I’m really excited to interview Steph Dyson of Worldly Adventurer about Santiago, Chile. Steph’s tips for the best things to do in Santiago are awesome because she visited for a weekend and ending up staying for three years. She fell in love with the city and now shares her insider knowledge of Chile in her book, Moon Chile: With Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Her favorite this is how underappreciated Santiago is by many tourists and travel writers.

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Best things to do in Santiago Chile Steph Dyson Museo de la Memoria
Museo de la Memoria

Santiago, Chile

Santiago is the capital and largest city in Chile. It is known as the safest city in Latin America (The Economist). Spanish is the official language of Chile, although you may hear other languages and dialects. The city’s diversity can be experienced while meandering through its many contrasting neighborhoods, including lively Latino nightlife in Bellavista. Don’t forget to explore the hills that surround the city for incredible views of the city and the Andes mountains in the background.

The city has a Mediterranean climate, which means mild winters and very hot summers. Most locals escape the city in January and February when temperatures peak around 95* F, so this is a great time to visit when the city is at its quietest. Remember, that Santiago is in the Southern Hemisphere, so summer is December through March. Visitors will find numerous festivals throughout the year, including the a Mil International Theater Festival, Tirana Festival, Fiesta Patria (Independence Day), and Festival Coreógrafos (classical dance and music).

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Chile Travel, the country’s convention & visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Santiago Chile Steph Dyson Mercado Central
Mercado Central, a fish market dating back to the late-1800s

Getting around Santiago

The local airport is Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport (SCL), which is about a 15-minute drive to the city center. Steph recommends renting a van from the airport to the city. A few of her favorite tour and transfer vans are Miles and Smiles, TransVIP, and Delfos. She estimates a shared van ride is $10 per person.

Steph strongly suggests that you don’t rent a car while in Santiago. Traffic is awful and the unpredictability of local drivers can take some getting used to. Instead, Steph suggests using the local metro to get around or getting a taxi. The metro is fast, efficient, and very cheap at around $0.50 per ride.

Using Uber and other ride-sharing services is up in the air in Chile, so it is best to use a taxi instead.

If you must rent a car, click here for the best offers from Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Best things to do in Santiago Chile Steph Dyson Skiing at Valle Nevado
Steph skiing at Valle Nevado

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Steph Dyson about Santiago, Chile. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Santiago, Chile
  • Green dots = best things to do in Santiago, Chile
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Santiago, Chile

Who is Steph Dyson?

Steph Dyson is an SEO copywriter & strategist, travel journalist & blogger with expertise in South America. She’s originally from Britain and moved Santiago for three years after falling in love with the city during a weekend trip. You can find her travel articles on her site Worldly Adventurer and freelance articles around the internet.

You can find her in-depth knowledge of Chile in her book, Moon Chile: With Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

Best things to do in Santiago Chile Steph Dyson at Patagonia
Steph at Patagonia

Here are a few articles that she’s written:

You can connect with Steph at her website and on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Best things to do in Santiago Chile Steph Dyson Museo Chilena de Arte Precolombino
Museo Chilena de Arte Precolombino

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