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Santiago is a thriving and cosmopolitan capital city overlooked by towering, snowy volcanoes. Culinary delights, bustling markets and trendy neighbourhoods dotted with stylish hotels make Santiago a good place from which to begin exploring this country.
It is estimated 40% of the population of Chile lives in Santiago. It is busy, and it is fun. There is lots of life here, to be soaked up at your leisure. This is a great South America Family Holiday destination and start to your trip.

What to do in Santiago

One of the great ways to soak it in is from above; head up the cable car to get panoramic views of the city from a lovely park. You can also visit a small colonial centre here and wonder around the bohemian and arty neighbourhood of the Bellavista district; you should always take a pit stop in one of the many local cafes for a strong expresso and fresh empanadas.

Santiago is a good base after your flight, but as a destination it is eclipsed by the dramatic and varied great outdoors of wild Chile beyond.

As an alternative to exploring Santiago, after your flight why not hop over and spend your time in the more interesting Valparasio - a bohemian city in the scenic wine regions of Chile. It is a rainbow coloured, quirky and bustling spot with flea markets to be explored, and attractive streets and buildings. It's escalators which go up and down the city are an interesting concept and a great way to see this enchanting city from above. Once you are here, this is a great base to then travel a short distance and stay more remotely in the Chilean Wine Valleys. 


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