The peak seasons to visit Santiago are the summers (December to March) and winters (June to September). The summers are hot and dry at 80-85 deg F while the winters are mild and humid at 58-65 deg F. These two seasons host some of the most popular festivals in the city and the list includes the National Festival of Folklore and Santiago a Mil (in summer), and the Jazz Festival of Nunoa and Santiago’s International Film Festival (during winters). You can also enjoy skiing during the winters. It would be best to book your tickets well in advance to avoid last minute rush and inflated prices. If you’re looking for a more economical option, you can visit this city during the falls season from mid-March to May. It would be a little cooler and you would’ve to pack in a few extra layers of clothing, but you can get low airfares and hotel rates.
The city is served by Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport (also known as Santiago International Airport and Pudahuel Airport). It is Chile's largest aviation facility and the busiest international airport in the country. Being South America's gateway to Australia and New Zealand, it serves both public and military ends. The airport provides domestic and international services to multiple destinations in Europe, Oceania and the US. It is a hub for LATAM, Sky Airline, One Airlines and Aerocardal while being a focus city for Aerolineas Argentinas. It offers multiple scheduled international flights to Buenos Aires, Paris, London, New York and Madrid besides some flights to domestic destinations like Antofagasta and Arica. The airlines involved here are British Airways, Air France, Alitalia and LATAM. Places of Interest in Santiago
Santiago de Chile, or Santiago, is the capital of Chile. Its central location between two mountains (the Andes and the Cordillera) and the Pacific Ocean makes it a convenient base to further explorations in the country. The city is home to nearly 170 hotspots with an archaeological, architectural, historical or related worth. Some of the best sites here are related to Incan Empire like El Plomo and the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. An evening spent in the liveliest parts of the city- Plaza de Armas (the Parade Square) and Bellavista- would leave you with a lot to wonder.Barrio Bellavista (Bellavista Neighborhood)
Barrio Bellavista is a posh locality in Santiago. It is home to several grand mansions and art galleries, central to which is La Chascona (meaning a woman with tangled hairs). It was one of the three houses of the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and it is best known for a painting of his wife showing her long hairs. She is depicted as a two-faced beauty, one that the public knew and the other that the poet deeply loved.Catedral Metropolitana de Santiago (The Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago)
Cerro San Cristobal (San Cristobal Hill) The Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago is the seat of the Archbishop of Santiago. Built during 1748 and late 19th century, this Neoclassical cathedral is located in the city's historic centre and is best known for its magnificent altars, murals and old Spanish ceramic floor tiles. Inside it are kept the crypts of former bishops and archbishops.Cerro San Cristobal is a hill and the second highest point in the city. On its 300 metre high peak is situated a sanctuary with a 14 metre high statue of Immaculate Conception, which is lit up at night and is visible from the city below. This statue is flanked by a 22 meter high statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an amphitheatre and a chapel where Pope John Paul II blessed the city of on April 1, 1987.