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Planning Your Trip

Culture and history abound in Santiago. The surrounding Andes Mountains offer endless opportunities for outdoor adventures, and the nearby wine regions are a must-visit for any oenophile — there is something for every type of traveler in Santiago. Here are a few tips for how to pack for every kind of visit.

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Outdoor Adventure

Surrounded by the Andes, Santiago is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Just a short trip from the resort just about any sort of adventure awaits, from skiing and trekking to surfing and beachcombing. Be sure to pack appropriately for your excursions.


  • Bring a lightweight bag or backpack to tote your sunscreen, water and snacks. It is also recommended to bring a cellphone with international service in case of emergency.
  • Temperatures and weather can change quickly, particularly at higher elevations, so pack multiple, lightweight layers that can easily be carried along on a trek.
  • Surfers would be wise to bring their boards. Santiago is two hours away from several beaches with world-class waves.

Business Travel

Though it has a deep history and stunning historic monuments seemingly at every turn, Santiago is a thoroughly modern city where any global business traveler will feel right at home.



  • The professional dress code in Santiago is rather formal. For men, a navy-blue suit and tie is the norm rather than slacks and a shirt.
  • For women, a modest business suit, with a skirt or pants, is the most common mode of dress.
  • Be sure to bring business cards to meetings. Chileans generally begin business meetings with a handshake and then the exchange of cards.  

Golf Getaway

Santiago has several golf courses, and The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago is well situated for guests looking to enjoy a game while on vacation or to hit the links for a business meeting. Don’t forget the essentials.



  • Classic golf attire — a golf shirt and shorts or slacks depending on the season — is the standard.
  • Temperatures can be high during summer days but can quickly dip into the 50s once the sun begins to set. Bring a lightweight jacket to ward off any chill.
  • Bring sunscreen, especially during summer.

Don’t Forget:

While many people come to Santiago for the outdoor adventure and pack hiking gear primarily for those excursions, it is wise to bring one or two more refined outfits for exploring the city.  

There are ample activities to keep a visitor — be it for business or pleasure — happily occupied in Santiago. From exquisite dining and spa appointments at the resort to rigorous outdoor adventures, there’s something for everyone and every type of traveler. Here’s what to consider booking before your visit.

Afternoon Tea

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The perfect way to pause and unwind is by taking a moment to savor the tea time served in the Lobby Lounge from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a pot of tea in the sumptuous lounge while a pianist plays classic tunes on a stunningly restored Pleyel piano. Guests can either enjoy an a la carte tea with French pastries or Chilean recipes, or indulge in the full buffet, offered every Sunday, which includes a spectacular chocolate cascade.  

Dining Reservations

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For a truly memorable dining experience, arrange for a table at Estró, a relaxed fine-dining restaurant with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. The reliance on artisanal producers, organic products and responsibly sourced seafood culminates in exquisite dishes like abalone salad from Valdivia with avocado, yuzu and green chili mayonnaise, or organic duck confit salad with orange, arugula and cranberry vinaigrette, and various fresh ceviches, each artfully plated.  

Spa Appointments

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Enter the hotel’s spa and feel the hustle and bustle of the city melt away. On the roof of the property and encased in a glass cupola, the spa affords uninterrupted views of the cityscape and surrounding Andes. Arrange for an hour, or an afternoon, of relaxing and rejuvenation at the spa with treatments like traditional reflexology, a revitalizing and hydrating chocolate wrap, or a gentle lymphatic massage to stimulate the body’s metabolism and immune system.

Outdoor Excursions

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There is much to do just beyond the property. Make arrangements to explore the surrounding area. Visit vineyards along the “wine route” such as Concha y Toro and Undurraga; tour the Andes Mountains to hike surrounded by peaks of more than 9,000 feet; explore Valparaiso, one of South America’s most charming and historic areas known for its colorful hillside towns; ski at one of three amazing locations: El Colorado, Portillo or Valle Nevado; or explore the Cajón del Maipo — a glacial valley with opportunities for rafting, hiking, horseback riding and more.

Nestled at the base of the snow-capped Andes mountains, Chile’s capital of Santiago is a modern, sophisticated destination that offers something for all kinds of travelers. The art scene thrives with contrasts — find everything from pre-Columbian sculptures to radical contemporary works. Experience traditional Chilean cuisine and modern takes on regional classics made by thoughtful, inventive chefs. And take advantage of the spoils of the region, which are a short detour from The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago: incredible skiing, breathtaking beaches and award-winning vineyards.


Cultural Treasures

Wander through Santiago and you’ll find old Spanish colonial palaces side by side with modern skyscrapers. It’s a city filled with a wealth of history and tradition, as well as 21st century advancements. No visit is complete without immersing yourself in the booming art scene. Sample Chilean cuisine made from the region’s exceptional produce and spend afternoons browsing the shops of local artisans who craft excellent souvenirs.



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Day Trips

Santiago is just about the best jumping-off place to South American adventures that you could ask for. The city sits at the foot of the Andes Mountains, which offers an impressive backdrop. A short drive away and you’re transported to magnificent skiing, world-class vineyards that sommeliers around the world admire, and plenty of opportunities to engage with the natural beauty of Chile. The concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago can assist you in arranging a tour and guided activities.


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