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Santiago

Culture on the Far Side of the World

The area around Santiago was settled by indigenous people centuries before the arrival of the Spanish, but it was the Conquistadors who laid down the foundations of the city in the 1500s. They build Santiago on a grid, following a master plan, which was certainly innovative for the age. The Plaza de Armas, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Governor’s House all survive from this period.

You’ll certainly want to explore Santiago’s architectural heritage, but as there are 174 monuments in the custody of the National Monuments Council, it might take you a little while! Three of these monuments - the Sanctuary of Cerro El Plomo, La Moneda Palace, and the Church of San Francisco - have all been proposed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Climbing to the top of San Cristóbal Hill you’ll have the best views of Santiago, and will also see up close the giant white Statue of the Virgin Mary which is the symbol of the city.
 
Santiago has a thriving cultural scene, with numerous museums, galleries, and theatres. The Municipal Theatre of Santiago is renowned for its performances of ballet, and the Estación Mapocho has been converted from a railway station into a centre for the arts.
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Accommodation:
The Singular Santiago

The Singular Santiago is an urban boutique hotel in the very centre of the lively Chilean capital. The outside of the building has a definite grandeur and an almost palace-like feel. But once you enter, it’s clear every effort has been made to make you feel both relaxed and comfortable.

Accommodation:
Hotel Luciano K

Hotel Luciano K is the very best that Santiago has to offer; your stay here will not disappoint. This very stylish boutique hotel blends period and art deco design. The rooms are fabulous and the location in the city’s Lastarria area is ideal.

Accommodation:
Lastarria Boutique Hotel

Built in the 1920s in a fashionable neighbourhood of Santiago, the Lastarria Boutique Hotel was once one of the city’s elaborate hillside mansions. Its refined architectural style and art deco interior ooze the charm and sophistication typical of the era.