Travel to Santiago, the attractive city of the proud Andes
Beneath the imposing volume of the proud Andes, between valleys and hills lies Santiago, the capital of Chile and one of the most beautiful cities in south America. The air of development blows in the city of Santiago and becomes entangled with its rich historical past and its aristocratic European character, creating a city that is constantly renewed and pulsates under the cloak of its diverse cultural culture and the warm, welcoming heart of its inhabitants.
In Santiago, every corner of the city has its own history to offer and tell. The city with the most churches and architectural styles of Latin America reveals its interesting personality, through the motley combination of history, local tradition and culture, which rewards every traveler.
The walk starts from the historical center of Santiago, where monuments and attractions dominate, which know how to impress. From the central Plaza de Armas square, begin the urban routes of acquaintance with the city, with the presidential palace, La Moneda, standing imposing and sharing with the cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana de Santiago)
the fame and glory of the most recognizable monuments of Santiago.
The building of the central post office, (Correos de Chile) as well as the Town Hall, (Municipalidad), highlight the refined beauty of the neoclassical style, while from the highest point of Santiago, Cerro San Cristóbal, opens the abundant panorama of the city and the Andes, with the imposing statue of the Virgin Mary politely overseeing and protecting the city.
In the blooming gardens of Santa Lucía and the Parque Metropolitano, nature sets up its own dance, offering unique moments of relaxation and entertainment, while in the districts of Bellavista, Lastarria and Providencia, small narrow streets, picturesque corners and cafes compose the most atmospheric and charming, bohemian, setting of the city. La Chascona, the house where the city lived Pablo Neruda, becomes the symbol of indomitable Chilean writing, which praised values and ideals and instilled the spirit of Chile around the world, placing Santiago at the top of the most attractive and multidimensional cities of the globe.
Food and local cuisine
Chilean cuisine offers dishes of rich flavors and excellent ingredients. The local gastronomy is influenced by the European, the Arabic and the indigenous tradition and presents a wide variety of flavors and dishes.
Raw materials such as meat and, above all, fish, seafood and shellfish are at the forefront of the flavors. Try the classic empanadas, in many flavors and variations, with that of seafood stealing the show. Taste dishes such as pastel de choclo, (cooked dish with minced meat, garlic and corn), Charquican (stew with beef and vegetables), Latasca, (pork meat or beef with potatoes and corn), and completo (sandwiches filled with sausage, mayonnaise, tomato, onion, pickles and sour cabbage).)
Best time to visit Santiago
Ideally choose the period of spring (September – November) and autumn (March-May), of the southern hemisphere, for a comfortable and pleasant trip.
How to use transportation in Santiago
Transfer from/to Santiago
The international airport Merino Benitez, also known as Pudahuel airport, is located15km. NW of Santiago. Transportation to and from the airport is done by bus (tourbus) on a 20' route, by buses (centro puerto), or by taxis parked outside the terminals of the airport.
Transportation in the city of Santiago is through an organized and wide network of public transport. Choose between buses, train, metro and taxis to move around the city centre or neighborhoods. The city is also ideal for beautiful walking routes.