The capital and largest city in Chile. A modern city, and the financial, political and economic centre of the country. Located just a few hours from the ocean and snow-capped mountains, Santiago is a perfect base for exploring the varied and unique geography of Chile. Although the women aren’t quite as sexy as in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Santiago has plenty to offer.
SEX AND DATING IN SANTIAGO, CHILE
Not the hardest place in the Americas to pull something, but not the easiest either. Much like Panama, many of the girls here couldn’t care less about your foreigner/gringo status, especially in Vitacura. Aggressive pick-up tactics don’t really work here. I’d say you have to be patient and courteous and watch for indicators of interest. If you don’t know Spanish, things will be considerably harder for you.
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WOMEN IN SANTIAGO, CHILE
Chile gets a bad wrap for not having attractive women. This is somewhat true, but often exaggerated. It is true that, on average, Chileans girls can’t hold a candle to Argentinean, Colombian, Brazilian or even Mexican girls. But this isn’t to say that they aren’t any lookers. In the neighbourhoods of Bellavista, Brasil, Las Condes and Vitacura, as well as by the University of Chile, there are some pretty ladies.
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RENT AN APARTMENT IN SANTIAGO, CHILE
$600.00 will do the trick for something basic.
NIGHTLIFE IN SANTIAGO, CHILE
Has everything that’d you’d expect a city of its size to have in regards to nightlife, but not as easy to find the popular places as it is in other cities. Las Condes and Vitacura neighbourhoods probably have the best options.
I recommend: Las Urracas. A barrel of fun to be had here. They have both a lounge and a disco, so if you tire of the loud music or want to have a chat with someone, you need only go upstairs.
IS SANTIAGO SAFE?
Santiago is one of the safest metropolises in South America. There are a few dangerous neighbourhoods, but you’re unlikely to wander into them by mistake. Police here are trustworthy.
COST OF LIVING IN SANTIAGO, CHILE
The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.
*Figures are listed in USD
You’ll need a minimum of $1410 USD/month to live in Santiago, Chile
A typical large city. Feels a bit soulless, unfortunately. It also isn’t cheap; prices are getting close to what you’d pay in the United States. The people are reserved, but friendly once given a chance. I’d recommend Santiago for a long-term stay because it is safe, modern and orderly. Also, once you get in with a social group of young Chileans, things will start opening up for you.
OVERALL RATING: 7/10
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