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Santiago de Chile

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Santiago de Chile

Santiago is located in the central valley of the country. It is an important cultural, commercial, industrial, and political gateway. This city is a modernized metropolis well-renowned for having one of Latin America's most dynamic economies. Both credited as cultural and modern, this is a typical Latin American city with quite an active nightlife. There are a lot of tourist attractions and adventure sports to participate in as well. Santiago de Chile has multiple options for everybody, like Pablo Neruda's Home, the romantic hideaway of the famous poet and his wife Matilde; Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, with a great collection of Latin American aboriginal artifacts and paintings; and San Cristobal Hill, with a zoo, a wine museum and a gondola ride to the top. Outside the capital you should go to Valle Nevado, Chile's largest ski resort; Santa Lucia Hill, the most exuberant hill of Santiago; Rio Clarillo National Reserve, the last refuge for the sclerophyllous forest and protected animal species

Highlights 
Privileged location, near mountains and just a few km. away from beaches.
Active nightlife, many tourist attractions and adventure sports options.
Cultural, commercial, industrial and political capitol of the country.
Transport 
Metro, buses and taxis make moving about Santiago easy. One of the best ways to get around Santiago is using its clean, efficient Metro system. Five lines connect various points of the city. The bus network traverses the entirety of the city but it is not the popular choice for tourists since the metro system runs through most areas attractive to visitors.
The best of the city 

La Chascona: Neruda's home showcases art and craft pieces he brought back to Santiago from his international travels. Guided tours give visitors the best opportunity to get the back-story on this fascinating landmark.

Bellavista: Chic neighborhood on the south bank of the Mapocho River. By day, visitors to the area can shop for trendy items in the small shops and boutiques that populate the street, while at night, socialites can party into the wee hours of the morning at its clubs and bars.

Museo de Arte Precolombino: It showcases artifacts from both Central and South America and includes textiles and ceramics, art and metalwork. There is also an on-site café and museum shop that sells reproductions of pieces displayed here.

Parque forestal: A variety of flora and fauna is planted here and draws scores of people on weekends for relaxing walks and people-watching. The park is also home to the Estacion Mapocho train station and is just a short walk from nearby dining, shopping and sightseeing destinations.

Cerro San Cristobal: It offers a choice spot in the city for panoramic views on clear days. Walk or ride to the summit where the views of Santiago below are a patchwork quilt meeting the breathtaking peaks of the Andes beyond.

Plaza de armas: It is surrounded by the Palacio de los Gobernadores, the Palacio de la Real Audiencia and the Municipalidad de Santiago. While here, take a bit of time to relax and watch the mix of people who make this South American capital an ever-growing, well-traveled destination.

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Climate

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Climate 
Santiago has a Mediterranean climate. Hot dry summers (November to March) with temperatures reaching up to 35ºC (95ºF) on the hottest days; winters (June to August) are humid with cold mornings with a typical maximum daily temperature of 13ºC (56ºF), and a minimum of a few degrees above freezing.
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