Founded in 1541 by the Spanish conquer Pedro de Valdivia, Santiago de Chile grows in the twenty-first century towards a modern and cosmopolitan city. This capital city has 5.4 million people and it is the center of the financial and cultural activities of the country.
It is located between the Andes and the Coastal Range (one hour from the Pacific Ocean), favoring a warm-temperate climate, with cold rainy winters and a prolonged dry season. Temperatures vary from 22 ° C in January to 10 ° C in June.
Santiago is considered one of the safest cities in Latin America. Its population has high rates of literacy, and they have a civilized lifestyle. People are friendly and hospitable, specially with foreigners.
In terms of transportation, it is an innovative city . It presents a sophisticated network of national highways, and promotes a Transantiago plan for modernization and development of transport means in the capital. The city main transport means are buses, subways, taxis and bicycles. The national railway is used mainly for cargo transport.
In Santiago, you can enjoy various cultural activities, with many museums and theaters plays. Its greatest expression can be seen at the "Santiago a Mil" theater festival, which convenes more than 1 million people. Other major attractions are the Weapons Square, the Church and San Francisco Convent, La Moneda Palace, the Pre-Columbian Art Museum and the Red House. Moreover, there are attractions for children as Fantasilandia Park, the National Zoo and the Buin Zoo in the outskirts of the city. The food is great and the wines have an international high level.
Due to the great economic and political management of the country in recent years, Santiago attracts much foreign investment and people who arrive with expectations of finding both business and life opportunities. These phenomenon has facilitated the reduction of poverty and enabled the development of new financial and residential areas at the east of the city.
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