Overview

With a backdrop of snow-draped Andean peaks in a sunny fertile valley, Santiago, Chile’s huge capital lies at the heart of the country. A multi-layered place of contrasting neighbourhoods, there are a plethora of fascinating buildings, authentic eateries and picturesque vineyards to discover on a Santiago holiday.

There’s a tiny colonial heart which displays an often poignant history, offset by the glittering malls, skyscrapers and shady boulevards of a modern economy. Interspersed are European-style centres for shopping and eating out such as Italianate Bellavista and newly vibrant, villagey localities among which is trendy Lastarria. The surrounding Mediterranean landscape is the perfect setting for vineyards and wineries producing Chile’s well respected wines.

Start planning your holiday to Santiago with Journey Latin America today. Our team of travel experts will help tailor your trip so you can experience Chile to the fullest.

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Holidays Santiago and the vineyards

We have a selection of unique and memorable holidays that include a visit to Santiago and the vineyards, with something for everyone. Book with Journey Latin America.

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Active Chile: Trek in Torres Del Paine

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Active Chile: Andean Skiing and Atacama Desert Adventures

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Active Patagonia: Classic treks in Argentina and Chile

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Things to do

There is lots to see and do in Santiago, from enjoying a self-drive tour of the vineyards, to skiing out of season at Valle Nevado. Book now with Journey Latin America.

Where to go when - our guide to Santiago and the vineyards

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The weather in Santiago and the vineyards is wide and varied

Situated in the heart of the country, Santiago and the surrounding fertile vineyards can be enjoyed at any time of year, though the fluctuating weather conditions of the region may affect which time suits you best. December - February are the hottest summer months, when the capital empties out a little. You’ll enjoy glorious sunny days and experience the Santiago a Mil theatre and performing arts festival in January. For traditional music, grape stomping and wine tasting, don’t miss the Vendimias harvest festivals from February - May in the vineyards. Winter sports enthusiasts would do well to visit in June - August, to catch the ski season in Valle Nevado and whizz down the dazzling snowy mountain ranges of the Andes.

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Real Latin american experts

  • Sophie Barber
    Sophie Barber - Travel Expert

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

  • Paul Winrow Giffen
    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

  • Juliet Ellwood
    Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert

    After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

  • Hannah Waterhouse
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

  • Millie Davies Mono
    Millie Davies - Travel Expert

    Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.

  • Hannah Donaldson
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

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