The Santiago Metropolitan Region is the commercial and cultural heart of Chile. Home to the country's capital of Santiago, the Santiago Metropolitan Region is small but vibrant, packing in over 6 million residents across less than 6,000 square miles. In a city that never sleeps, you'll discover artisan markets, phenomenal cuisine, and rich culture.
The Santiago Metropolitan Region is a fantastic home base for any Chilean vacation! The region combines old-world charm, including 19th Century wine cellars and the historic Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas, with modern art galleries and financial centers. The region is divided by six provinces: Santiago, Cordillera, Maipo, Talagante, Melipilla, and Chacabuco. Each offers unique charm, shopping centers, and fresh markets.
Despite its urban surroundings, the Santiago Metropolitan Region is located in a valley and flanked by the Chilean coast and incredible Andes Mountains. The southeastern portion of the region is engulfed by a canyon, Cajón del Maipo, where regional rivers meet at the Maipo River basin. Despite the region's title as Chiles only landlocked location, The Santiago Metropolitan Region is just 75 miles to the state of Valparaíso, which offers miles of pristine beaches along the South Pacific Ocean, and unique resort villages like Viña del Mar.
For the ultimate cultural experience, head to the city! Chilean art, cuisine, music, theater, and history come alive on the bustling city streets of the Santiago Metropolitan Region.
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