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Be charmed by the city of Santiago

Santiago is Chile’s capital and largest city in the country. At an elevation of more than 500 metres, the city has some wonderfully unique landscapes and views. The sprawling metropolis of a city that houses around seven million people lies within the Santiago Basin, and is framed by the Andes mountain range to the east and the Chilean Coastal Range to the west.

Santiago is an exciting, energetic and fascinating city to visit and certainly shouldn’t be missed on a trip to this part of South America.

A nod to neoclassical architecture


The downtown area of the city is dominated by striking neoclassical architecture, making it a pleasure to walk around and explore. The Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, Municipal Theatre of Santiago, and Casa de Moneda, are perfect examples of beautiful neoclassical architecture and have all been brilliantly preserved.

Distinct neighbourhoods

Santiago is home to many different neighbourhoods, with each one having its own distinct atmosphere and flavour. Providencia is an upscale neighbourhood that is peppered with fantastic restaurants and great shops. For those who enjoy bustling and vibrant nightlife you should head to Bellavista where there are bars and clubs catering to all tastes. Lastarria is the ideal area to explore on foot, thanks to its pretty cobblestone streets and distinctly European architecture.

Views galore

Santiago view

No trip to Santiago would be complete without riding the funicular to the top of Cerro San Cristobal to get the very best views. If you’re feeling more energetic then you might enjoy hiking to the top of Cerro San Cristobal instead. The hike takes around forty-five minutes each way and is entirely worth it to be rewarded with panoramic views at the top.

If you don’t have much of a head for heights, but still want to take advantage of the stunning city and mountain views, there’s no better place to head than to a rooftop bar or restaurant. A multitude of chic rooftop bars and eateries have opened in recent years as the city attracts more visitors and becomes more prosperous, so there are plenty of places to choose from.

Foodie heaven

American magazine Saveur has named Santiago as the “Next Great Food City” and with good reason. In Santiago you’ll find Spanish influence mixed with native recipes and fresh ingredients. Best of all, you’ll find fantastically high-quality Chilean wines available everywhere to accompany your dishes. Favourite restaurants in the city include Borago, Las Cabras, Sukalde, Puerto Fuy and Gaston Acurio.

Let Chapman Freeborn transport you to Santiago in true style by private jet. Fly into and out of Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, conveniently located just 11 miles from the city. Further afield is Rencagua de la Independencia Airport, around 65 miles from Santiago.