Santiago (also known as Santiago de Chile) is the capital city of Chile as well as one of the largest cities in the Americas. It is the center of Chile’s most densely populated region, the Santiago Metropolitan Region, whose total population is 7 million.
It is a world-class city that serves as the nation’s business, political, cultural, entertainment, and educational center.
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There are many interesting things to find across the city and no matter which part you find yourself in, there’s at least one or two interesting things you’ll want to take a look at. Having a lot of heritage, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find both the new and the old scattered all over the place – tall, modern skyscrapers, old, intricate churches, and mansions.
The city holds a balance of both modern and historic, which makes for an interesting evening walk if you’re new to the city. One of the better aspects of the city being the surrounding scenery. Due to the fact, the city is located in a valley, the skyline is placed right on top of a beautiful mountainous landscape surrounding the city.
When it comes to mountainous terrain, some people would instantly jump to the thought of grabbing their skis or snowboards – when it comes to Santiago, you would lose out if you didn’t. There’s an incredible spot just can find 90 minutes outside of the city, Valle Nevado, and offers one of the best locations for such activities.
You also do not have to worry about your skill level as the resort offers a bit of everything for both beginners and avid thrill chasers. And here’s the winner, even if you find yourself if these mountains during the summer season and there is no snow anywhere to be found, you can still go hiking, biking, and horseback riding through the mountains.
It is a great spot if you want to spend some time away from the big city.
If highs are what you seek, but you cannot afford to leave the city, Sky Costanera is the to-go spot for great sights of the city. Rising high above the rest of the city – it is a rather impressive building that you can see from pretty much anywhere in the city. Nearly at the height of 1,000 feet (304 m) tall, the Sky center offers a 360-degree view of the city and the surrounding mountains.
If you love architecture, the city has quite a few gems you might want to visit. The Cerro Santa Lucia, La Moneda Palace, and Cementerio General de Santiago are just a few locations you might want to see. The mention Santiago’s main cemetery is one of the largest in Latin America.
Established in 1821 it offers a great-looking 210 acres of area to explore. Might sound weird, but is known for its night tours that you can join for around 10 dollars. You’ll find many beautiful and wonderfully kept statues, buildings, and gravestones that many share intricate details and designs that are quite intriguing to take a look at.
The graveyard has around 2 million bodies buried and still has plenty of space left. If spooky night adventures are not really your thing, the Cerro Santa Lucia is a small, intimate hill-park in the center of Santiago. In this park, you can find quite a few interesting structures, like the Castillo Hidalgo, which is one of the most important buildings in the history of the city.
It is currently the most traditional meeting point of the capital after a group of private investors from 1997 decided to restore the majestic monument. It is used for the celebration of weddings, end of the year parties, graduations, and party of galas, among other events.
And that is just a single slice of what the rest of the city and its surroundings can offer. Santiago is a large and varied city, polarising to some, but still more than worth a visit to explore all of what the capital can offer.
May it be summer or winter, high in the mountains or down in the streets of the bustling city center, you are bound to find something you’ll enjoy.
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