Culinary exploration in Santiago is a journey full of robust flavors and regional ingredients. Staple foods include Empanadas, a baked or fried turnover stuffed with meat or cheese, and Cazuela, a hearty soup with meat, corn, pumpkin, and potatoes. Santiago is also known for its seafood, especially Choritos a la Chalaca, a dish of mussels with onions, corn, and tomatoes. Finish your meal with Mote con Huesillo, a traditional Chilean summer-time non-alcoholic drink made from wheat and peaches.


Santiago's culture blends indigenous Mapuche, colonial Spanish, and other European influences. Music and dance, especially the national dance 'Cueca,' play a vital role in celebrations and festivals. Santiago's arts scene is buzzing, with vibrant street art, theaters, and museums, such as the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, displaying pre-Columbian artworks from all over Latin America.

Travel Tips

  • Currency: Chile uses the Chilean Peso. Access to cash machines is plentiful, and most establishments readily accept credit cards.
  • Language: While Spanish is the primary language spoken, English is typically recognized and used within regions frequented by tourists.
  • While Spanish is the primary language spoken, English is typically recognized and used within regions frequented by tourists.
  • Transport: Santiago boasts an excellent metro system, and taxis and buses are plentiful.
  • Weather: Santiago has a Mediterranean climate. The summer (December to March) is warm and dry, while the winter (June to August) is more relaxed and wet.

Interesting Facts

  1. Santiago boasts the world's most giant swimming pool, situated within the premises of the San Alfonso del Mar resort.
  2. It is surrounded by the world's most extended mountain range, the Andes.
  3. National Geographic lists Santiago's Mercado Central among the world's best markets.

Top Places

  1. Cerro San Cristobal: This hill offers panoramic views of Santiago and houses the city's zoo and a Japanese-style garden.

  1. Plaza de Armas: The heart of Santiago, featuring important historical buildings like the Metropolitan Cathedral.
  2. Barrio Bellavista: Santiago's bohemian quarter, filled with colorful houses, street art, hip restaurants, bars, and boutiques.
  3. La Chascona: Former home of the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, now a museum showcasing his life and works.
  4. Vineyards: Santiago is near several vineyards, and many offer tours and tastings. Notable ones include Concha y Toro and Vina Santa Rita.

Bustling with life, history, and culture, Santiago is a city of contrasts where modern skyscrapers stand alongside colonial architecture, and snow-capped mountains provide the backdrop to a thriving arts scene. Its world-class food, warm-hearted people, and lively street life make it a city well worth exploring.