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Santiago de Chile holidays will provide you with a dazzling array of sights, sounds and experiences, from peaceful and thought-provoking museums to bustling metropolitan neighbourhoods. With friendly people, tantalising eateries and a strong sense of Chilean culture, Santiago de Chile should definitely be on your Chile bucket list.

Most visitors to Santiago de Chile flock to the Plaza de Armas - the main square that was created back in 1541 by the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia and has become the bustling heart of the city. Of the many spectacular sights in the square, don’t miss the grand Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral - one of the capital’s most breath-taking structures. Afterwards, you can admire the stunning architecture of both the Museo Histórico Nacional, and the former Governor’s Palace. Alternatively, take in the street performers, artists and vendors dotted around the square. The Plaza de Armas is also close to many of the best Santiago de Chile hotels.

Explore the vibrant food scene on Santiago de Chile holidays

Santiago de Chile is fast becoming a hotspot for foodies, who are keen to experience the tantalising array of eateries spread throughout the city. Feast on an array of flavours that suit all palates. You can enjoy beautiful local cuisine at both fine dining establishments and in small family-run restaurants during your Santiago de Chile holidays. Don’t forget to wash your meals down with a delicious glass of Chilean wine. Most of these wines are produced from grapes grown in the renowned Maipo Valley, just south of the capital. If you’re a real wine connoisseur then you can also book a tour of this world-famous wine-producing region.

Not satisfied with visiting just one jewel of South America? Consider booking a multicentre holiday to Santiago de Chile and visit one of the area’s other major metros. You could venture to mystical Easter Island (Rapa Nui) where ancient statues dot the landscape. The tropical paradise of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil isn’t too far away, nor is the buzzing city of Buenos Aires in Argentina. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, why not witness the stunning birds, marine creatures and wildlife found on the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador?

 

Destination Highlights

  • Slip away from the noise and chaos of the Plaza de Armas and experience the stunning beauty of the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Witness a sober reminder of Chile’s troubled past with a visit to the internationally acclaimed Human Rights Museum
  • Take an exhilarating cable car ride to Cerro San Cristóbal, where you can see sweeping vistas of the Chilean capital below
  • Soak up the bohemian vibes of the Bellavista District - home to many boutique shops, cosy cafes and trendy art galleries

Great sample itineraries


Extend your Santiago de Chile tour and delve into the Amazon, dive in the crystal clear Costa Rican waters or taste the world’s best steak in Argentina. Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Santiago de Chileholidays. With so many options for your Santiago de Chile holiday package, we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor made holiday just for you.

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Explore Santiago de Chile

Time Zone

GMT - 4

Flight Time

14–15 hours; direct flights are available from London Heathrow to Santiago. Indirect flights are available from other UK airports.

Currency

Chilean peso (CLP)

Visa Information

British citizens aren’t required to obtain a visa for travel to Chile.

Language

Spanish

Health Info

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Chile.

Best time to visit Santiago de Chile

The best time to visit Santiago de Chile is from March through to May, and late September to November. These dates not only offer a temperate climate, but they also allow you to experience the city without the throngs of other visitors. January and December can be exceptionally hot, with average temperatures hitting nearly 30°C, while the winter months of June and July see plentiful showers and temperatures dropping to around 15°C.

 

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  • Average Weather

Average Weather in January

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Chile Wine Region
21° C
2 mm

Average Weather in February

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Chile Wine Region
20° C
15 mm

Average Weather in March

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Chile Wine Region
18° C
6 mm

Average Weather in April

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Chile Wine Region
15° C
15 mm

Average Weather in May

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Chile Wine Region
12° C
37 mm

Average Weather in June

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Chile Wine Region
9° C
67 mm

Average Weather in July

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Chile Wine Region
9° C
49 mm

Average Weather in August

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Chile Wine Region
10° C
39 mm

Average Weather in September

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Chile Wine Region
12° C
16 mm

Average Weather in October

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Chile Wine Region
15° C
9 mm

Average Weather in November

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Chile Wine Region
17° C
12 mm

Average Weather in December

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Chile Wine Region
20° C
5 mm
Jessica, Destination Manager

“For the best views of the city, head up to the top of Cerro San Cristóbal using the old funicular, which climbs 300 metres on its journey. This can be caught on Pio Nono, one of the main streets passing through the hip district of Bellavista. To come back down again, opt for the spectacular cable car ride, which was reopened in 2016, allowing you to soar high above the city below.”

 

Jessica
Destination Manager
Charlotte, Destination Specialist

“Soak up the trendy vibes of Barrio Lastarria, one of Santiago de Chile’s most exciting neighbourhoods. It might only be small - it has just four streets - but there’s a lot packed in, including fascinating museums, cultural hotspots and small, boutique shops. Remember to check out the Gabriela Mistral Centre, which includes a free art gallery in the basement. After building up an appetite, head to one of the small, friendly restaurants in the area and sample Chilean cuisine in all its glory.”

 

Charlotte
Destination Specialist

Local Cuisine

Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Santiago de Chile holiday. Here are a few of our favourite dishes.

 

Pastel de Choclo Pie

This delicious and traditional South American dish is a savoury pie made using choclo (sweetcorn) and filled with either beef or chicken. It’s a simple dish and one regularly eaten by those living in Chile.

 

Chilean wine

Chilean wine is regarded as some of the best around. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère and Merlot are the most commonly grown grapes, turned into spectacular bottles of red that must be experienced when you’re visiting Santiago de Chile.

 

Completo

Complete is Chilean take on a hotdog - and it’s a real treat. The hotdog and bap are traditionally served with avocado, tomato, mayonnaise, cheese, green sauce and sauerkraut, along with chilis, to give every mouthful a fiery kick.

 

Chilean empanadas

Empanadas are a staple throughout South America, and the Chilean variety is usually filled with pino - a filling made from ground beef, raisins, black olives and onions. Topped with hard boiled eggs, they’re the perfect Chilean convenience food.

 

Fresh bean stew

Known in Chile as porotos granados, this fresh bean stew is simple, wholesome and packed with flavour. Made from various beans, as well as butternut squash and pepper, it’s the perfect hearty meal for one of your dinners in Santiago de Chile.

 

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