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Article Updated April 2016


Santiago’s proximity to mountains, countryside, vineyards and beaches makes it a perfect place to set up your base. From the city, you can travel by car, bus, taxi or train to any number of day trips. If you need to get out of the city and take in some clean, fresh air… read on. We’ve collated our articles on day trips, so that you can peruse them at ease, so get planning!

Skiing

Santiago has multiple skiing and snowboarding destinations on offer, most all able to be reached, enjoyed and returned from in just one day.

 

La Parva ski center just outside of Santiago, Chile

La Parva slopes outside of Santiago, Chile

Wineries

Travel by Metro to Viña Concha y Toro, one of the most popular wineries near the city. If you want to try something a little less well known, visit Viña Aquitania and Viña Cousiño Macul by Metro as well, or Viña Undurraga by bus, or by car. Or head to Casablanca for a variety of coastal wineries to choose from!

Casas del Bosque Winery in Casablanca Valley just outside Santiago

Casas del Bosque Winery in Casablanca Valley just outside Santiago

Pottery

Drop into nearby Pomaire – it’s got loads to see all on its own, and is a good place to stop in before or after your winery visit. Massive empanadas, too!

The Pacific Coast

Valpo, Valpo! It’s actually Valparaíso, Chileans love to shorten everything, so they say Valpo! This little seaside city is always, always worth a visit. You can visit Valparaíso in a day, if that’s all you have, but be nice and give yourself several… The houses, the food, the colours, the views, the museums… stay, take a break. Viña del Mar is just up the road, it has a big beach, and good food as well.

If you’re completely in love with the sand and ocean, why not venture to other beachy locations? Visit Zapallar and Cachagua, both are able to be seen in one day, though you’ll not want to leave. If you have a day free you can drive the scenic coastal route to Concón and back!

Cachagua Beach, Chile

Cachagua Beach, Chile

Animals

Love the zoo? Me too! Take a drive out to Buin Zoo – it’s better than the Santiago Zoo and you get to check out some more of the city on the way.

 

Lions at Buin Zoo, Santiago, Chile

Lions at Buin Zoo, Santiago, Chile

 

If you need some help getting around, you can visit our pages on Bus Travel, Hiring a Car and using the Metro system. Companies like Turistik also offer tour options.

There are some hikes near Santiago but are mostly longer than a day’s duration. Also, if you’re around for the 8th of December, consider following the Feast of the Immaculate Conception pilgrimage!

Read our article of Top 10 Things to Pack for Santiago, Chile for more good information, and if you’re ready to travel further, see all things to do in Chile.

 

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