This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Santiago. To help you make friends with Santiago before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Santiago is the capitol of Chile and its largest city. It's set approximately in the middle of this long and narrow country. It doesn’t have the glitz and drama of Buenos Aires, but it has its own kind of charm for the traveler who chooses to stay in a Santiago hostel.
On a clear day, Santiago is spectacular – ringed by the snow-capped Andes and a smaller coastal mountain range, the combination of vivid blue sky and natural scenery can take your breath away. However, clear days are unfortunately hard to come by, as Santiago’s smog problem is notoriously bad. Most of the time a blanket of haze covers the city and the mountains are nowhere to be seen.
While staying in a Santiago hostel you'll discover that despite its flaws it is a really lovely city. From the upscale and glamorous neighborhood of Bellevista, to the bohemian charms of Barrio Brasil, its varied neighborhoods have something for every taste and budget. As befits a capitol city, an impressive array of museums and art galleries entice the culture seekers, and the many open green spaces and parks give the outdoor aficionado a breath of countryside in the middle of the urban jungle. Hedonists delight in the multitude of gourmet restaurants, cafes, and clubs to taste and explore. 500 years of civic history mean that the history buffs won’t be disappointed either.
Most Santiago hostels are located in Barrio Brasil or the Centro, both neighborhoods are within easy reach of metro stations and bus terminals. Breakfast isn’t always included in the room rate, but it is usually offered for an extra charge.
Written by local enthusiast for Santiago hostelscanuckatlarge