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All about Santiago de Chile

THE LOCATION

The Chilean capital is located in the middle of the slender South American country. Santiago is on a vast 80 km wide plane within the deep Santiago Basin, a huge valley surrounded by mountain ranges. To the east lies the Sierra de Ramón stretch of the famous Andes. To the west of the city, the Cordillera de la Costa runs perpendicular to the Pacific Ocean. Over six million tourists visit Chile every year, making the capital one of the most visited in Latin America. The Santiago Metropolitan Region is one of the country’s largest areas, within it is the Province of Santiago and within this is Santiago Centro, which is the central Santiago Commune. So to be clear if it's called Santiago with a qualifier after it then it means the main downtown area. Phew. But don't forget that within each of the main 32 commune's there are several neighbourhoods. Double phew.

THE AIRPORT

Flights to Santiago arrive and depart from the magnificently titled Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, also known as the Nuevo Pudahuel Airport and the Santiago International Airport or SCL for short. Over 15 million passengers a year travel through the airport making it the busiest in Chile and the sixth busiest in South America. There is one terminal that takes care of arrivals and departures. The airport is 15 km north-west of the city in the Pudahuel commune area.

THE TRANSFER SITUATION

The airport has introduced a new transport centre for international arrivals. When exiting the customs hall follow the blue arrows which navigate you to the transportation centre. Travellers will be able to book and purchase tickets for official transportation from the airport, cutting down on illegal and unlicensed vendors. The usual taxis, buses, a bus/subway combo or Ubers, will transport you to and from the airport any time of day.

TAXIS

Always the easiest and most comfortable option to get to downtown Santiago, taxis are readily available from the transport centre. Pay for your ride at one of the official desks to be sure that you do not get overcharged. A one-way journey will take around 25 minutes and cost 25€ or roughly $20,000 CLP. Internet-based lift ordering services are also available. Slightly cheaper than a regular taxi at about 22€ depending on the usual internet-based lift ordering service peak time circumstances.

BUS

Regular, cheap and available, buses are the economical mode of transport from the airport. Bus companies run from the airport and tickets can be purchased from the transportation centre. Buses run every 10 minutes from 0600 to 2300 and then every hour, the journey takes at least an hour and costs from 1€ depending on the individual service. What's not to like.

BUS/METRO

Regular, cheap and available, buses are the economical mode of transport from the airport. Bus companies run from the airport and tickets can be purchased from the transportation centre. Buses run every 10 minutes from 0600 to 2300 and then every hour, the journey takes at least an hour and costs from 1€ depending on the individual service. What's not to like.

THE TICKET SITUATION

The Bip! card was introduced to make travel around Santiago on public transportation accessible. Fabulously named after the noise the machine makes when you scan the blue card. They can be purchased from Metro Stations and loaded with credit. The credit is then taken off your total when you travel on either the bus network or metro system. Cards can be purchased for $1,500 CLP (2€) and must be loaded up with at least 1€. Buses (Micros) cost $640 CLP per trip and the metro from $700 CLP per trip.

THE WEATHER SITUATION

The city has a Mediterranean climate, summers are usually hot and arid, with winters cold and wet. Summer temperatures from November to March can reach 35 °C. The winter months from May to September the temperatures range from 14 °C down to 0 °C. Participation is mostly rainfall in the city during winter, however, snow falls across the Andes.

THE ACCOMMODATION SITUATION

The cheap flights to Santiago may allow you to splash out on a more exclusive room in one of the city’s high-end hotels. Prices start from 170€ to over 250€ per night for the five-star accommodation. The usual suspects of international names are in the city, with a selection of boutique hotels and guest houses making up an eclectic choice of accommodation. The average hotel room rate per night is from 50€ to 90€ per night. Northeast of the downtown area is popular because of the views of the snowcapped Andes can be seen on a clear day. If living like a true local is for you then Airbnb has a vast selection within the city and surrounding areas.

THE CITY

The sprawling capital of Chile meets the snow-capped spine of South America. European and South American cultures infuse to make a vibrant metropolis that is full of culture, unique South American food, wine bars and a lot of activities to fill your days.

THE CULTURE

The last 20 years have seen a hyper-explosion of cultural activity. The arts are thriving in the capital. Alternative psychedelic bands are gracing the stages of the capital and the USA. The city is where the country’s poets, writers and dreamers converge. A wealth of cutting-edge museums and art collections will entice and enthral.

THE FOOD

The burgeoning food scene is making the food pages of both American and European magazines. A concentration of traditional Spanish influences and exquisite local produce has made Santiago a hotspot for South American food. Small plates, fresh fish and large empanadas with local beef and olives are filling online content of the world’s food writers.

THE PARTY

Wine bars, once the doyen of every 1980s socialite, are the centre of the Santiago party scene. Rooftop hotel bars with views of the Andes are becoming the places to be and to be seen. However, the city still has achingly authentic hipster heart, with graffiti-covered dive bars, for more intimate evenings with friends.

THE HABITAT

The 32 communes of Santiago each have a unique appeal to them. Not all will be on the tourist radar so go explore those hidden gems. The west side of the downtown area is a little quieter and more laid back than the central and northern neighbourhoods of the downtown area.

THE ACTIVITIES

A unique way to plan your time in the city is to look down on it from above. Latin America's highest 360° observatory deck will allow you to see the city in a different light. From the deck, you can gaze at the world-renowned Andes mountains and all the perfect places you could hit the slopes in adrenaline filled escape for a few days.

THE SHOPPING

Latin American markets are a sight to behold. The explosion of colours, tastes and smells will leave you captivated. If you prefer the higher end or retail culture, then the city has plenty of Rodeo Drive kind of shops for you to enjoy.