When you visit Chile you need to be prepared for action and adventure at every stop-off point. In the cosmopolitan capital of Santiago you will find fine restaurants and trendy bars to keep you entertained in the evenings, as well as stunning views to the Andes from the top of Cerro San Cristobal.
Every year thousands descend on the Vina del Mar region for the famous music festival in February, and whenever you decide to visit you’ll find golden sandy beaches and a dramatic coastline. Iquique in the north is also a popular spot with tourists. For those in search of adventure make sure you head into the Atacama desert region, while if you have the time make the trip to Easter Island, where the diving is some of the best in the world. No matter how you decide to spend your time in Chile, you won’t be short of things to do and see.
- Stroll the vibrant neighbourhoods – each with its unique flavour and tone buzzing with restaurants, art galleries, boutique stores or miniature shopping arcades
- Enjoy the best views over Santiago from the peaks and viewpoints of the Parque Metropolitano, better known as Cerro San Cristóbal
- Visit the neighbouring UNESCO world Heritage Site Valparaiso. Explore the colourful cliff-top residences and striking funicular railways of the coastal town Valparaiso. The towns thriving arts scene, and the beaches of Vina del Mar are added attractions
- The burgeoning culinary scene in Santiago is a foodie heaven.
- Neighbouring ski resorts are situated an hour’s drive away from Santiago
When to visit
Santiago and Central Chile enjoy a Mediterranean type climate with mild winters and warm summers, and is at its best during spring (Sep-Nov) and autumn (Mar-May). The Lake District and Patagonia are more seasonal and best visited during the summer months (Dec-Feb). The winter season is from (Jun to Aug).
Areas of Chile
Santiago is a charming city that’s nestled in a valley surrounded by the Andes and the Chilean Costal mountain ranges. The city is a mix of old colonial buildings and modern skyscrapers, offering something for every type of tourist. Take a stroll around Plaza de Armas, which lies at the centre of the old part of the city, and you’ll see the majestic Royal Court Palace which dates from the 19th century. This is home to the National History Museum, giving you a fascinating glimpse into Chile’s past. The Metropolitan Cathedral is another colonial gem that’s nearby. At night enjoy the vibrant nightlife of places like Barrio Brasil and Barrio Bellavista.