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What should I know before visiting Santiago?
Chileans speak a unique version of Spanish
Visitors holidaying on flights to Santiago may come across a different form of Spanish than they learned in high school. That’s because there’s a unique Chilean dialect that uses some different words compared to Spain and other Latin American countries. Much of the dialect has roots in Chile’s various indigeous languages. Some words you’re likely to come across while holidaying on cheap flights to Santiago include huevón (used to mean both “hi” and “ok”), cachai (“do you understand?”), and lucas (which refers to 1,000 pesos).
Chile is the longest country in the world
Chile is a staggering 4,270 kilometres (2,653 miles) long and only 177 kilometres (110 miles) across at its widest point. The result is a diverse range of landscapes for you to discover when you book airfare to Santiago, the Chilean capital city. You’ll find the Atacama Desert in the north, Patagonia Ice Field in the south, plus the peaks of the Andes mountains as you travel throughout Chile.
Be mindful of altitude sickness
Santiago only has an altitude of 570 metres (1,870 feet) above sea level. However, there are some dramatic elevations around Chile that can cause altitude sickness. Prevent altitude sickness by increasing elevation slowly, drinking a lot of water, and limiting your alcohol intake after arriving into Arturo Merino Benítez Airport (SCL).
What are the best things to do in Santiago?
Wanting to see the city from above while holidaying on return flights to Santiago? Sky Costanera inside the Great Santiago Tower is one of the best places to go. Sky Costanera is an impressive 300 metres (985 feet) above the ground, making it the tallest observation deck in Latin America. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows wrap around Sky Costanera, offering 360° views over Santiago and the surrounding mountains. You’ll enjoy the best views if you travel to Chile on flights to Santiago between June and August, as there is less smog on sunny winter days.
La Moneda Palace
La Moneda is Chile’s presidential palace and the country’s official government seat. It’s the perfect place to gain insight into Chile’s political history while visiting on cheap flights to Santiago. The palace was originally designed as a coin mint, but was requisitioned by the government in 1845. La Moneda was also the site of an infamous bombing during a military coup in 1973. Tour the palace in between return flights to Santiago to learn about this event and see landmarks like Patio de los Naranjos, the Red and Blue Rooms, the Presidential Dining Room, and a gallery displaying Chilean art.
Cajon del Maipo
There are countless national parks to discover while visiting Chile on flights to Santiago. Cajon del Maipo is a beautiful spot just 40 kilometres (25 miles) southeast of the city centre and is popular among locals who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Santiago. The national park is home to the Maipo River and a dramatic canyon that surrounds it. Cajon del Maipo offers adventurous activities like white water rafting, rock climbing, and hiking trails. Landmarks to have on your radar at Cajon del Maipo include El Morado Glacier, San Jose volcano, and Baños Morales hot springs.
When is the best time to visit Santiago?
There are things to look forward to no matter what time of year you book tickets to Santiago. Summer is the most popular time to book flights into Arturo Merino Benítez Airport (SCL), with warm temperatures of about 30°C and little to no rain. The city gets hot, but temperatures are a bit cooler in nearby mountains and coastal towns. This is also the busiest season for tourists to book return flights to Santiago, so lock in your hotel early for the best price.
Autumn and spring are great times to book tickets to Santiago. You’ll get to enjoy warm weather but without the summer crowds. Daytime temperatures typically fall between 20° to 25°C and dip down to 4° to 7°C at night. Consider booking airfare to Santiago in autumn if you’re a fan of wine, as harvest festivals pop up at vineyards around Santiago.
Winter in Santiago is cold, but it’s the perfect time for ski-enthusiasts to book cheap flights to Santiago. The Chilean capital is located near several ski resorts in the Andes. Daytime temperatures average about 16°C in the city, so you can still get out and explore comfortably. Temperatures are chillier in the mountains, with daytime temperatures of about 7°C. Regular snowfall is common outside the city, leading to perfect ski conditions for visitors holidaying on flights to Santiago.