The city of Santiago is nearly 500 years old and rich in culture. There is so much to see and do in the city and surrounding area that you will not be bored on your visit. You can enjoy numerous activities that will help fuel your Spanish immersion experience in Chile. Whether you enjoy the arts, music, dance, cooking or simply relaxing there are wonderful activities that you can arrange throughout your visit.
Fun Activities In and Around Santiago
Santiago City Tour– Schedule to take part in a city tour so that you can familiarize yourself with Santiago and its treasures. City tours will take you to destinations within and near the city that you can later explore on your own if you’d like. You will visit historical locations located in the “old city” as well as hot spots in the financial district. Your city tour will also take you to see places like Santa Lucia Hill, which boasts beautiful fountains, plazas and interesting corridors. Among other treasures this is truly a unique stop on a Santiago city tour.
Marvelous Wine Tasting – The climate and soil conditions in Chile are the reasons why Chileans have been making wine for centuries. Some of the local vineyards have been in operation for generations. Chile has become a strong producer of wines globally. Schedule your vineyard and wine tasting tour to see where and how these wines are made.
Into the Kitchen – During your first day at the Ecela school there will be a welcome reception and there you will have a chance to taste some local cuisine. Traditional Chilean cuisine includes ceviche, carne mechada, and cancato y cazuela among other dishes. During your stay you can take a cooking class to learn how to make some of these traditional Chilean dishes, and then replicate them at home. This is a great way to learn Spanish in Santiago.
Cueca lessons – The ceuca is the national dance of Chile. This dance, and the vibrant music that accompanies it is a cultural representation of the country and the people. Learning the cueca dance will be an interesting element in your experience of Spanish immersion in Chile.
Unique Excursions Near Santiago
Cabalgatas y Asado – Seeing the Andes Mountains on horseback is a once in a lifetime experience. A one-day excursion can be booked to see the mountains in a unique way. At the end of your hike you will be treated to a traditional Chilean asado (barbeque). You and your group will share great food and great stories- this is what long-time friendships are built on.
Journey to Viña del Mar / Valparaiso – The Historic Quarter of Valparaiso is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This port city is distinctive and makes for a great exploration. Valparaiso is the 3rd largest metropolitan region in Chile and includes the beautiful and luxurious resort town of Viña del Mar, “The Garden City” to the north.
Pottery, Empanadas, and a Visit to Isla Negra – If you are looking for a getaway from your learning Spanish in Santiago, and you enjoy artisan shopping, casual dining, and a spectacular tour be sure to book this getaway. A day trip to Pomaire and Isla Negra is a must-do. The small town of Pomaire is a pottery lover’s dream. The town is famous for its artisan shops and its empanadas. After strolling through the shops and picking up some souveniers, grab an empanada for lunch. Your excursion will include a visit and tour of Pablo Neruda’s house on Isla Negra. The Noble Prize winning poet has 3 homes, but this is the most known and largest- and the only one that is on the “Black Island.”
Santiago is culturally rich, beautiful and active city. Whether you choose to do activities within the city or venture out a bit farther, you will be impressed with the land and the people. From centuries-old towns to traditional artisan shops, there is no shortage of things to do during your stay in Santiago.