With an intriguing history, long leafy parks and a cafe culture atmosphere, Chile’s capital is a fantastic city to explore on foot.

Chile’s capital city was originally founded in 1541 by the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia. Today Santiago is Chile’s beating heart and an increasingly cosmopolitan and sophisticated capital city. European style sidewalk cafes, old socialist beer halls, bohemian neighbourhoods, vibrant markets, fine dining restaurants, boutique shops, grand museums and tranquil parks all contribute to Santiago’s unique character. Just beyond the city is prime wine country where many of Chile’s top vineyards are within easy day trip distance.

Best Time To Visit Santiago

Benefiting from a Mediterranean like climate, Santiago and Central Chile can be visited all year round.  The coldest months are June, July and August when temperatures can get down to the single figures. The hotter months are from October to March.  The Autumn colours are beautiful in April which is a nice time to go if you plan to visit any of the nearby vineyards too.

the best time to visit santiago chile

Weather Averages in Santiago

Santiago Weather Averages

Santiago Highlights

Below are our top Santiago experiences and best reasons to visit.

  • Artsy boutiques and upmarket eateries in fashionable Lastarria
  • Learn about Chile’s intriguing past at La Moneda
  • Stroll through the tranquil Parque Forestal
  • City views from Santa Lucia Hill and the San Cristobal cable car
  • Explore the bustling central market

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