In addition to the city’s attractions, close to Santiago there are vineyards, summer and ski resorts.
Santiago has become a destination of choice for international business travelers, developing a reputation as a calm and clean city with a good quality of life. According to The New York Times, Santiago de Chile is the number one destination for travelers in 2011.The best way to discover this constantly changing metropolis is to walk around the various districts and neighborhoods.
Most government activities take place in Santiago’s downtown area (El Centro), which is home to La Moneda (the presidential palace), Plaza de Armas and the Judicial and Executive Branches. This area also boasts numerous museums and pedestrian malls.
Districts such as Providencia, Bellavista, Las Condes and Vitacura offer a dazzling array of businesses, shops and restaurants as well as a bustling nightlife.
Though all big cities are dominated by concrete to some degree, Santiago is home to several imposing green spaces. For example, Parque Metropolitano, also known as Cerro San Cristóbal, is visible from most of the city. You can get to the top on foot, by bike or by car or take a refurbished cable car.
Don’t miss the opportunity to taste some of Chile’s best wines and tour the vineyards that are now enveloped by the city. Other great daytrip options are Pirque, a neighboring village in the Andean foothills, and the Maipo Valley, where you can enjoy nature, sample local food, pick up some souvenirs and find a place to spend a few nights near the banks of the Maipo River.
Santiago is also located near many attractions such as the beach house of poet Pablo Neruda, Isla Negra, ski resorts located around 60 km from the city, spots in the Andean foothills like Cajón del Maipo, the port of Valparaíso, which is about an hour from Santiago, and Viña del Mar and other summer resorts on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Options for enjoying the mountains and sea are always right at your fingertips in Santiago.