Santiago is the political and cultural centre of Chile, with its expansive museums, events, theaters, restaurants, bars and other entertainment and cultural opportunities. The cosmopolitan and vibrant city is also close to both the mountains and the Pacific Ocean, making it possible to enjoy both skiing in the nearby Andes and hanging out at the beach, all in the same day.
While Chile is considered safe by South American standards, women digital nomads should still be aware of pickpocketing and other petty crimes. Avoid walking around alone at night, and there are some comunas that should be avoided, especially La Legua in the V Region (famed in Chile for its high crime rates), La Lengua, Lo Espejo, La Pintana, Puente Alto, La Cisterna, San Joaquin, El Bosque, San Ramon and La Granja.
Amenities in Santiago are en par with cities in Europe or North America, with some digital nomads complaining that it feels too much like home which defeats the purpose of traveling. The cost of living is also considered high for South America, and rent is often the highest expenditure. Chileans speak a slang version of Spanish, and have a reputation of being hard to understand even for other South Americans.
Since the introduction of the government-run ‘Start-Up Chile’, a program that was started to attract world-class early stage entrepreneurs to start their businesses in Chile, the city has been welcoming a growing number of entrepreneurs and digital nomads, making it easy to find like-minded local expats to hang with.
Santiago has a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and very warm and dry summers. December to February are the hottest months of the year, during which half of Santiago’s population can be found outside, enjoying the city’s many parks and outdoor spaces. May to September (the winter season) experiences showers, cooler temps and increased smog levels.