What to do, where to go, where to eat and where to sleep in Santiago, Chile
Situated in central Chile, with a moderate Mediterranean-like climate, Santiago is where just about any Chilean adventure will begin. Gateway to the mountains, the high desert, the seashore or the wine valleys, Santiago, with its excellent airport, welcomes thousands upon thousands of visitors each day. This cosmopolitan and energetic city blends the historic with the ultra-modern, enabling any tourist to find a neighborhood that feels just right.
|Downtown Santiago - courtesy of Turismo Chile|
There’s no lack of things to do in Santiago and chances are you’ll be wishing you planned more time there. To really maximize that experience, having a local’s expertise is priceless. It’s no wonder that Santiago Adventures is the number one recommended tour operator on TripAdvisor, and while their list of tours is unbelievably extensive, Brian will gladly customize any tour just for you.
Ski Santiago in summer:
|Skiing in the Andes - photo courtesy of Turismo Chile|
Skiing is big in Chile from mid-June through late September. It offers North Americans the perfect opportunity to give those skis a mid-year workout on Chile’s famous ski adventures such as Portillo, Tres Valles or Ski Arpa.
The latter half of July is when national holidays occur in Chile and Argentina, so the slopes are likely to be busiest then. Also be aware that September 18th is an independence holiday in Chile, although supposedly nowhere near as busy as the July holidays.
Santiago wine tasting trips:
|Clos Apalta 2007 - $119,000 pesos/bottle|
Grapes have long been a major crop in Chile and are becoming one of the top exports for the country. As technology continues to make inroads into Chile’s wineries, the quality continues to improve. While my experience with Sauvignon Blanc was always agreeable, I couldn’t believe the difference while sampling the local vintage. Some claim that Chilean Sauvignon Blanc is really Sauvignon Vert, but whichever it is, I found it quite superior. For those red aficionado’s, be sure to try a Chilean Camenere.