Po". Nevertheless, if you are on a low budget don't expect to eat very well, or get good "menu del dia". Watch out for the contamination.

    Insider Tip:Good city to ride in bike.

  • 40%



    Santiago is a grey and unattractive city. Considering the beauty available outside of the cities in Chile, staying in Santiago should really only be a passing through experiance. overpriced city.

    Insider Tip:Food is terrible. find a super market, they do exist but in the suburban areas where the wealthy live.

  • 80%


    Great (big) city.

    Santiago isn't really like the rest of Latin America; it kind of sits more in line with major cities in Italy or Spain - very safe, very developed, very clean, but watch your things in crowds, don't use your phone on the metro, etc. It's a lovely city you can spend a long time walking in - most of the museums are free, the architecture is lovely. The mountains make great day trips, and the fish/seafood is fresh. Winter's smog is pretty annoying, and prices can be pretty steep.

    Insider Tip:Go on a couple day trips to the mountains - there's lots of great hiking. Take advantage of the free walking tours (10 am and 3pm at the Plaza de Armas) early so you can get some local advice. Eat in the central market one day.

  • 80%


    Beautifull city

    Santiago is very chaming, although very dry and so polluted air (we were in late fall, there was no rain in the last 8 months!). The subways are crowded, it takes u to all the touristic and nice places, but it isn't enough day-to-day to the citizens. Beautifull Andes view from many spots in the city.

    Insider Tip:Must see the museums and parks. Sightseeing from Cerro San Cristobal and Cerro Santa Lúcia are stunning.

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