Santiago & Surrounding Area | Rocky Mountain Getaways | Lodging and Ski Vacation Packages


While heading to the Andes to enjoy an exotic opposite season ski vacation most roads go through Santiago, Chile’s capital and largest city.

Most of Chile’s northern most ski resorts are within easy striking distance of Santiago including Valle Nevado, El Colorado, and La Parva (The Three Valleys of the Andes), Ski Arpa (backcountry snow cat skiing), and Ski Portillo.

As a result, many ski vacationers to Chile elect to include a stopover in Santiago to sightsee and explore and day or overnight excursions to wine country or the coast.

Santiago itself is a relatively modern cosmopolitan city with a population of over 5 million in the greater metropolitan area located in Chile’s Central Valley. Most vacationers to Chile will fly into Arturo Benitez Airport and most Chile ski vacationers will spend a few nights in Santiago either on the arriving or departing side of their vacation as there are and abundance of interesting things to do and see.  With accommodations ranging from upscale boutique to ultra luxury combined with bustling contemporary shopping and commercial zones, the districts of Providencia, Las Condes and Vitacura are typically the most popular areas for North American tourists to stay while in town. The downtown Historic Quarter, home to the palatial architecture that houses the Chilean seat of government, other buildings of historic significance, and a thriving commercial district in its own right, is also  a must visit for most visitors to Santiago.

Cerro (Mount) San Cristóbal, the second highest point in the city and the site of Santiago’s largest green space, Metropolitan Park, is perhaps the most visited attraction in the city.  On a clear day, the mountain affords the best 360 degree views of the city and the surrounding Andes Mountains.  At the top of the mountain that can be accessed by sky ride, funicular train, or by hiking is the 22 meter statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary brought over from France in 1908. The surrounding park also houses the National Zoo and popular Japanese Garden.

Day or Overnight Excursions from Santiago

Most visitors to Chile’s Central valley that encompasses Santiago and surrounding areas want to consider doing one of many possible intriguing easily accessible day or overnight trips available to them.  These include excursions to nearby wine country including Viña Undurraga and the well known Concha y Toro wineries among others, and coastal excursions to the popular towns of Vina del Mar or the historic port of Valparaíso.

Rocky Mountain Getaways can assist you with both your lodging needs in Santiago as well as a wide variety of day and overnight tours of including wine country and coastal tours.


Dan V.

I have to tell you David, I own a real estate sales company with over 55 sales people and my company was # 1 in NJ for all of REMAXs 170 offices for commissions. I tell you that because I have some great sales people and I just wanted to say, you are a great salesperson. You have a great, calm friendly demeanor and your follow up over the years has been impeccable. I have given your name and info to quite a few people over the years and will continue to do so. Kudos on a job well done from one sales professional to another.

Bonnie S.

"From the get go, Jinger had our plans dialed right down to the smallest of details. We arrived, checked-in hit the slopeside hot tub and THEN we knew we could relax and enjoy our annual ski vacation. Thanks for all the help!"

Ginny W.

DavidEverything was great! We could not have had such a smooth, pre-planned Park City ski vacation without your help. We really appreciate all of your help. The kids did AWESOME skiing and we all had a wonderful time full of great family memories!

Thank you!


Nick from WI

Elisabeth, You did good work for me and my family.  The vacation home in Steamboat was perfect. All the pre-work with tickets/rentals and the car is much appreciated.   I could've spent a few hours searching the web, but you knew the location and vendors better than I.

Dan Campbell

We  had a great trip Breckenridge.  The weather was great so were on the slopes from all day every day of the trip. One of my favorite memories was hanging out catching some rays in beach chairs mid slope at 10,000 feet.  Initially when we started planning for this Ski trip were going make all of our own arrangements.... We decided to call Rocky Mountain Getaways to see what they could offer.... Initially we received several vacation packages to choose from and we picked the one that seemed to be the best for our family. While were on the trip and after whole family felt we could not have made a better choice.  Eric - you and Rocky Mountain getaways made the whole process very convenient easy - We are so glad you we didn't try plan the vacation ourselves.  We will definitely use Rocky Mountain getaways for our next trip out west. 
Thanks for everything you did to make this a great vacation. 



Hi Tench,

Next time we plan a ski trip, I will call you as you provided the best service I could have ever asked for! I will write a review on trip adviser, and where ever else I can locate a review opportunity. Beaver Run was the perfect location and all check-in/out was smooth and hassle free. Thank you for your help - we all had a great time and appreciate your attentiveness and help.


We had a great vacation to Steamboat. The snow conditions were amazing. It snowed every day but one while we were there. Temperatures were good also. The accommodations were great. Very nice unit and extremely convenient. We would definitely stay in this unit again. The staff were very nice and helpful. Your description of the unit and location was spot on.  

Thank you for your help David and I look forward to working with you again. 

Tammy B.

LisaWe had the BEST trip ever!!  We can't wait to go again!!  My husband loved the ski equipment delivery.  We have never done that before but now won't do it any other way.  :) Thanks again for all your help with our Copper Mountain ski trip.  I will be in touch to plan our trip next year!! 


Steve A.

LisaThanks so much for the follow up, as a fellow sales professional it is always noticed and appreciated! The trip was amazing and everything went off without a hitch, heck, it even snowed the whole time we were there!  You will have a tough bar to get over for next year as a follow up to this homerun! 


Elena P.

... Just wanted to give you a big THANK YOU for such a superb job of reserving and arranging everything for our vacation!

Brenda L.

Jinger, We had a FABULOUS time.  It was great!  I want to thank you for all your help in planning this trip.  You have been a pleasure to work with.  You have gone over and above to answer all of my questions and provide additional information when necessary.  Thank you again for all that you have done for my family and myself. 

Phil C.

We all had a great time in Snowmass and were very fortunate with the snow conditions and morning powder. The mountain wasn't as I remember it as so much has changed since I was there in 1986 & 1997.  We will definitely use your services again and recommend you (David) Down Under. 

Nick Jensen

Elisabeth, You did good work for me and my family. The Retreatia home in Steamboat was perfect. All the pre-work with tickets/rentals and the car is much appreciated. I could've spent a few hours searching the web, but you knew the location and vendors better than I.

Thank you again!