With the constant backdrop of snow-draped Andean peaks beckoning you to the ski resorts, it’s all too easy to whizz through Santiago. That would be to do the capital an injustice. This multi-layered place of contrasting neighbourhoods, where colonial mansions sit among soaring skyscrapers and Latin and European cultures intertwine, really is worth getting to know.
The city has a tiny colonial heart, which conveys an often poignant history, which is then offset by the glittering malls, skyscrapers and shady boulevards of a modern forward-looking city. Eating out here is a real treat, with plenty of vibrant, villagey districts overflowing with great cafes and restaurants, along with all sorts of antique and artisan shops.
Indeed, Santiago is brimming with of life, with arts, nightlife, and restaurant scenes that have never been better, making this thriving and sophisticated metropolis the civic, cultural, and historical nucleus of Chile.
Linger and enjoy it - all the while gazing up at the snow-dusted peaks of Andes and dreaming of things to come. Or, have been.