The capital of Chile, Santiago, is a bustling cosmopolitan city. At 1,800 feet above sea level and bordered by the Andes to the east, few world capitals have a more dramatic setting. First settled in 1541 by the Spanish, Santiago has grown into a prosperous metropolis with an interesting blend of Colonial and Modern architecture.
Visitors to this city should be sure to go to the San Cristobal and Santa Lucia hills for exceptional views of Santiago. Forestal and O'Higgins parks provide relaxing breaks from the bustle of the city and there are many museums, churches, plazas and shops for those interested.
Located in the extreme southwest of South America, Chile is a country of great beauty and diversity. From the Atacama Desert in the north to the lush fertile valley of central Chile, the natural wonders of this country welcome visitors from the world over. The snowcapped Andes mountains attract skiers between June and September and Vina del Mar is crowded with beachgoers during the Chilean summers.