Santiago usually serves as a gateway to Chile’s top tourist attractions: incredibly beautiful nature spots and world-famous national parks. In fact, Protected Wilderness Areas make nearly 20 % of the country. That is why most visitors usually pass through the Chilean capital either on the way to the snowy wonders of Patagonia in the South or to the otherworldly landscapes of the sun-dried Atacama Desert in the North. Few travelers come to the city for its own sake. And, indeed, Santiago’s rather monotonous skyline dominated by modern skyscrapers does not strike you as a particularly remarkable or unconventional place. Instead, this South American megalopolis has a pretty unassuming character that takes time to open up to you.
Yet, it would be a pity to miss on the chance to get to know Chile’s most important city and appreciate its discreet charm. So here is a brief guide to Santiago’s best places to visit during a short stay.