Santiago is Chile's capital city and most exciting city. Founded in 1541, Santiago is one of South America's most exotic, energetic and fascinating places to visit. Before your plane even lands, you'll be awestruck by its natural beauty. Flights to Santiago afford majestic views of the Andes Mountains, the Pacific Ocean, and lush rolling hills. Once you're settled into your Santiago car rental, you'll discover the magic of this colonial city up close and personal.
When you deplane at the Aeropuerto de Santiago, you'll find several major companies that provide car rentals in Santiago, all located on the airport's first level in Central International Hall. Santiago insiders warn tourists that for their safety, they should only trust the airport's shuttle transport service to take them to their rental cars in Santiago. The cars are housed about a 10-minute shuttle ride from the airport. The airport is about a 30-minute drive from downtown Santiago.
Cosmopolitan, tropical, vibrant, historical... these adjectives all describe this eclectic city. In the city itself, stroll through museums like Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos and La Chascona Casa Museo; view Latin America's tallest building (the Gran Torre Santiago); people watch in the Centro pedestrian mall; and enjoy panoramic views atop Cerro de San Cristobal. When the sun sets, the action heats up in neighborhoods including Lastarria, Las Condes, and Bellavista that come alive with delicious smells and pulsating beats. Make sure to make the 45-minute drive to the Santa Rita winery in Alto Jahuel, where you'll be inspired to toast Chilean wine tradition. Another can't-miss drive is through the Cajon del Maipo river valley. Take the road into the Cordillera Province and discover Monumento Nacional El Morado.
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