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Santiago, Chile

Santiago & Central Chile

Central Chile holidays

Introduction

Central Chile is the political and commercial heart of the country, its energies focused on Chile's two biggest cities, Santiago and Valparaiso. The nation's capital is Santiago, with its gleaming tower blocks, chic boutiques and grand plazas. Chile's second city, Valparaiso, on the other hand, is characterised by its brightly painted, hotchpotch buildings - which have given the city UNESCO World Heritage status. The contrast between the cities is striking, but they're both well worth including in a tailor-made Central Chile tour.

After spending a few days in Santiago and Valparaiso, the Central Valley's other attractions are waiting to be discovered. From Valparaiso can be explored the dramatic Pacific coastline, while Santiago is just a few hours away from Chile's best ski resorts - the steep Andean slopes also popular with hikers in the summer months.

Another highlight of Central Chile is trying some of the region's world-class wine. The Maipo Valley is considered by many wine experts to be Chile's best wine-producing area and a number of wineries are easily accessible from Santiago. They're a great place to relax after the bustle of the capital, with snow-capped Andean peaks forming a magical backdrop as you sip a glass or two of Chile's finest drop.

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Spirit of Chile with Tierra Hotels

14-day tailor-made journey from £6,470 pp incl. flights

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offer

Discount if staying at three Tierra hotels – Save up to £880 pp
Book by: 29 April 2019

Witness breathtaking landscapes ranging from the vast expanses of the Atacama Desert in the north, through the verdant central plains and sweeping vineyards of the country's central region, to the lakes, glaciers and towering mountains of Patagonia in the south.

Callao To Buenos Aires on Silver Cloud

28-day expedition voyage from £9,180 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Free Economy Class flights, hotels and transfers
Book by: 30 September 2018

From the Chilean deserts to Patagonia, this voyage around the tip of South America is simply one of Silversea's best yet. Cruise glaciers and fjords, explore the Atacama Desert and marvel at the mysterious and beautiful Nazca lines from above.

Top itineraries in Santiago & Central Chile

Chilean Wines & the Atacama Desert

12-day tailor-made journey from £3,910 pp incl. flights

Discover the contrasts of northern Chile on this 12-day tailor-made tour, which takes in the capital, Santiago, the striking landscapes of the Atacama desert and the central wine valleys of Colchagua and Casablanca.

Highlights of Chile

13-day tailor-made journey from £4,555 pp incl. flights

From the austere landscapes of the north to the granite spires of the Patagonian south and the cities of Santiago and Valparaíso in between, this tailor-made holiday takes in the best of Chile’s history, heritage, landscapes and wildlife.

Highlights of Chilean Patagonia

11-day tailor-made journey from £4,415 pp incl. flights

Explore the very best of Chilean Patagonia on this tailor-made tour to the Lake District town of Puerto Varas, mysterious Chiloé Island and the imposing granite spires of the Torres del Paine National Park.

Spirit of Chile with Tierra Hotels

14-day tailor-made journey from £6,470 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Discount if staying at three Tierra hotels – Save up to £880 pp
Book by: 29 April 2019

Witness breathtaking landscapes ranging from the vast expanses of the Atacama Desert in the north, through the verdant central plains and sweeping vineyards of the country's central region, to the lakes, glaciers and towering mountains of Patagonia in the south.

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Top places to stay in Santiago & Central Chile

The Singular, Santiago

Contemporary hotel

The Singular Santiago - the second offering from Chile's Singular hotel brand after its sister property in Patagonia - offers five-star luxury in the Lastarria Neighbourhood of Santiago, one of the most charming, characterful and cultural districts of Chile's vibrant capital city.

La Casona Hotel at Matetic Vineyards, Rosario Valley

Historic hotel

Along with the obligatory tours and tastings, this historic wine estate in Chile’s coastal valleys offers traditional accommodation and fabulous food in the most peaceful of settings.

Palacio Astoreca, Valparaíso

Contemporary hotel

Open since 2012, this hotel is a restored natural monument on Chile's central coast.

Hotel Cumbres Lastarria, Santiago

Small & intimate hotel

Return from days spent exploring the nearby sights to panoramic city views, an outdoor pool and comfortable rooms.

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Where to go in Santiago & Central Chile

Wine Valleys

Chile's wine valleys are nestled between the Andes and Coastal Mountain Range, straddled by rivers that create fertile soils for cultivating grapes.

Chile Ski Resorts

Skiing can be enjoyed throughout much of southern Chile. Some of South America's best ski resorts are to be found within a few hours' drive of Santiago, making them an easy inclusion to a Chile tour.

Valparaiso

The port of Valparaiso is one of Chile's most interesting cities, known for its brightly painted buildings that extend in seemingly chaotic fashion across more than 40 cerros - hills - that rise up from the Pacific Ocean. The ramshackle layout of the cerros and the fine sea views afforded from them…

Santiago

Santiago is Chile's sophisticated and modern capital, and the entry point for most people arriving in the country by air. It's certainly an impressive arrival, flying past towering Andean peaks as you descend, some of which can be seen from the city on clear days.

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When to go to Santiago & Central Chile

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Santiago, the wine valleys and Valparaíso are at their best during spring and autumn when there are fewer crowds and daytime temperatures are pleasant.

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Santiago & Central Chile articles

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    Chile's winemaking has taken its rightful place at the world's table, with vineyards producing grapes both familiar and uncommon. Here are the main Chilean wines to look for, and food pairings to bring out the best in them.

  • The best food and wine holidays in the world

    From nectorial white wines to ambrosial game meats, we have hand-picked our favourite food and wine holidays around the world, including highlights from South Africa, Chile and France.

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