Welcome to the charming city of Santiago de Chile, where life happens every moment. The people of Santiago relish life and enjoy every moment. The city is geographically blessed, with the Andes mountain range on one side and the beautiful Pacific Ocean on the other – making it a perfect holiday destination.
Within its numerous neighbourhoods the city has a variety of activities, sites, restaurants and landmarks to visit and explore. In the following we will bring you a bit closer to when to visit Santiago and where to stay while visiting.
What is the best time to visit Santiago de Chile?
If you happen to visit this colourful city in September, you must experience the true cultural spirit of the city. September hosts the Chilean Independence Day celebration also known as ‘Fiestas Patrias’. During this festival, the streets of Chile are filled with smiling faces of boys and girls, all dancing the cueca in the traditional costume.
In terms of temperature the best time to visit the city is in the shoulder months of Sep-Nov and Mar-May. Try to avoid visiting during the peak season in July and Holy Week (Semana Santa), the week preceding Easter Sunday as it gets full of tourists.
Where to stay in Santiago de Chile?
You can either get a place within Providencia – a district in Chile’s capital city, Santiago or within the city limits of Santiago.
If you are dreaming of living the bohemian lifestyle, then the Bellavista is the best place for you. The streets of this area are buzzing with life and the nightlife and it is a attraction for tourists.
During the day, visit the Santiago Metropolitan Park and enjoy the best views in the city. It is known as the party destination of Santiago; both Club Mamba and MICRO club are two such popular party destinations in Bellavista.
This area is also the top food destination for any tourist. If you are an absolute foodie, you must visit the La Vega central market. Here, you will experience the best of world cuisines; lined across the street.
If you want to experience the splendid architectural beauty of Santiago, then Parque Bustamante is the best place to stay. If you plan to stay in this area, chill at the coffee corner and do not forget to visit the Cafe Literario, a public library and cafe.
Located at the centre of Santiago, Barrio Italia is an artistic and youthful destination, surrounded by Italian style buildings and casual Italian restaurants. When you stay here, do not forget to visit the Paseo Estacion Italia – a mall with local shops selling art, crafts, fashionable clothes and gourmet food.
One area that is ideal for all needs is Lastarria. From restaurants to shopping and hotels, this place is the busiest and the safest areas of Santiago. The highlight of this area is the historical monuments like the Cathedral of Santiago.
Before saying goodbye to this place, do not forget to catch a cultural show at the Teatro Municipal. The best hotels In Santiago Chile, are lined across Jose Miguel Street and Rosal street or a bit further east in Las Condes.
The Artsy Barrio Brasil is located on the western side of Santiago and is the most charming locality of Santiago. This place exhibits a refreshing vibe and, the streets flaunt its artistic feel, splendid buildings and the best restaurants and bars.
Further, the creative murals add life to this area and the elegant mansions adorn the area an, reminds us of the rich cultural and architectural heritage of Santiago.
The Bottom line
Santiago can make you fall in love with itself. From art, galleries, historical buildings, world-class cuisines, and the most ancient culture – Santiago is a must-visit destination for everyone who comes to South America.