There are plenty of options for travelers visiting Chile on places to stay, eat, shop, play and relax but we thought it might be helpful to feature a Best of Chile to highlight all of these activities. We are always searching for great information so that you can have a memorable experience during your stay in Chile. Please be sure to drop us a note if you have any recommendations that aren’t on our website.
Hotels in Chile
Accommodations in Chile range from luxurious hotels to comfortable residences or hostels which can be comfy like a bed and breakfast or a simple hotel style. Santiago has several 5 star hotels which are mostly in Vitacura, Las Condes and Providencia which is also where most newer hotels can be found. There are also some wonderful places to stay outside of the city so be sure to check those out if you are planning on traveling around Chile.
Room rates can be pricey, however, you’ll find price reductions during off season and for longer stays. It’s a good idea to reserve rooms during peak seasons (January, February, July and August).
There is a high sales tax (19% appx.) associated with the room charges but many hotels will eliminate this charge if you pay in US dollars or with an overseas credit card.
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Restaurants in Chile
Since Chile is a country stretched over a vast variety of landscapes, the flavors of cuisine vary in every region. One of the main allures of Chilean food is the wide assortment of seafood varieties, and it is no wonder, given the vast coastline and islands that make up this lengthy country. Favorite seafood dishes you may find at a restaurant include shellfish, king crab, lobster, calamari, octopus, sea urchin, salmon, sea bass, eel, and abalone crabs.
Much of the food has remained traditional as well as continuously evolved and adapted to the variety of immigrants and combined cultures.
Santiago, the capital city, is a mecca for some of the best and most varied restaurants in Chile. From upscale to the most casual, you’ll find food to match every taste. You may be surprised to notice how many sushi restaurants there are in the city; vegetarian food is also very popular and the easiest to find in Santiago versus those in other parts of the country. Because of the wide range of immigration from different parts of the world, it is difficult to define classic Chilean food in some parts of the country, especially in larger cities such as Santiago.
Chilean food is a very important part of the Chilean culture. From Arica in the northern part of the country to Punta Arenas, one of the southernmost cities in the world, visitors are sure to find that a meal in Chile will only enhance their visit.
The “Best of Restaurants” include a variety of cuisines, decor and budgets.
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Nightlife in Chile
Santiago has been buzzing with increasingly chic and sophisticated bars and clubs. While it may not be Buenos Aires or Rio de Janeiro, nightlife has picked up in the city. Dance clubs are usually start to get busy at 1am and usually stay open until 4 or 5am.
Weekends usually commence with dinner beginning at 9 or 10pm and then a drink at a bar or pub.
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Spas in Chile
Relax and treat yourself to a destination spa. There are many wonderful premier spas in Chile with all types of relaxation therapies, facial and body treatments. – even wine therapies!. Some of these spas are part of a hotel but many are boutique.
What better way to unwind and indulge during your stay in Chile.
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Shopping in Chile
The Vitacura neighborhood in Santiago is without a doubt, the destination for upscale shopping. Streets lined with designer boutiques where you’ll see the most expensive cars out front.. Avendia Alsonso de Cordova is Santiago’s equivalent of New York’s 5th Avenue, or Los Angeles Rodeo Drive minus the crowds. Here you’ll see designer names like Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Emporio Armani (just to mention a few).. Other shops can be on nearby Avenida Vitacura and Avenida Nueva Costanera.
Providencia, another popular section of Santiago, is popular for shopping as well. Smaller and less luxurious shops and boutiques can be found in Providencia. Avenida Providencia slices through the neighborhood, branching off for several blocks into the parallel Avenida 11 de Septiembre. The shops continue east to Avenida El Bosque Norte which eventually leads into the Las Condes neighborhood.
The 3 best malls in Santiago are ‘Mall Parque Arauco, ‘Alto Las Condes’ and the recently opened ‘Mall Costanera” which resides in the tallest buiding in Souther America.. All of the shopping malls are open, modern and large and have state of the art theaters along with a good selection of restaurants and shops.
Bellavista, the bohemian section of Santiago, is a fun area to shop.. there are many small boutiques and nearby markets.
Shops in the city are open during weekdays generally from 10am-7pm with shorter hours on the weekends. The malls are usually open from 10am-10pm.
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Fitness Centers in Chile
Santiago has some amazing gyms – so for those of you looking for luxury and getting pampered at a gym that has everything from massage therapies, heated pools, to waterfalls (that massage you), we’ve got the list.
These gyms also have great classes with modern techniques, state of the art equipment, beautiful pools, stores, saunas, cafés, etc. They are mostly referred to as complete wellness centers. These facilities don’t come cheap – expect to pay $80-$200, and most of them are located in Las Condes, Vitacura and Lo Barnechea.
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