Santiago is Chile’s capital and is located in the country’s central valley. Its cityscape is shaped by several stand-alone hills and the Mapocho River, lined by different parks. Known as a cosmopolitan city it offers a variety of attractions and highlights including shopping, restaurants, five star hotels and many excursions. In addition, because of its location between the Chilean Costal Range and the Andes Mountains, Santiago is just a few hours away from snowcapped mountains, roaming vineyards or warm sunshiny beaches.
Similarly, only a short drive away are also the well-known cities of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso. Viña del Mar, also known as the garden city is a Chilean seaside town with fascinating natural beauty, cuisine and lifestyle. The port city of Valparaíso was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is famous for its colorful hills and neighborhoods.
The La Campana National Park is also a privileged highlight, as it boasts one of the last remaining forests containing the endangered Chilean Wine Palms. It is ideal for hiking with breathtaking views and beautiful landscapes. Covering 80 square kilometers (31 sq. mi) it is also home to the Cerro La Campana, which in 1834 Charles Darwin climbed during the second voyage of HMS Beagle. Central Chile is the perfect starting location when venturing to South America. It offers the best of both worlds not only with its ideal location but it is also the perfect mix between colonial and modern. The city is truly the cultural, political and financial center of Chile.