Santiago is the capital city of Chile the central region of the country, located about 500 m above sea level. The city's climate is cool and half-arid. The temperatures are moving close to 30 C in summer and are about 10 C in winter (from May to August). Rain falls mainly during these months. The city's location between the Andes mountains and the Pacific Ocean makes it possible to be skiing in the morning and laze on the beach later the same day. Santiago is a very modern city for South American. In addition to numerous old buildings, the area has the tallest building in Latin America, recognizable skylines, numerous shopping centers, universities and a modern public transport network. The city also has a number of good parks. Just outside the city are great mountaineering opportunities and Chile's famous vineyards.
Monthly Weather Conditions
More information: Santiago forecast and weather conditions monthly
Compared to prices worldwide, Santiago is an average price destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $48.49, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $162.08, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $51.24
- Hotel (3 stars): $76.86
- Hotel (4 stars): $116.48
- Hotel (5 stars): $235.98
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $6.38
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $12.35
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $3.52
- Meal, McDonalds: $5.63
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $7.05
Santiago has been classified as fairly safe with security classification 3/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 48.6 (a little weaker than United states average 49.0)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 71.3 (a little better than United states average 70.2)
- Walking alone at night: 38.0 (weaker than United states average 41.1)
More information: Santiago safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: An international driving license is generally recommended, but not necessarily required.
- Direction of traffic: In South America the traffic is right-handed. The only exceptions to this are Guyana and Suriname.
- Age restrictions: In Argentina the age limit for driving is 21 years.
- Roads, bridges and tunnels with toll: Geography of toll roads North and South America