Santiago is a dynamic and cosmopolitan city, it hosts superb international festivals of sound, flavor and color. Flanked by the Andes Mountains on one side and a short drive to the coastal range or winelands, this city is the perfect place to begin or end your trip to South America.
The city’s diversity shines through in its many contrasting neighborhoods. It’s modern infrastructure makes it easy to get around, while funky shops, an incredible foodie scene, a vibrant nightlife and fascinating architecture can keep your days full of wonder. Wander the Mercado Central around lunchtime; climb (or take the funicular up) Cerro San Cristobal; stroll Bicentenario Park in Vitacura and take in the impressive sculpture and fountains; or sample local wines at the beloved Bocanáriz and learn about the pisco rivalry at the Chilean-Peruvian restaurant Chipe Libre. For a better understanding about Chile’s time under Pinochet, a visit to the Museo de la Memoria is worthwhile.
Santiago is a truly a year-round destination. The shoulder seasons from September to November and March to May will offer great weather and fewer people. You’ll find that many locals flock to the snow-covered slopes of the Andes in winter to ski.
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