Santiago de Chile was founded in 1541 and is the oldest city in the country. The location of the Chilean capital is quite spectacular: the snow-capped mountains of the Andes provide the backdrop for the city.
Santiago is very much the centre of the world as far as Chileans are concerned. For nightlife, eating out, or anything at all this is the place to be. Some of the best places to experience these things are the Barrio Suecia and Bellavista neighbourhoods. The young, colourful Barrio Brazil neighbourhood is undergoing a renaissance and also offers many excellent opportunities for people watching and eating, including the famed Las Vacas Gordas steakhouse on Cienfuegos.
The one museum to see in Santiago is the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolumbino that houses 4500 years of pre-Columbian civilisation. The Chinchorro mummies, 1000 years older than the Egyptian mummies, are not to be missed.
The Bellavista and Barrio Suecia neighbourhoods are the place to be for nightlife and restaurants - they are both bright and colourful areas.
For a great view of the city and the impressive surrounding mountains take the funicular to Cerro San Cristobal. You will also find here Parque Metropolitano - Santiago's largest open space.
There are excellent hiking opportunities in the mountains and of course the ski season operates from June to October. For wine lovers the Concha y Toro vineyards and the Maipo Valley are not far away.
Flights to Santiago with Avianca
Most major international airlines have a base in Santiago and offer regular flights to Santiago's international airport.
Avianca is operating flights to Santiago and Bogota.