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Santiago, Chile

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Overview

Santiago is the capital of the South American country of Chile. This city is actually one of the most metropolitan cities in all of South America, with many high-rise buildings and lots of shopping malls. Because of the wide range of things to do in Santiago, scheduling a pre- and/or post-cruise land package is popular among cruisers taking a cruise that departs from or ends in Santiago.

Santiago has the most modern transportation system in Latin America. The Santiago Metro is their underground system, and the (newer) Costanera Norte is their toll-based highway system.

The city of Santiago was founded in 1541 by the Spanish. The city was later destroyed (that same year) by native forces. Santiago did not start its real modernization period until the 1930s, as it was a small city prior to that.

The summers (November through March) in Santiago are dry and hot, with temperature as high as 95°F. Winters (June through September) are humid with cold mornings, with temperatures as high as 55°F. Snowfall can occur in select areas (usually those with high altitudes).

Cruise lines actually use the nearby major seaport in Valpariaso, Chile for the purpose of accessing Santiago. It's about a 90-minute drive between the two cities. Valparaiso is actually the home of the National Congress and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (because of its heritage, urban design and unique architecture).


Destinations
The following destinations can be visited on a cruise leaving from Santiago, Chile (via Valparaiso):
South America
World Cruises



Cruise Lines Departing Here

Via Valparaiso, Chile:
Carnival Cruise Lines
Celebrity Cruises
Crystal Cruises
Holland America Line
Norwegian Cruise Line
Oceania Cruises
Peter Deilmann Cruises
Princess Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Royal Caribbean
Seabourn Cruise Line
Silversea Cruises


Currency
The official currency of Chile is the peso (CLP). Using a credit card whenever possible is a great way to avoid having to exchange currency (which is actually hard to do in Chile, unless you find an exchange center). ATM machines are available, but make sure you use one that works with the card you're using.


Language
The official language of Chile is Spanish. Many locals will speak English in the main tourist areas. In Valparaiso you'll also find quite a few people speaking Portuguese.


Tourist Attractions
Plaza de Armas is the main public square in downtown Santiago. It's the heart of the city and is where many of the colonial buildings that remain in the city (such as their city hall and post office) are located.

Palacio de La Moneda (simply called La Moneda) is the workplace of the President of Chile, as well as some other high ranking government officials. This building is located in downtown Santiago's Civic District.

There are many museums in Santiago. Among them are Centro Cultural Palacio de La Moneda (the newest and largest cultural space in the city), the Museo Historico Nacional (the National History Museum) and the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (the Contemporary Art Museum of Santiago).


Like many other major metropolitan cities, there are many parks in Santiago. San Cristobal Hill is where you can find the Santiago Metropolitan Park Zoo.

Chile is famous for its wines. Not surprisingly, there are several vineyards in the Santiago area. For instance, there is Santa Rita, Santa Carolina and Concha y Toro.

With the majestic Andes Mountains located nearby, there are a few ski resorts in the area. Among them are Farellones, La Parva and Valle Nevado.

Viña del Mar, the fourth largest city in Chile, is located only about 6 miles north of Valparaiso. It's an upscale beach resort area located along the coast, and is a great place to shop and to enjoy the nightlife. Within this city are many parks, bars, restaurants and even a casino (which is the oldest casino in Chile). Reñaca Beach is one of the more popular beaches in this area.

Since Valparaiso is the home to the Chilean Navy, there is a Naval Maritime Museum located there. It's a nice option for those not looking to travel far out of the city while in Valparaiso.



Port Location
The cruise terminal is actually located in the (somewhat) nearby city of Valparaiso, Chile. It's about a 90-minute drive between Santiago and Valparaiso. The port in Valparaiso is within walking distance of town. Valparaiso is about 6 miles south of the resort city of Viña del Mar.

There will be taxis waiting at the pier, but it's recommended to purchase the transfer service provided by the cruise line. This is because taxis can be quite expensive between Santiago and Valparaiso.
 
Winter in Santiago
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Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas
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Palacio de La Moneda
Palacio de La Moneda
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Downtown Santiago
Downtown Santiago
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Contemporary Art Museum of Santiago
Contemporary Art Museum of Santiago
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Valparaiso's Seaport
Valparaiso's Seaport
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National Congress, in Valparaiso
National Congress, in Valparaiso
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Beach in Vina del Mar
Beach in Viña del Mar



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