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Santiago Travel Guide

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Plan Your Santiago Vacation

When it was founded by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia in 1541, Santiago was little more than the triangular patch of land embraced by two arms of the Río Mapocho. Today the area of the original municipality is known as Santiago Centro, and is just one of 32 comunas (districts)—each with its own distinct personality—that make up the city.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. The Andes Ever-present jagged mountain peaks ring the capital. Wherever you go, you'll see them and remember that you are at the edge of the world.
  2. Great crafts markets Fine woolen items, expertly carved figurines, lapis lazuli jewelry, and other handicrafts from across the country are bountiful in Santiago.
  3. Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino Occupying a lovely old building in the center of Santiago that used to be the Royal Customs House, this museum's collection of indigenous pottery, jewelry, and artifacts is a joy for the eye.
  4. World-class wineries Santiago is in the Maipo Valley, the country's oldest wine-growing district, and some of Chile's largest and most traditional wineries—Concha y Toro and Santa Rita—are within an hour's drive of the city, as is the lovely Casablanca Valley.

When To Go

When to Go

Santiaguinos tend to abandon their city every summer during the school holidays that run from the end of December to early March. February is a particula...

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