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I am a New Zealander who arrived in Santiago on 3 June 2006.

Initially I thought that I would be staying in Chile for only 6 months as that was the duration of my work contract. That has now turned into an indefinite stay as my contract got extended and then on the 5th January 2008 I got married to my wonderful Chilean husband, Christian. On 4th February 2009 our little family grew in size with the addition of Nicolás our bundle of joy.

I have travelled a fair bit and stayed in a few cities around the world but I have to say that right from the first day I felt really comfortable living in Santiago. The city does have pollution problems in the winter months and has public transportation issues (what big city doesn't!?) but has a whole lot going for it too.

If you are passing through Santiago or want some advice then please drop me a line.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Mountains and ocean close by, good standard of living
  • Cons:Crazy drivers, smog in winter
  • In a nutshell:A conservative but comfortable city to live in
  • Last visit to Santiago: May 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    hi again, how and where are you? are you back in Chile yet?! i havent quite booked and finalised things yet but a travel agent has done very well to put together a few things for me in the time that i have before the dates - if i go ahead i will have a couple of days free when return from Easter island after the conference im going for 3rd til 10th November, til i fly to Lima for a 20/21 day tour back to Santiago. then when get back to santiago have a couple of days free before a flight to nz...will you be around by then? i imagine i can rent a car to get out of the city and make the most of time as a bit sad im not getting further south or over to Iguassu falls but will just have to come back!! and her tour does include Maccu Piccu and Titicaca and the 3 day 4x4 trip to the salt lakes so if i take it im sure i will be very happy! and its a small group which i like the idea of a lot!

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    Dec 28, 2011 at 5:15 AM

    Hi, I live in south of brazil. I've been in Santiago few years ago. It is a wonderful place. Next year me and my husband intend to go back for few days. I'd be glad if we could get some informations about acomodations and transport. Thanks a lot. Ana

  • Oct 4, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Hey I have just moved to Santiago and dont speak any spanish as of yet but was wanting to join a touch and football team how would i go about doing this? are there many english speaking? aliesha

  • bilgeez's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    Drivers in Chile, sound just like Panama! LOL~

  • omidamini's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    Thanks for made a very helpful Satiago page, i hope can visit this city.

  • ellsasha's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Wonderful tips, Rhianon, you have enthused me to return.

  • Jefie's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2008 at 6:57 AM

    Great tips, only 3 more weeks until I can see it all for myself :o) Thanks for sharing!

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Great tips! I'm planning to visit Chile next year!

  • Mar 29, 2008 at 5:30 AM

    This is great advice! I am flying into Santiago with a 7 hour layover until I fly on to Peru. Do you know if you can leave the airport during that time? and if it is worth doing so? What are your suggestions for "things to do" with such limited time?

  • Oct 22, 2007 at 6:01 PM

    I went to this same restaurant bit a tuna bone which made my palette bleed to the astonishing non response of restaurant and owner wrote it up in my blog

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