Top 10 Destinations in South America (I): Santiago, Chile

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Top 10 Destinations in South America (I): Santiago, Chile

Ole! Besides salsa, sombreros and tequila, South America is a feast for one’s senses, with something for every kind of traveler. The continent is a patchwork of remarkable sceneries, with its snowcapped massifs, dangerous jungles, dreamlike deserts and spectacular mountain ranges, with many of its wonders remaining largely undiscovered.

 

South America offers rich experiences to travelers seeking natural wonders, ancient ruins, and vibrant cultural experiences.

 

Any of these ten destinations would make a fascinating trip on its own, or you could combine some or all of them for a memorable tour.

 

 

Top 10 Destinations in South America: Santiago, Chile

 

Santiago de Chile, the capital city of Chile, sits squarely within the central valley of the country.

 

Santiago makes an ideal winter holiday destination for ski lovers, thanks to Valle Nevado. With nearly 3,000 hectares of skiable domain, it’s the largest skiing spot in South America. If you're planning to travel to Santiago in summer, you can go hiking or do a picnic at the same location. Consider using the Mirador chairlift to take you all the way up to the top, where you can also sign up for more fun activities like horseback riding, going trekking with guides, and even rock climbing.

 

 

Top 10 Destinations in South America: Santiago, Chile

 

Architecture lovers will fall head over heels for the city's neoclassical architecture, long winding streets decked with numerous art deco, neo-gothic and other famous style buildings. Start with the Plaza de Armas, the city's historic center, to view some of the best heritage architecture. Do not miss the National History Museum and the Central Post Office here. Take in a little bit of architecture and history together by paying a visit to Pablo Neruda's house in Santiago. If you want a little more of the poet, check out his houses in Valaparaiso and Isla Negro as well.

 

For the lazy holiday lovers, Santiago offers tours to hot springs at Banos Colina, the Fine Arts Museum, the bohemian Barrio Bellavista. The nightlife at Barrio Bellavista is best experienced in the many bars here, especially after midnight. You can even sample delicious late night street food in this area.

 

Top 10 Destinations in South America: Santiago, Chile

 

The best part about Santiago is its bicycle-friendly streets, so you can pedal all over the city to explore its culture.