Welcome to Santiago
Santiago is Chile’s bustling and colorful capital. Nearly a third of the country’s population lives in or around the city, which gives you an idea of just how diverse it is. Before you head out from this “gateway to the Andes,” take the time to explore the colorful places that give Santiago its charm.
Amble through the city’s diverse neighborhoods, called barrios, and sample the local food and wine to get a taste for what Chile’s all about. Take in the sights, from churches to architecture to museums. Stroll down Santiago’s main boulevard, the Alameda, to take advantage of the shopping opportunities, from up-scale shops to boutiques to markets. See the Santiago Shopping Guide for a complete description of where to find exactly what it is you’re in the market for.
Relax at a cozy cafe, or dine at a traditional or trendy restaurant– see the Restaurant and Nightlife guides for more information on where to cure your culinary cravings, or quench your thirst with a frosty belinda.