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Santiago


  • Aerial view of the financial district
  • Palacio de la Moneda
  • Plaza de Armas
  • Statue of Virgin Mary

The cultural, political and financial centre of Chile as well as its capital, Santiago is located in the country’s central valley, dominated by the Andes to the east and a smaller coastal mountain range in the west.

Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia founded Santiago in February 1541.  By the end of the century, the town was still quite small with infrastructure only beginning to expand in the 18th century.  As a result of the California gold rush in the middle of the 19th century which triggered a great deal of exports, Santiago’s population began to grow. 

After a coup d’état in 1973 which saw liberal president Salvador Allende removed by the military regime of General Pinochet, Santiago witnessed a great deal of violence and atrocities aimed at those who were believed to be anti-Pinochet.  In 1990, a democratically elected leader was put in power and the city, and the country gradually began to recover.

Today, Santiago is a modern city that appears more Western than many of its neighbours.  A cultural hub, Santiago hosts many universities as well as a thriving arts and culinary scene.  While there is much to do within the city itself, its stunning setting among the Andes ensures that there are opportunities for exciting activities like trekking, hiking, kayaking and more just beyond the city limits.

 


 

Chile Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Chile.

Learn about the history and culture of Chile, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Chile's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Chile for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Chile tours today!

 

Extend Your Trip

After your Chile vacation packages,  why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours. These include a large selection of other exciting countries in Central and South America. We offer Ecuador vacation packages which include Galapagos cruises, Peru vacatiion packages which include Machu Picchu tours and Brazil tours including Iguassu Falls tours among many others. 

 

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  • Classic South Pacific and South America

    Discover four unique destinations with the spectacular scenery of Santiago, Chile, the bustling tropical city of Papeete, Tahiti, the beautiful lagoons of Bora Bora and Auckland, the city of sails.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Argentina & Chile Patagonia Explorer

    Embark on an adventure through incredible national parks to see amazing wildlife. Highlights include Valdes nature reserve, Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city and Perito Moreno Glacier.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,291
    Trip Type:
    Motorcoach Tours, Small Group Tours
    Argentina See Trip Details
  • Chilean Wines

    Embark on a short adventure where you not only gain amazing insight into the wines of Chile but you’ll also get the unique chance to explore Santiago and Valparaiso like a local.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,624
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Chilean Wines, Deserts and Volcanoes - VIP

    World famous wines combined with some of the most spectacular scenery in the world in the Atacama desert in Northern Chile makes a journey to this part of Chile a once in a lifetime opportunity.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 8,135
    Trip Type:
    VIP Luxury Touring
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Crossing South America

    Spend 22 days exploring 5 countries as you travel across South America. Visit Chile, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil seeing the sights, sounds and cultures of these unique destinations.
    Duration:
    22 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Cultural Crossovers – Chile, Bolivia and Argentina

    Sitting almost in the geographical heart of South America is a vast expanse of some of the most desolate, remote but yet stunningly beautiful landscapes in the world.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Locally Escorted Tours, Special Interest Groups
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Deluxe Patagonia with Free Airfare to Chile

    A Patagonia tour is a highlight for many visitors to Chile, taking in the jagged peaks and powerful glaciers of the Andes. With complimentary international airfare, this trip to Chile brings its beauty a whole lot closer.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,649
    Trip Type:
    Air & Land Getaways
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Easter Island Rapa Nui Hotel Altiplanico

    One of the world’s most mysterious islands is one of its most intriguing destinations.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 774
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Easter Island Rapa Nui Hotel Hanga Roa

    One of the world’s most mysterious islands is one of its most intriguing destinations.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,439
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Easter Island Rapa Nui Hotel Taha Tai

    One of the world’s most mysterious islands is one of its most intriguing destinations.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 588
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Explora Easter Island - Stay of Distinction

    The hotel is located on a hill in the Te Miro Oone sector, on 9.6 hectares of land that faces the sea. The hotel is situated in the southwestern zone of the island, 5.6 km from Hanga Roa – the only town on the island – and it acts as a base for exploring this attractive and mysterious island, home to a culture whose origins and evolution remain unexplained.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Stays of Distinction, VIP Luxury Touring
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Explora Easter Island 4/5/6 Days

    Easter Island is the farthest island from any populated land on the planet. Spend your days exploring this unique spot and your nights at “explora”, the only 5 star hotel on the island.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,666
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, VIP Luxury Touring
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Patagonia Complete

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    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,065
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Patagonian Luxury Explorer - VIP

    Goway's 10-day Patagonian Luxury Explorer - VIP tour visits Santiago, Torres Del Paine National Park and Colchagual. Please inquire about this trip.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 9,475
    Trip Type:
    VIP Luxury Touring
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Ritz Carlton - Stay of Distinction

    Slip effortlessly from the sand to the ski slopes with the splendid Andean Mountain Range in your sights. The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago, Chile hotel is the perfect venue to take in the history and admire the natural beauty of this geographically gifted place.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Stays of Distinction, VIP Luxury Touring
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Santiago Like A Native

    Experience Santiago as a true “Santiaguino”. Ride the subway, visit the stock exchange, shop in a market, dine in local non tourist restaurants and sample Terremoto, the local drink.
    Duration:
    6 Hours
    Prices From:
    US$ 136
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips & Extensions
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Santiago Stopover

    Resting on an inland plain, with the Andes glimmering in the distance, Santiago, the capital of Chile is a city of contrasts, with colonial neighbourhood parks and modern districts.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 315
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Santiago to Rio Explorer

    Explore all of Santiago before heading to Mendoza, Argentina’s famed wine region. Next, enjoy vibrant Buenos Aires and the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls, ending your tour in Rio.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,528
    Trip Type:
    Motorcoach Tours, Small Group Tours
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Tierra Atacama and Matetic

    Combine a visit to a wine producing region of Chile with a stay in the exotic and spectacularly beautiful desert region of Atacama in Northern Chile. Enjoy gourmet meals and participate in the many interesting activities offered by the lodge in Atacama.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,900
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, VIP Luxury Touring
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Tierra Patagonia and Matetic

    Combine a visit to a wine producing region of Chile with a stay in the wild and exotic Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia. Enjoy the most beautiful surrounding scenery while participating in the many interesting activities offered by the lodge.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,500
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, VIP Luxury Touring
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Tierra Patagonia Hotel - Stay of Distinction

    Tierra Patagonia is friendly and welcoming and our location is sublime.  Set in the uttermost south of Chile, we overlook Lake Sarmiento and the towering peaks of Torres del Paine National Park which was named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Site in 1978.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Stays of Distinction, VIP Luxury Touring
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Vineyards and Fine Food – Matetic Vineyard

    Equilibrium. This is the experience when you visit Matetic Vineyards.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 761
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips & Extensions, Romance & Honeymoon, Special Interest Groups, Stays of Distinction
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Wildlife and Battlefields

    See the best of the Falklands on a trip steeped in nature and history.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Wonders of Chile

    Stretching between the Pacific and the Andes, Chile is one of South America’s sleeper destinations. This Chile tour takes you to discover all that’s cool about this majestic country, from its lively coastal towns, to its incredible deserts and mountains.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,954
    Trip Type:
    Fully Escorted Touring, Motorcoach Tours, Small Group Tours
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Wonders of Chile & Argentina

    Stretching between the Pacific and the Andes, Chile is one of South America’s sleeper destinations. This South America tour takes you to discover all that’s cool about Chile before offering just a taste of its neighbour Argentina, ending in Buenos Aires, the Paris of the South.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,941
    Trip Type:
    Fully Escorted Touring, Motorcoach Tours
    Chile See Trip Details
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