The Andes and the Central Valley

With the impressive framing of the Andes Mountains in the background, the capital, Santiago, offers visitors a variety of attractions: museums, theaters, cinemas, art galleries, restaurants, malls, exclusive shops, artisan crafts and parks. The city has a privileged location, between the mountains and the sea. Some of the best ski slopes in the world are found two hours from
Santiago by car, while in an hour and a half you can reach the Pacific coast. Valle Nevado, with its more than 800 hectares of ski slopes, and Portillo, the oldest ski center in South America, are can’t-miss destinations for ski enthusiasts. Olympic athletes from many different parts of the world come here to take advantage of the Southern Hemisphere’s winter.
To the West, on the other hand, on the Pacific coast, are the sister cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar.
Valparaíso, with its elevators, stairs and picturesque houses hanging from the hills, has been declared a Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO. Viña del Mar practically doubles its population during summer vacation, as it is where many Chileans and foreigners enjoy the beach.The vineyards are a mandatory visit during your stay in Santiago. Within the city limits, you can find cellars from the 19th century constructed below ground to guarantee the ideal temperature for wine, such as in the vineyards of Cousiño Macul, Santa Carolina, Concha y Toro and Santa Rita. There currently exist 11 Wine Routes in Chile in the various valleys, such as the Aconcagua, Maipo, Cachapoal and Colchaga valleys, each with its own guarantee of origin.

Climate of the Central Valley
The climate is very agreeable in spring, summer and fall, with hot and sunny days and cool nights. It is warm and dry the majority of the year, although it is colder and sometimes rainy in the winter (from mid-May to September).
The annual average temperature is 15.5ºC