INFORMATION: SANTIAGO - CHILE
Santiago, the Chilean capital city.
The view over the Chilean capital of Santiago
after a rainy day is overwhelming, with the imposing Andes mountains rising
majestically to the East. Santiago is situated in a fertile valley with
a pleasant Mediterranean climate, which has led to the emergence of a
modern, cosmopolitan city, full of life throughout the year.
Santiago, founded on February 12, 1541 by the Spanish conqueror Pedro
de Valdivia, is the fifth largest city in South America and one of the
most beautifully set of any. The city is crossed from E to W by the Río
Mapocho, spanned by several bridges.
Santiago dominates Chile in almost every aspect. It is the country's administrative
capital and its true political capital, even though the Congress now sits
in Valparaíso, the main Chilean seaport in the Pacific Ocean. Santiago
is the main centre of finance, industry, culture and communications, and
almost no aspect of Chilean life escapes the grip of its big capital city.
You don't have to go far from the capital to find adventure: there's rafting
on the Maipo river, mountaineering, trekking and horseback riding in the
central Andes, hanggliding or parapente, all within a few hours of Santiago.
Between June and September, skiers from around the world are drawn to
the ski resorts perched high above the city.
Useful information about Santiago.
543 metres above the sea.
A Mediterranean climate characterizes Central Chile, where Santiago
lies, with pronounced seasonal differences: heavier rainfall in the
cooler months from May to August, and sunshine the rest of the year.
All international flights arrive at Santiago's modern, comfortable Arturo
Merino Benitez airport, located 30 minutes from downtown.
Underground railway [METRO]:
Santiago's subway inaugurated in 1975 is one of the most pleasant mass
transit systems in the world. There are four lines in operation.
No passenger trains exist to Northen Chile. All South-bound trains leave
from Estación Central at Alameda avenue (gett off the subway
at "Estacion Central" station, Line 1) and take to Temuco city only.
Santiago has 4 main terminal stations:
* TERMINAL ESTACION CENTRAL: Av. Bernardo O'Higgins #3850 - "Universidad de Santiago" Metro station (line 1)
* TERMINAL ALAMEDA "TURBUS": Av. Bernardo O'Higgins #3750 - "Universidad de Santiago" Metro station (line 1). Tel:(02) 2270 7425
* TERMINAL ALAMEDA "Pullman Bus": Av. Bernardo O'Higgins #3750 - "Universidad de Santiago" Metro station (line 1)
* SAN BORJA: San Borja #235 - "Estación Central" Metro station (line 1) - Tel: (02) 2776 0645
TERRAPUERTO LOS HEROES:Tucapel Jimenez #21 - "La Moneda" Metro station (line 1) - Tel.:(02) 2423 953
Today all highways to and from Santiago (for example, to Valparaiso)
are high speed Toll Highways; even many highways connecting different
sections of the main city are toll highways running at 80km/hr thus
permitting, for instance, that the time to get from the international
airport to Las Condes is about 25 minutes during non peak hours.