Fly To Santiago, Chile
Santiago lies in one of the most picturesque spots of any city on earth, and despite its sometimes murky smogginess, this Chilean city has a lot of appeal. With a gutsy attitude that is both cultured and ambitious, Santiago offers a thriving culinary culture, a flourishing bohemian art scene and some fantastic outdoor adventures in the surrounding mountain landscapes.
Find the cheapest flights to Santiago by using the online ticket search above. Whether it’s a destination on its own, or the start of a larger South American adventure, you’ll be able to make all your flight arrangements with complete ease and simplicity.
Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do not need a Visa to visit Santiago, Chile, for up to 90 days. Just make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy to Chile is situated in Santiago. Torre San Ramon, Piso 17, Avenida 11 de Septiembre 2353, Providencia, Santiago. Phone: + 56 2 2820 0300. Website: www.embajada-sudafrica.cl.
See and do
Many of Santiago’s historic buildings, from its Spanish colonial past, have been lost to the earthquakes that affect the whole of Chile. The survivors are worth a visit, and include the Cathedral, Central Post Office and the Palacio de la Real Audiencia de Santiago, all of which border on the Plaza de Armas. The cast-iron-roofed Central Market is another architectural gem, and lies just a few blocks away from the square.
The exotic gardens and parks that dot Santiago are a great escape from the bustling metropolis, but if you really want to experience the outdoors, you’ll need to take a trip into the surrounding mountains. You can hike, climb, and ski here, or simply visit one of the outlying wineries for some viticultural relaxation.
Chilean wines are making a name for themselves all over the world as both affordable and flavourful alternatives to the traditional, old-world wines. Santiago’s wine regions are most famous for their Cabernets, so pack a bottle or two in your suitcase before you head home.
If you’d prefer a less consumable souvenir, head to one of Santiago’s handicrafts stores. The Centro Artesanal Santa Lucia is one the most affordable, but the centres in Bellavista have equally good, if pricier, stock. The Los Dominicos Handicraft Village also comes highly recommended, and you’ll find plenty of traditional basketry, woodwork and ceramics there.
Santiago has a good bus and metro system, but many travellers still prefer to hire a car here. If you do decide to use public transport, it’s best to buy a rechargeable card, especially if you’ll be there for more than a few days. The busses only accept these cards for payment, and they work on the trains as well. You’ll get free transfers between the two, which is an added convenience.
Santiago (Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez) International Airport – SCL
Food and beverage: Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks.
Currency Exchange: Afex Currency Exchange has outlets in the International Terminal, after security, as well as in the International Arrivals Area.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found in the airport itself to the SCL Help Desk, or call +56 2 690 1707.
Airport Hotels: Holiday Inn Express is located directly opposite the front entrance to the Santiago International Airport.
Car Hire: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Econorent, Europcar, Hertz, and Rosselot.
Airport Hub: Santiago International Airport (code SCL) is a hub for LAN Airlines, Sky Airline, and PAL Airlines.