Santiago is ranking among the top South American cities in matters of quality-of-life. The New York Times described it as a premier travel destination, thanks to its growing cultural life, new infrastructure dedicated to the arts, and first-class hotel options.
The variety and diversity offered by Santiago can be felt in its various neighborhoods. Exploring them is the best way of getting to know the city and its streets. In the neighborhoods of Lastarria, Italia, and the bohemian Bellavista, there is an array of restaurants, design shops, bars and cafés, creating a truly vibrant experience. Just a few kilometers from Santiago, you’ll find ski centers, vineyards, and the cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, which make up the most important coastal urban network in Chile’s central zone. The capital was the birthplace of the country’s first vineyards, and visits to wineries make for fun, quick and easy excursions. The wine routes in the Maipo, Casablanca and Colchagua valleys offer daily visiting schedules, tastings, wine shops and excellent restaurants. In the winter, the ski centers – including Valle Nevado, La Parva, Portillo, El Colorado and Farellones – fill with powder and attract visitors who come to Chile to ski its famed runs.
With temperatures reaching up to 35 °C (95 °F) on the hottest days; winters (June to August) are cool and humid, with cool to cold mornings; typical daily maximum temperatures of 14 °C (57 °F), and low temperatures near 0 °C (32 °F).