Santiago de Chile

Santiago de Chile (or shortened to Santiago) is the capital and largest city in Chile. Santiago has a lot to offer as it is the political and cultural hub of the country. Moreover, its central location makes it easy and convenient to explore the country from this point. It is close enough to both the Andes and the Pacific Ocean that you can go skiing and then hit the beach on the same day. Santiago has a few must-see attractions like the Parque Metropolitano, The Museum of Human Rights, and the Festival del Barrio Brasil among others. While this beautiful city is a safe place to visit, there is a threat of crime. Take care of your personal belongings at all times and be aware of your surroundings. Below, you’ll find more information on how to stay safe while traveling in Santiago.

SAFETY INDEX

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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Standard safety precautions are recommended in Santiago. Exercise common sense and remain vigilant for suspicious behaviour as you would in any other country. Watch out for petty crime in tourist areas and protect your valuables.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

Pickpocket and purse snatching are common in tourist locations and public transportation. Bag snatching occurs often, so make sure you carry your bag facing away from the street and preferably always close to you.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : HIGH

Muggings have happened in urban areas. People walking alone are often the targets, especially at night. In case of being robbed, do not resist and hand over your valuables.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : HIGH

As in any other city, taxi drivers will try to take advantage of travelers by overcharging them. Remain vigilant for thieves that use different strategies to rob you like a tap on the shoulder, spitting or getting something spilled on you.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Overall, taxis and public transportation are safe. Make sure you book a ride or use radio taxis from places like a hotel when possible as there have been reports of traveler being robbed and assaulted by taxi drivers. Make sure that the vehicle has the logo of the company on the side.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Flooding can happen during heavy rains. Air pollution during winter (June-September) in Santiago is a major problem; you may suffer from eye irritations and respiratory problems.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

There are occasional acts of domestic violence by anarchist groups that use small explosives. They tend to target banks and public transport. Remain vigilant and take advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Many women travel safely without any issues. However, if you are traveling alone, it is important to exercise particular care in crowds, on public transportation, in rural areas, and in isolated sections. Avoid isolated locations and traveling alone after dark. Women may get some unwanted attention from men.

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Useful Information

Most countries do not need a visa to enter Chile when the purpose of the visit is tourism. Your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay, so no additional period of validity beyond is necessary. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in Argentina is the Chilean peso (CLP). ATMs are widely available. Credit cards are accepted in main cities, but be careful of possible scamming and never leave your card out of sight.
The weather can get chilly during the middle of the year, temperatures usually don’t drop below freezing. The warmest month of the year is January with an average temperature of 86 F. July and August are the coldest months with an average of 37 F.
The busiest international airports in Chile are Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport (SCL) in Santiago, Diego Aracena International Airport (IQQ) in Iquique, and Cerro Morenoo International Airport (ANF) in Antofagasta. If you’re looking for cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page