Santiago de Chile is the capital of Chile, and also an important hub for different activities in Latin America. You may find yourself attending a conference, congress or business meeting in Santiago de Chile at some point, or you may just take a trip there for doing tourism in Chile, or enjoying time off during a connection of flights in Lan Airlines. After preparing your travel checklist for your trip to Santiago which will include accommodation, travel insurance and flight, probably a good add-on for a perfect trip could be tours or day trips to the surroundings of Santiago.
No matter which the reason is, if you find yourself in Santiago de Chile for a few days and would like to take a trip from Santiago to another place in Chile, here is some advice on what to visit, organized in a Top 3 according to the tourists’ favorites.
#1: Viña del Mar
The main beach resort in Chile, probably due to its proximity to the capital, is also a beautiful city with a nice beach in which you can enjoy beautiful sunsets over the Pacific Ocean, walk on the bayside and around the posh houses and buildings. Viña del Mar is a great place to take a break from Santiago de Chile.
Located next to Viña del Mar, and also just two hours by bus or car from Santiago de Chile, Valparaíso was originally a fisherman area, and now retains its character of a fishermen town turned into a city. Stay safe and do not lose yourself in the narrow streets up the hills, but take one of the many elevators to enjoy the views from above, take a motor-boat ride to see more of the harbor and take pictures of the street dogs, which are the city-plague found everywhere.
#3: Cajón del Maipo
Located southeast in the Santiago Metropolitan Region, Cajón del Maipo is a canyon in the upper Maipo river, with beautiful countryside and mountain views, as well as several resorts offering horseback riding, tours, and a lot of adventure tourism in this area of Chile. Do not miss the chance to experience a bit of the Chilean countryside without getting far away from the city.