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Santiago at a Glance

Mountain-ringed Santiago can present a dark and smoggy sight during the winter months, but dig beneath the curtain and you will find arts, culture and excitement brewing in many of the city's quarters. 

On a clear day, Santiago is a gorgeous and striking city. Skyscrapers reach up to challenge the white tipped mountains that circle the distant city edges like a wall. On the other side of low coastal mountains to the west, the ocean stretches blue, clear and sunny. Fishing boats dot the horizon while heavier shipping enters the port under tugboat power. 

Santiago is a place for foodies. Fish strongly flavors local cuisine and markets everywhere offer up the catch of the day. Rice, beans, coffee, vegetables and bread are also staples and local food has Spanish influences. If you are looking for entertainment after dinner, pubs, bars and other intimate settings are the best places to check out local music acts. 

What to Expect
High Season
December - May
Low Season
June - November
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Visitors to Chile do not need a tourist visa if they intend to stay for fewer than 90 days. Upon arrival at the Santiago Airport, tourists must pay a $160 U.S fee for a tourist card, which must remain with them until their departure. For more information, contact a Chilean Consulate. American citizens can use the U.S State Department's website as a resource as well. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Terminal San Borja
      • Railroad Estación Central-Santiago
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Events Chile's climate ranges from north to south. Be prepared for mountain snow during the winter. Santiago has hot summers and cool winters. Extreme southern Chile has cool, moist weather year-round. Earthquakes are a fact of life here and local construction is not always earthquake proof. 

      Safety Concerns Chile is one of South America's safest countries. Keep an eye out for pickpockets just in case. 

      Health Concerns Santiago has winter smog warnings so use caution if you are sensitive to air-quality shifts. When  volcanoes erupt, this also adversely affects air-quality nationwide. Visitors should also be aware of rip-tides on beaches.