Santiago de Chile
One of the most attractive cities in South America
Founded in 1541 in the Río Mapocho Valley by Pedro de Valdivia, Santiago is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in South America. It counts with an intense cultural life, an exquisite gastronomy and modern buildings framed by the marvellous Andean Mountains.
Most government activities take place in Santiago's downtown area, 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.
From Santiago you have access to Patagonia, and you will be able to discover the magic of glaciers, lakes and volcanoes.