Santiago de Chile cityscape 16 Nov 2016
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Atmospheric Santiago de Chile, set against a stunning Andean mountain backdrop, is one of the most alluring South American capitals. It is Chile’s largest city, as well as its cultural, political and financial centre. While air pollution is a constant problem here, it remains an extremely attractive city, with friendly people and a kind climate characterised by warm, dry summers and cool winters.
Top spots to visit in Santiago de Chile include the Palacio de la Moneda (the old mint and home to Chile’s presidents, blasted in Pinochet’s military coup of 1973, and the current seat of government); Cerro Santa Lucía (the spot from which Pedro de Valdivia – conqueror and governor of Chile – decided to found the city); the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Chile’s main art gallery); and Mercado Central (Santiago’s bustling market with an elegant interior and exterior).
Visit this captivating Chilean city on Insight Guides’ Argentina and Chile – Wine Country Explored trip.