What's good about it? The cosmopolitan capital of Chile is located on the banks of the Mapocho River. The city boasts expansive museums, a diverse range of architecture, world-class eateries and a dynamic arts scene.
Best for: Santiago is an eclectic city known for its rich history, cultural heritage, neo-Gothic treasures, delicious cuisine and exciting nightlife. The humming Santiago metropolis is home to Cerro San Cristobal - the 22-metre Virgin Mary statue perched on the hill. The Sky Costanera on the 62nd floor of the Gran Torre Santiago offers an excellent panorama of the Andes mountains. Drive the lush Chilean Coastal Range to visit the multi-coloured coastal barrio of Valparaiso.
Best time to visit: September to February is warm and dry, while winter is picture-postcard perfect with its snow-capped mountain ranges.
Getting there: Viking's new 87-day From the Arctic to Antarctica journey delivers guests straight into Santiago's port. vikingcruises.com.au
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