What is the best time to visit Santiago?

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Gabriel O’Rorke

As part of the Southern Hemisphere, summer in Santiago falls between December and March. This means average temperatures of 85 Fahrenheit. So if you're not great with the heat, then aim for Spring (March / April) or Autumn (September / October).

Most people recommend a visit between October and April, but if you're a fan of snow sports then come for the ski season which runs from July to early September (depending on yearly snowfall). You can ski just a few hours from the capital, and many people make a day trip of it.

Speaking of ‘time’ in Santiago, make sure you allow a few days to explore the city. Many travellers pass through en route to Patagonia in the south, Atacama in the north, or Easter Island, but Chile’s capital city has plenty to offer.

During the summer months, the streets are lined with tables spilling out from bars and restaurants. Long evenings can be spent enjoying the warm climes and sampling some of Chile’s great wines.

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