Santiago – Complete travel guide

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A complete guide to plan your trip to Santiago. Write down the tips and enjoy a lot!

The city of Santiago is much more than a stopover on a flight or the simple capital of the country. Surrounded by snow-dotted mountains, the metropolitan city is young and full of attractions for all ages.

Whether staying for just a few days or as the starting point for longer trips including neighboring cities like Valle Nevado, Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, Santiago will surprise you and leave you wanting more.



See why below:

In this post you will see:

  • Things to Do in Santiago
  • Where to stay in Santiago
  • Where to eat in Santiago
  • Internet chip not Chile
  • Santiago travel insurance
  • Car rental in Chile
  • Flights to Santiago
  • Read all our Santiago tips and posts

Things to Do in Santiago

Attractions in Santiago involve museums, parks, vineyards, skiing and much more. It's hard to choose which activity to go first.

Rich in history, the National Museum of Fine Arts is an icon of Santiago and a 'must see' for any traveler in the city. As well as the changing of the guard that takes place in the mornings at La Moneda Palace, downtown Santiago.

Another tourist spot is Cerro San Cristóbal which is located inside the Metropolitan Park with a beautiful panoramic view of the city and beautiful historical points spread between the cable car stations to photograph.

And there is, of course, the Sky Costanera building. Considered the tallest tower in Latin America, with 360º windows, it is ideal for watching the sunset over the Cordillera.


Read all our tips:


  • Things to do in Santiago – Everything you need to know
  • Best Places to Shop in Santiago
  • Valle Nevado – All Tips to Enjoy
  • What to do in Valle Nevado – 9 Must-See Attractions

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Where to stay in Santiago

The city of Santiago has from luxurious hotels to the cheapest, whether in the center or in famous neighborhoods, such as barrio Itália. Our tip is to choose a hotel closer to the city center, preferably close to the subway station – since it is possible to cover most of the tourist attractions on foot or by subway.

And if your trip includes Valle Nevado, be sure to check out our recommendations of the best hotels and resorts for you and your family to enjoy.

Read all our tips:

  • Where to stay in Santiago – Best Hotels
  • Hotels in Valle Nevado – Which is the Best Ski Resort

Find the best accommodation in Santiago on Booking.com

Find out how to book your room at W Hotel in Santiago by clicking on the photo

Click on the photo to book your accommodation at Hotel Chalet Valluga not Valle Nevado

Where to eat in Santiago

Chilean cuisine ranges from delicious empanadas to renowned seafood dishes. That's why it's worth joining a true gastronomic experience with some award-winning Chilean wine.



Especially if you're walking through the Lastarria neighborhood or, who knows, book a table for two at the revolving restaurant overlooking the mountains.

See more tips on where to go:

  • Where to eat in Santiago – 4 Restaurants and Bars Options
  • Valle Nevado Restaurant – 12 Options to Discover

Internet chip not Chile

It's getting easier and cheaper to have unlimited internet throughout your trip in Santiago. Nowadays you can buy an international cell phone chip online while you're still here in España. We always use and love it!

You receive the sim card at your address and then just insert it into your cell phone to reach your destination with unlimited 4G internet working.

Also read more chip tips:

  • International Cell Phone Chip – Which is the Best and How Much Does It Cost?
  • America Chip Discount Coupon – 10% OFF on Travel Chip

Want to have unlimited internet throughout your trip?
Compare prices and buy your international travel chip in advance at America Chip.

Santiago travel insurance

hire a Santiago travel insurance it's a great way to ensure a smooth trip and avoid worries. Having the assistance of insurance gives you the peace you need to enjoy your destination and know that you have support if you need it. Also enjoy our Insurance Promo discount coupon. - SEE PRICES


Read all about travel insurance:

  • Is Santiago travel insurance mandatory? Discover everything here
  • What is the Cheapest Travel Insurance – Tips on How to Save
  • How to Get Travel Insurance – 5 Easy Steps [DISCOUNT]
  • Which Travel Insurance to Choose – 3 Infallible Tips to Help
  • International Travel Insurance – Step-by-step How to Hire

Palace of La Moneda

Car rental in Chile

Renting a car in Chile is a great idea. In addition to optimizing your time a lot, you will be able to enjoy it more without having to depend on public transport.


We really like Rent Cars to find the cars we use on our travels. It is the only one in Spain that compares the best rental companies in the world, but lets you pay in reais, without IOF. In addition, it is also the only one that lets you pay in 12 interest-free installments. It is worth it!

Flights to Santiago

Looking for a good deal and flight prices? When buying tickets to Santiago, it is worth taking a look at the website Promo Tickets.

It is quite common to find cheaper and better flight options than on other sites. We always use and is it worth it?

Plaza de Armas

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