Santiago Travel Guide
Chile is located in the southwestern tip of South America, separated from Argentina by the Andes Mountains and bordered to the north by Bolivia and Peru. Its capital is Santiago, a city that mixes the best of the traditions and culture of the country with European-style modernity and Latin American flavor.
The downtown area of the city is filled with colonial-era buildings that house museums and government offices. Some of the most famous include the presidential Casa de la Moneda, Plaza de Armas, and San Cristobal Hill where you´ll find a zoo, botanical gardens, and swimming pools in the area known as Parque Metropolitano. The entire area is filled with restaurants and cafes that serve the traditional Empanada Chilena, and the ever-present Sopaipilla, a kind of arepa-shaped fried pastry made of flour and sugar, as well as other local and international dishes.
Other areas of the city have their own attractions, such as the Costanera Center, which is the tallest building in Latin America and includes a world-class shopping mall, cinema, restaurants, two hotels, and two office towers; as well as a guided tour to the top of the building for some breathtaking views of the entire city and the surrounding mountains. There is also the Mercado Central, where you can find all kinds of produce, as well as delicious Chilean food.
Winters in Santiago are cold, but it's a great landing spot for people going to the nearby Andes to ski. The rest of the year is relatively moderate, with hot summers which are perfect for a visit to Fantasilandia amusement park, and to enjoy Santiago´s lively nightlife and outgoing friendly people.