Between the breathtaking peaks of the Andes mountains and the vast Pacific coast lies Santiago, Chile. This capital is bustling with life. Shops, museums and cafes are around every corner. You can go from wine tasting to hiking in just a few hours. Plus, Santiago has a reputation for being cleaner and safer than other South American metropolises. If you’re still not convinced that it belongs on your bucket list, here are five more reasons you should go to Santiago.
Wine, Wine and More Wine
Santiago is surrounded by six wine producing valleys. Maipo, Colchagua and Casablanca, to name a few. Many grape varieties are grown in these regions including those used to make Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere and Sauvignon Blanc. Spend a day visiting one of the vineyards at the foothills of the Andes. Our Sidekicks can help you schedule a tour where you’ll be able to try different wines, eat grapes right off the vine and get incredible views of the mountains.
San Cristóbal Hill
At an elevation of nearly 3,000 feet, San Cristóbal Hill is the second highest point in Santiago. On top of the hill is one of the city’s largest parks, Parque Metropolitano. Skip the 45-minute walk up and hop in one of the cable cars instead. Once you’re there, be sure to visit the zoo, walk around the gardens and escape the heat in the swimming pools. Parque Metropolitano covers 722 hectares, so you’ll have plenty to do.
Okay, so maybe wine isn’t your thing. Luckily, the Chileans invented pisco sour. (This is hotly contested by Peruvians, but we’ll just hope they don’t read this post.) Take some time to visit a few pisco bars. You won’t have a hard time finding one. We love the rooftop bar over at Azotea Matilde. It can fill up fast so ask your Sidekick if you need help making a reservation. By the way, take your time sipping on your pisco. They sneak up on you.
Trendy bars, unique restaurants, fashion designers and antique dealers all come together at Barrio Italia. This historic neighborhood is like an eclectic, chic dream. Admire the 18th-century chandeliers and vintage typewriters. You’ll probably be tempted to pick up a few vinyls to take home with you, too.
We know what you’re thinking, “Really? Costanera? You’re recommending a mall?” Yes, but not for the reason you think. Sure, swing by H&M if you’d like, but the real attraction here is on the 62nd floor. Take the lift up and watch the sunset from the observation deck. This is the tallest building in South America and pictures just don’t do the view justice.
Santiago has a lot to offer and after a long day of antique shopping, wine tasting and exploring, there’s nothing better than coming back to your own place. Our handpicked homes in Santiago are in top neighborhoods. We’ve seen them all person to make sure they’re up to our high standards.