As an emerging metropolis in South America, Santiago is an ideal pick for travelers seeking bustling city life that's more friendly than it is overwhelming. Conveniently located for those who want to continue on to snowy peaks, stunning beaches, and some of Chile’s most picturesque wine country, Santiago is worth exploring on its own. Once a sleepy capital city surrounded by mountains on all sides, today Santiago is an intriguing mix of the old and the new — it’s a hotbed of emerging artists, gourmet dining and picturesque cafés made for unwinding after a day of exploring museums or soaking up the sun in one of the numerous historic parks.