This laidback capital surrounded by the Andes is the perfect stepping off point to the famous Chilean wine country. But don’t head out on that wine tour quite yet, this city has a few things you need to check out before you get tipsy on the terraces.
What To Do:
First, head to Cerro Santa Lucia which is situated smack dab in the center of the city. From here you can head to the top of the hill in the park and look out at Fuente Neptuno and Castillo Hidalgo. If you want to get some more views of the city, you have to head to Metropolitan Park which has a cable car that will take you up San Cristobal Hill. By then you should probably hit a cafe and laze about with a glass of wine or a good coffee.
Where To Stay:
There are a lot of different neighborhoods to stay in and a variety of accommodation to be found at all price points. One of the best budget Hostal’s is Providencia as it is affordable and right by all the main hotspots. A good mid-range hotel is Hotel Panamericano and if you want a more personalized experience then the De Blasis Bed & Breakfast. If luxury is what you are looking for, then look no farther than The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel.
What To Eat:
With wine always on the menu, finding the best Chilean food or Peruvian-Chilean medley is a must. ChipeLibre makes a good fusion of traditional and new Chilean dishes and is known for their pisco inspired cocktails. If you are on a budget then the Tirso De Molina Market will be a must. You can try all of the classic Chilean dishes like pastel de choclo, cazuela de vacuno, and pastel de jaiba. Your taste buds will explode with the flavors.
Like any country, you sometimes want to be wary of taking the taxi as taxi drivers have a tendency to take advantage of travelers who do not speak the language or know the area. Luckily, Santiago has an easy to use Transantiago bus system and a metro which will take you all over the city. The metro does stop running at night so be mindful of this when planning how to get home after a night of sipping wine or pisco and some Latin dancing. Everything is reasonably priced, even the taxis should be!