From vast grasslands to mysterious statues and what not, Chile can surely be someone’s choice for spending a vacation either with friends or family or just on your own. But here we are going to talk about the places which are close to Santiago and are easily approachable from the main city. We are going to talk about places which can be your Best Weekend Getaways from Santiago after your busy schedule gets over.
For an introduction, Santiago is the capital of Chile and the largest city in the country and has one of the most beautiful architectures and history to ponder about. If you are working in Santiago and still haven’t explored the places around then you must try few places. And how are we going to help you? Well, we shall provide a rough idea of the possible places that you can start even if its weekend and it would be perfect if you take a long vacation and enjoy these places as you won’t ever get enough of it.
People obsessed with vines!! This place is going to be heaven for you especially. Do you want to stay away from city hustle and enjoy peace? Mendoza can be called as the best answer to this question and you shall know why while you read all of it. This is famous for malbecs and red vines. They also offer vines tasting and has got a large number of vineyards. This is a perfect place which you would want to drive to and enjoy all the beautiful sceneries It is located at 216 km (134.2 miles) from Santiago.
Provincial Aconcagua Park is one among them as it has the largest mountain in the western hemisphere. If you aren’t scared of heights or even if you are (like me!), in either case, you should try to spend a day or two here and this place will provide exciting adventure you are looking for. Apart from just adventure, Mendoza has historic beauty too which includes Minas de Paramillos (Paramillos mines).
If you are history freak or adventurer, try this place as you get the chance to go inside these mines which were used by early adventurers to make them known if they ever found something new here. As mentioned above this place is known for its vines, how you would end up without taking a look at vineyards. Yes, you are allowed to have a bike ride in the vineyards provided no damage is done to the property. It’s a perfect weekend destination to be spent with family or friends or someone special you know.Now the necessary details:
Distance from Santiago: 134.2 miles (5 hours 10 minutes by road)
Best time to go: September-October
Places to stay: Luminoso, comodo y ubicado, Bohemia Hotel Boutique, Habitacion Privadacama double, Banocompartido
2. Val Paraiso
This city might not have something unusual to visit,but this city is unique in itself. It is located at 116 km (72.07 miles) away from Santiago. Its market, cute cafes, churches, roads, ancient architecture,and walls decorated with graffiti. The best is to go to Plaza el Descanso on Cerro Concepcion.
This is the place where people gather to drink, play, and dance and watch artists performing on streets. This place is covered with hearts and would make you remember Senorita song of the movie- Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. If you really want to enjoy the beauty of this place,it’s advisable just to walk as much as you can or take a bicycle ride and enjoy brunch, dinner, snacks along the roadside cafes.
Best time to go to Valparaisoin October when a festival Mil Tambores is organized. This is the festival to mark the transition from spring to winter,and you shall be lucky to witness all the awesome performances and enjoyment there.
Distance from Santiago: 72.07 miles (1 hour 25 minutes by road)
Best time to go: September-October
Places to stay: Hotel D&B Suites, Hotel Empresarial
1. San Rafael
San Rafael is located at 180 miles from Santiago and offers all the type of attractions depending on the taste of tourist. Many bedtime stories that we hear of are originated from this place so you can call it a land of tales (it’s not official, I am just naming it that way!!).
The whole region or city you can call it, is fabulous to go to but one major attraction is Los Pinguinos Natural Monument which is the home for more than 1, 20,000 Magellanic penguins and if visited in October or November you can find many of them as they come here to mate with their partner and go back to sea by the end of March.
Another unique place to visit there is Chloe churches which have their own story to tell. It is a group of islands which is famous for churches of a unique style called chilota. They are all made of wood,and many of them got deteriorated, but still, there are many which gathering tourist’s attraction.
Distance from Santiago: 180.2 miles (5 hours 12 minutes by road)
Best time to go: September-March
Places to stay: Amukan Guest House, El chalet Hostel House, Tierrasoles Hostel, Antonieta hostel
There is much more to the places that are near Santiago or the main city itself. This is just a brief discussion of the places which can be thought as the option of exploring. Obviously! When you reach the place, you shall find these amazement’s, and your experience will also be added to the galaxy,and you shall definitely get one more adventure or experience or whatever you want to call it, to be added to your diary. Other destinations regarding different places according to budget and time constraint shall also be added. Have a very happy weekend. Stay tuned!