Experience wonderful arts, passionate people, excellent wines and colourful buildings in these beautiful, cultural cities.
A clash of sophistication and eclectic art have made Santiago one of the most exciting cities in South America. It is not unusual to experience free outdoor exhibitions and live dramatic performances, especially around the Plaza de Armas (main square). The murals that cover the walls have been painted by world famous street artists, and injected more than colour into this vivacious capital. The people of Santiago are energetic with a passion for history, which is reflected in the many excellent museums found in the city. Taste the atmosphere for yourself in the lively Barrio Bellavista district, which is full of vibrant bars and chic restaurants. As with all major cities, Santiago is not lacking in choice of luxury hotels, and some of the best boutique hotels in Chile can be found here. Further afield, Santiago is surrounded by snowy mountains, in the foothills of which sit the highly respected vineyards of the central valley wine region. World class wineries are open for visitors to taste the full bodied reds and flavoursome whites in a tranquil and idyllic setting – indeed taking a day trip out to experience this is one of the most popular day trips from the city. Just a couple of hours further out of Santiago lies the coastal city of Valparaiso. Colourful buildings appear to be piled upon one another on the steep cliffs, and a walk through this enticing maze of cobbled alleyways will reveal a cultural explosion. There are many international street artists that call this interesting city home, and their presence doesn’t go unnoticed – a large majority of the streets are decorated with highly skilled, multi-coloured murals. Nearby, there are beaches to relax on where tourists and locals alike can take advantage of the year-round warm weather. The perfect way to experience this little sea side gem is to stay in a luxury hotel on the hillside, from which you can drink in the view over the bay.