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A modern and prosperous city, Santiago de Chile is situated at an elevation of 520 metres with a spectacular backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of the Andes.

Chile's capital, it is one of Latin America’s most sophisticated metropolitan areas with extensive suburbs, beautiful parks, shopping malls, impressive high-rise architecture, excellent museums, churches and universities. The city’s unique location means that it is possible to go ski-ing in the morning and visit the beach resort of Vina del Mar or picturesque Valparaiso in the afternoon!

Santiago's historic downtown district includes some beautiful colonial buildings and the traditional neighbourhoods have avenues lined with graceful family mansions.

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  • Where: Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile

Wildlife trips

This location is featured in the following itineraries:

Puma & Patagonian Wildlife Photography

Join renowned photographer Nick Garbutt on this incredible journey to the heart of Patagonia, refuge to a wealth of wildlife and a major stronghold for the region's top predator, the puma. Get close to king penguins at Tierra del Fuego and enjoy whale watching in the rugged wilderness of the Strait of Magellan.

  • When to go: Nov-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £11,220 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Land of Extremes

Explore the extremes of Chile – from the great lakes and towering snow-capped mountains of Torres del Paine to the lunar landscapes of the Atacama Desert. Discover overwhelming beauty at every turn, with erupting geysers, spectacular glaciers, as well as fascinating unique wildlife.

  • When to go: Oct-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,145 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Patagonia Wildlife Adventure

Witness the antics of sealions and dolphins in the Strait of Magellan as you travel on a trip in Chile’s first ever marine park. Combined with the breathtaking landscapes, varied wildlife and walking trails of Torres del Paine National Park, this is an adventure-packed experience to remember.

  • When to go: Dec-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,095 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Hotel Le Rêve

This elegant boutique property occupies a four-floor building – a national monument – whose original French architecture has been exquisitely restored to combine the traditional with the modern. Located in Santiago's elegant Providencia neighbourhood, Le Rêve is close to several restaurants and visitor attractions.