Santiago’s many cultural offerings, including fine food and boutiques, are entirely captivating. The Chilean capital is in the spotlight, and for good reason: old world charm meets with modern amenities, breathtaking landscapes and a vibrant culinary scene. And with both ski resorts and beaches just 90 minutes away by car, the city is a cosmopolitan and alluring hub for commencing a Chilean journey.
Perfect forAdventurers | Art Lovers | Families
When to goYear-Round
Ideal length of stay1-2 Nights
Designing Your Journey
Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.
Two Days: Essential Santiago and Beyond
Most leisure travelers need to fly through cosmopolitan Santiago en route to the country’s most remote attractions: Patagonia or the Atacama Desert. But that is no reason to bypass the opportunity to explore Santiago. Indagare can arrange a customized itinerary with special access and guided touring. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.
Day One: City Tour
A half-day city tour will provide an overview of Santiago’s most interesting neighborhoods. Your guide will take you to the historic Mercado Central to see its stalls teeming with exotic produce and seafood, and to visit Pablo Neruda’s beloved home, La Chascona, in bohemian Bellavista. Afterward, stroll through barrio Lastarria, where you may want to see what’s on at the Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (a government building turned arts complex named in honor of Chile’s most celebrated female poet) or stop for ice cream made with lúcuma and ulmo honey at neighborhood fixture Emporio La Rosa.
Day Two Option: Valparaiso
One option for your second day in Santiago is to head west and spend a day exploring Valparaíso (“Valpo”) and Viña del Mar, a vibrant seaport with distinctive hills clad in rainbow-colored Victorian mansions, funiculars and collegiate cafés. Little has been changed or renovated since the city’s heyday in the 19th century and the town is scrappy but charming. Walls are covered with beautiful and vibrant graffiti, representing everything from pithy cultural references to what could be considered works of art.
Day Two Option: Casablanca Wine Region
Another favorite excursion outside of Santiago is wine tasting. Indagare can arrange a car and driver who will take you for tastings of Pinots and Syrahs at our favorite wineries in the Casablanca Valley. Kingston Family Vineyards was founded by the descendants of an American who came to Chile in the early 1900s to search for gold, while Morandé is owned by the man who first saw the valley’s vast wine-making potential. The vineyard is home to an outstanding restaurant.
Where To Stay
We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special amenities, including upgrades, early check-in, breakfast, spa credits and more. Look for the Indagare Plus logo in the reviews.
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The 200-plus room Ritz-Carlton still manages to convey an intimate, boutique feeling despite its size.
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The Singular Santiago
This urban retreat created by the owners of Singular Patagonia is a sophisticated yet bohemian option in Santiago’s leafy Lastarria neighborhood.