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Santiago is the biggest city of Chile which is a small country in South America. It serves as its Capital city also. Lying in central valley of Chile, Santiago is a city that lies at a height of 520 m above sea level.
Santiago has become one the biggest metropolitan city in Latin America, thanks to its economic growth in the past two decades. The city’s infrastructure and facilities are on par with any modern developed city in the world today. It also has a highly developed suburban area.
Santiago is filled with malls where you can find various small shops selling various local and international items. Plaza Vespucio, Portal de La Dehesa, Alto Las Condes, Florida Center etc. are some prominent of this city. If you are looking for some high-end luxury shopping places then Nueva Costanera Av. And Alonso de Cordoba Street is great places to find some designer items. Centro Artesanal Santa Lucia is a good place to shop for handicrafts in Santiago.
People in Santiago love to eat and socialize. Thus, there are many restaurants all over this city. You can try the Anakena that lies in Hyatt Regency Hotel, Aqu
Santiago has total population of more than 15,000,000 which comprises of White-Amerindians and Amerindians among other ethnic groups. Whites Amerindian is in majority and make up of more than 95% of the population. People in this city are mostly Roman Catholics with Jewish and Protestants in small minorities.
Most people in Santiago speak Spanish. Santiago has a fun loving and colorful culture. Cueca is the main dance of the country and is widely performed in the city festivals and parties. Santiago has quite a happening cultural scene. There are many theatre groups and clubs which enjoy a large fan following in the city. People in beautiful city love their culture and history which is apparent in various museums all around in Santiago.
Santiago lies in a valley that is shaped like a bowl. This city lies in a large fertile area that is predominantly plain. The city is surrounded by Andes mountain ranges in east. These mighty mountains also have a Volcano peak known as Tupungato. Maipo, San Jose and Tupungatito are other volcanoes lying near Santiago.
As far as the climate of this city is concerned, then we can call it Mild Mediterranean. This makes the summers in the city moderate with temperature rising up to 35 degrees C. Summer months are between November and March in this city.
Winters months are from June to August and climate remains humid and cold during this period. The maximum temperature during winters in Santiago is 15 degrees C and it may even fall below 0 degrees C. Most of the rainfall in the city occurs during winter months only.
Santiago is extremely important for Chile as it is the financial and industrial hub of the country. It makes around 45% of the total GDP of Chile. The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean has also set their offices in this city.
Years if growth and economic stability combined with steady in flow of tourists have improved the living standards of locals in Santiago a lot. The prices are not too high and people can comfortably survive in this city.
Even for tourists, Santiago is not incredibly expensive. You will find things in your budget no matter how small it is.