About Santiago, Chile
Santiago, otherwise referred to as Santiago de Chile, is the largest and capital city of Chile. A staggering 40% of the Chilean nationals call Santiago home. It was founded in 1541, and features 19th century neoclassical architecture as well as streets dotted by neo-gothic and deco styles among others. The cityscape is shaped by the Mapocho River, multiple stand-alone hills as well as Andes Mountains. Since its founding, Santiago has grown to become a metropolitan city which is now home to dozens of shopping centers, and a growing arts scene.
Popular Destinations in Santiago
Here is a look at some of the popular tour destinations in Santiago:
La Chascona: La Chascona was built by well known Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, as a secret getaway for his mistress and him. The name was inspired by Matilde’s hair and the building features a lot of sea-inspired décor. For instance, the living room was modeled on a lighthouse and the living room on a ship’s cabin. Audio tours in different languages take visitors through the history of the enchanting house.
Central Gabriela Mistral: This arts center was built and named after the acclaimed Gabriela Mistral, a poet and the first Latin-American woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. It serves as a venue for concerts and performances on most regular days. The ground floor features rotating art exhibitions, and it’s impossible not to get attracted by Central Gabrial Mistral which looks like a giant rusty cheese grater on the outside.
Museo de la Moda: Located near Av Vitacura, this is a fashion museum which hosts a vast collection of permanent collection of Western clothing from the 20th century. Although the museum only displays a fraction of the items at any given time, there are plenty of clothing exhibitions from some of the most iconic designers in the 20th century. Key highlights include a cone bra designed for Madonna by Jean P. Gaultier, John Lennon’s jacket from 1966 and an evening gown worn by Lady Diana in 1981.
Cerro Santa Lucia: Until the reign of Benjamin Mackenna as mayor of this city, this well-manicured park was simply a rocky hill. Today, the park features a number of stone stairs and walking trails, some of which lead to the Torre Mirador at the top of the hill. There are also a number of interesting buildings and churches worth exploring.
Luxury Lodging in Santiago
- Boulevard Suites Hotel
- Grand Hyatt Santiago
- Hacienda Los Lingues M. House
- Hotel Kennedy
- Hotel Regal Pacific
- Hotel Santiago Park Plaza
- Noi Vitacura Hotel
- Plaza El Bosque Park
- San Cristobal Tower, Santiago
- The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago
Airports In or Nearby Santiago
Looking for a private aircraft charter to Santiago, Chile? Santiago is served by many airports located in the surrounding regions. Some of the notable airports include:
- Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport (SCL): Also known as Santiago International Airport, this is considered the busiest airport not only in the city but in all of Chile. This airport is located approximately 11 miles away from Santiago. For July 2015 alone, it recorded a total of 1.5 million passenger traffic both for its domestic and international flights. This airport is located in Santiago’s Region Metropolitana.
- Eulogio Sanchez Airport(SCTB): Otherwise known as Tobalaba Airport, this airport in Santiago was founded in 1954 and was named after Eulogio Sanchez Errazuriz, Club Aereo de Santiago’s president back then. It stands over 52 hectares of land in Santiago’s eastern part.
- Panguilemo Airport (SCTL, TLX): Located in Malaue, Chile, this private-use airport is about 88 miles away from Santiago. It stands at 371 feet above sea level and has one concrete runway.
- El Bosque Airport (SCBQ): Located in El Bosque, Santiago, Chile, this airport is situated 11 miles away from Santiago International Airport. El Bosque Airport has one concrete runway.
- Rancagua De La Independencia Airport (QRC): With as unpaved runway surface, this public-use airport is located near Rancagua, a place in Chile’s Libertador General Bernardo O’ Higgins. It mainly serves the city of Rancagua. This airport sits at an elevation of 1,447 feet above sea level and has one asphalt runway.
- El Corte Airport (SCEG): This public airport is located about three miles south (southeast) of Talagante, Santiago. Sitting at an elevation of over 1,000 feet above sea level, it has one unpaved runway.
- Puerto Saavedra Airport(SCSA): Located near Puerto Saavedra, Santiago in Chile, this public airport has one runway with an unpaved surface in the 18/36 direction.
- Lampa Lipangui Airport (SCKL): This public airport can be found in Lapa, Santiago Metropolitan Chile. It has an asphalt runway in the 16/34 direction.
- Ventanas Radioayuda Airport (SCVT): Located southwest of Isla de Maipo in Santiago Metropolitan Chile, this airport serves the needs of the people on the island. The airport has a asphalt runway in the 09/27 direction.
- Cuatro Diablos Airport (SCME). Another public airport in Chile, this airport is located near Melipilla in Santiago Metropolitan. It has a concrete runway and sits at an elevation of 600 feet above sea level. It is situated 31.1 miles away from Santiago.
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