Article updated March, 2016
During the summer in Santiago with highs up to 99°F, (37°C), visitors and residents alike search for ways to beat the heat in Santiago. Here are my Top 10 ways to cool off on those hot days!
1. Eat some helado!
Helado (ice cream) is a great way to cool off, and if you choose one of the fruit ice varieties it won’t add too much to your waistline. Do sample a few before you choose as there’s so many tasty options out there!
2. Go shopping!
Santiago has many shopping options where you can cool off while you outfit yourself in some new cool summer clothes. Most of the malls have movie theaters and some have play areas with video games and more, air conditioned fun for all ages!
3. Go swimming!
Santiago has several outdoor pools: Piscina Antilen gets better reviews, especially for its view of the city. You can pay a daily fee to visit. Some hotels also offer this option, especially if you visit their day spa. If you’ve been wanting to check out that new pool at a fancy hotel, now is the time.
4. Take the Metro!
Line 1 now has 14 air conditioned cars, with more planned starting in 2015-6 and next up are Lines 2 & 5. You may have to wait for one but they’re a lovely change from the usual sweaty ride!
5. Get outside!
This may seem counter-intuitive, but since many Santiago apartments don’t have air conditioning, why not hang out in one of the city’s many parks. They are filled with trees and you can lounge in the shade enjoying the breeze. Even better, pick up some local fruit and some chilled white wine and have a refreshing picnic while you lounge!
6. Get a drink!
Pop inside one of the many bars, pubs or cafés and have a cold drink, there are so many options you can’t go wrong! Try a terremoto, pisco sour, local microbrew or a cool Chilean white wine!
7. Take a vacation!
Do what the locals do, and travel! The city is often empty during the summer months as many city residents go on summer vacation, to the beach, to the mountains… Always wanted to check out Pucon, Puerto Montt or other points south? Now is the time! And really, what is cooler than hiking on a glacier?
8. Get some culture!
Go inside one of the many museums and enjoy the cool buildings as you learn about Chilean culture.
9. Work out!
Yes, that’s right, exercise. But go to the gym, most are air-conditioned so you can exercise without overheating, and take a cool shower when you’re done so you feel refreshed when you head back outside.
10. Go out to eat!
Note: This article was accurate when published. Please be sure to confirm all details directly with the sites in question before planning your trip.
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