Why It's Worth It

Located in the middle of a valley, surrounded by mountains, and crossed by a river, Santiago—Chile's capital—is emerging as a vibrant and cosmopolitan city. Its strategic location allows you to be atop the Andes in the morning and just hours later watching the sunset at the Pacific Ocean. Home to half of the country’s population, the city is the backdrop for a wide variety of cultural activities, making it an enticing and entertaining entry point for travelers. —Gloria Apara Paillas