Santiago de Chile is a safe and modern city with good public transportation and a warm mediterranean climate. Spring starts in the middle of August with the flowering of the fruit trees. In the nearly rainless summer period between October and March, the average daytime temperatures are 80-85 degrees F (29 °C). It always cools of comfortably during the night. The winter is short and mild. 95% of the 330mm yearly rain, falls between April and December. June and July are the rainiest month in the year. Nevertheless there are more sunny than rainy days in these months and temperatures during a sunny day can reach (16-20ºC). When it is cloudy or rains, temperatures of 8-10ºC are normal. In Santiago we rarely have light frost and then only during a few hours early in the morning. Between June and October we can ski in the Andes.
“Santiago de Chile is a city of contrasts. It’s a modern metropolis whose shining international air terminal greets foreign bankers rushing to invest their money in one of South America’s most dynamic economies. At the same time, struggling street vendors board city buses to hawk everything from pins and needles to pens and ice cream, and housemaids ride for hours to scrub floors and change diapers in exclusive suburbs.”.
Santiago is first and foremost a city of commerce, but visitors will find much to enjoy in the city and its surroundings. The town takes the cake when it comes to excursions – less than an hour from the city center are world-class ski resorts and white-water rafting opportunities, famous beaches and the colorful port city of Valparaíso. Few capitals can match Santiago’s options for a free afternoon, day or weekend.