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Santiago de Chile, more often known simply as Santiago, is the capital of Chile and the fifth largest city in South America. With the Andes glimmering in the distance, gorgeous hillside parks that tower above it, the Mapocho River flowing through it, as well as tree-lined streets and beautiful parks. Besides its natural beauty, it is also popular among tourists for its colonial and 19th century neoclassical buildings.
Santiago is a modern and clean city with excellent infrastructure, world-class healthcare, and an efficient public transport system. It also has one of the highest standards of living in Latin America. These factors make Santiago a popular destination for expats, retirees, and foreign investors from all around the globe.
Apartments are mostly located in central areas and are built-in high-rise buildings and have contemporary, modern designs. There are small and large apartments in Santiago. Small apartments offer studio rooms and one to two-rooms, while large apartments offer more space with three-rooms or more. Apartments in Santiago offers a variety of amenities, ranging from basic amenities like parking spaces to more luxurious amenities such as swimming pools and fitness centers. Renters can also find numerous serviced apartments, which offer a hotel-like lifestyle, with laundry, daily housekeeping, and spas.
Houses are the best options for those who need more privacy and space. Houses in Santiago either have modern or colonial styles. In some parts of the city, luxurious houses are available.
The most popular part of Santiago is definitely Santiago Centro (Downtown Santiago). It is where visitors can find most of the city’s top attractions, such as Plaza de Armas, which has been its symbolic heart since 1541. Plaza de Armas is home to magnificent architecture and museums, such as the neoclassical Correo Central (Central Post Office), the elegant Palacio de la Real Audiencia, and the beautiful Catedral de Santiago.
Across the Mapocho River, visitors can find the Bellavista neighborhood. It is home to numerous famous restaurants and cafes, as well as the Parque Metropolitano and Cerro San Cristòbal. It is also where La Chascona, the house designed by the legendary poet Pablo Neruda, is located.
Compared to the United States and most European countries, Santiago offers a low cost of living. Those who live in Santiago can enjoy high-quality healthcare, an excellent public transport system, well-maintained infrastructure, an outstanding education system, and reasonably-priced housing. It is also one of the best places in the region for business. Expats can cover all basic needs for as little as $1,500 a month, and with around $2,500 to $3,000 per month, most people can live a comfortable urban lifestyle. The Chilean Peso (CLP) is the official currency used in Santiago and the exchange rate from 1 USD is approximately 773 CLP.
Spanish is the official and most widely spoken language. Although many people can speak English to some extent, it is better for foreigners to learn at least some common phrases in Spanish before visiting Santiago. Roman Catholicism is the largest religion in Santiago, but freedom of religion is respected and protected.
To be able to stay in Santiago for an extended period of time, foreigners need to apply and obtain a temporary resident visa. There are several types of temporary resident visas, including professional visa, contract work visa, and independent worker visa.