Chile’s capital and economic hub is also the nation’s oldest city, enjoying a rich calendar of events and a diverse range of attractions. Flanked by the Andes mountain range in the east and coastal peaks to the west, Santiago is divided into thirty-two individual districts, all of which have built a modest fortune through textiles, farming and commerce. Today, Santiago is also divided between the old and the new, its modern high rises, backed by snow-capped mountains, swallowed by low-lying suburbs awash with Chilean history. From the vibrant markets, street life and quirky Bohemian atmosphere, to the century-old parks, cathedrals and artistic diversity, Santiago is undeniably cultured.
Summers (from November to March) are dry, hot and humid, whereas winters (from May to September) can be notoriously wet, cold and smoggy. Arrive in January and you’ll be able to attend Santiago’s annual Jazz festival, the Festival de Jazz de Providencia. This flamboyant event attracts over twelve-thousand fans and showcases some of the best jazz artists from across the globe. For all other times of the year, make sure the steps of Cerro Santa Lucia feature in your agenda. Here, you’ll find a charming public park in the heart of the city. Climb the relatively steep steps to the summit of an inner city hill and marvel at the impressive panoramic views. Come rain, shine or smog, there is no better way to look upon the fabulous city of Santiago.