Santiago de Chile
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From its stunning gold powder beaches to the white powder on the Andes Mountains, Santiago is a destination for all seasons. Chile's capital is a spicy mix of hot restaurants and nightlife mixed with a history that threads the city together until this day.
Santiago's history is represented in some of its master-crafted 18th century buildings and architecture. Head to the Plaza de Armas to check out the grand Cathedral from that period as well as several other buildings like the residence of the former governor.
Head to the coast for a beach day and take in the beautiful Pacific Ocean air. Valparaiso is a popular area to visit not only for its beaches but has also inspired many-a-painter because of the unique colorful housing along the coast.
Chilean wine has a growing following. The wines are of excellent quality but affordable and most wine shoppes have a Chilean wine section. Head to Maipo for a tour of the wine region and follow it up with a food and wine pairing evening.
Chile has a happening nightlife with some of the best restaurants and bars you are going to find anywhere. You can head for a night of drinks, dinner and dancing all housed in one complex. Check out Bar Constitucion for the all-in-one concept plus a terrace that provides great views.
Santiago sizzles in the summer with temperatures hitting the high 20s and occasionally low 30s from December and into March. Temperatures begin to drop in April as the fall sets in and numbers are quite comfortable in the low 20s and high teens. Winter months are cooler and temperatures drop down to the tens with the evenings verging on not just cool but rather cold.
When to fly to Santiago
The summer are hot and so are flight tickets to the city. Despite the serious heat Santiago is a very popular destination December through to April (the Easter holiday also brings in additional visitors).
The spring is pretty slow in Santiago. You can find some good flight deals from September to November. The weather is very nice at this time so this is a win-win if you can score some vacation time during these months.
Getting into Santiago
Your gateway to Santiago is found in the form of the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, which sits just 10 minutes north of the city. There are several ways to get into the city from the airport including public and private bus, shuttles, metro as well as taxi service.
Getting around Santiago
The center of the city is quite compact and easy to walk. Public buses are also available and the metro service is very well integrated and efficient. Taxis are also an option.
- The city has some great museums including the Museo de la Chilenidad which houses important pieces by Chilean painters from the 1800s.
- The city is home to the Museo de la Moda which is a fantastic collection of high fashion through the ages. One of the most significant pieces in the collection is Madonna's conical bra. The museum is housed in a large character mansion which has a cafe portion. It is a great way to spend a morning.
- Head to the Vitacura neighborhood for a tour of contemporary art galleries including Galeria Animal and Sale Cero. You can also take in some shopping while you are there since the area is known for high fashion boutiques.
- If you're extremely serious about luxury and shopping or want to hang out with the people that are, head to Alonso de Cordova street where you will find storefronts representing both local and international goods.
- Enjoy a traditional Chilean meal like grilled octopus painted with garlicky olive oil. Follow that up with a drink at the super fancy Whiskey Blue nightclub located at the W Santiago.
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