The capital city of Chile, Santiago is a huge metropolis buzzing with life. While modern in many ways, the city has managed to retain its olden day charm and rich culture. With a long list of great attractions, seemingly endless opportunities for experiencing fine dining, nightlife and dancing, your rental car will give you the freedom to see it all and not miss a thing!
The heart of Santiago is Plaza de Armas, the main square of the city. Dating back to the 1540s, the square always seems to be buzzing with activity, and is surrounded by some great sites and historic buildings. Park your rental car near the city centre, and set off to explore the square and nearby streets, and be sure to visit the city's main cathedral, which was built in the 18th century and is found right beside the square.
With a colourful mixture of nationalities making up the population, Santiago has a great variety of cultures and styles, a feature which has existed from early times. Not far from Plaza de Armas you can visit the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, a favourite attraction for visitors to the city and locals alike. With a great number of collections the museum displays art from over 80 civilisations, with some items dating back over 4,500 years.
For a spectacular view of Santiago, jump in your rental car and head north of the city to Cerro San Cristobal, a great hill, and also the largest area of parkland in the city. From here you will get a spectacular view of the city below, and you can also see the famous statue of the Virgin Mary, as well as the city zoo, which contains lots of rare Chilean animals.
With the amazing Andes mountain range located just to the east of the city, Santiago is the perfect base for exploring this towering part of the world. Simply jump in your hire car and set off to tour the mountains, with winding roads taking you high above the world below!
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