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Best Times to Visit Santiago

The best time to visit Santiago is from September to November or from March to May; these months mark the spring and fall shoulder seasons in Chile. Although the city experiences a moderate climate with mild temperatures year-round, spring and fall are especially alluring with plenty of sunshine, thinner crowds and affordable flight options from popular U.S. destinations. Fall (March through May) is a particularly pleasant time to visit if you enjoy vino: Vineyards showcase beautiful fall foliage, and grape harvest festivals abound. Spring (September through November) is another excellent time to visit thanks to blooming flowers, comfortable temps and nationwide independence day festivities. From December to February (summertime in the Southern Hemisphere), temperatures, crowds and hotel prices swell. Meanwhile, June, July and August (Chile's winter months) bring showers, cooler temps and increased smog levels, but the powder blanketing the nearby Andes beckons to skiers.

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September-November

Spring is a particularly pleasant time to visit Santiago: The smog is dissipating and fragrant wisterias are blooming across the city. Plus, you'll avoid the damp days of winter and the heavy crowds of summer by planning a trip during this shoulder season. Keep in mind, though, that spring celebrations like Fiestas Patrias and Road to Ultra Chile draw thousands of visitors annually, so you'll want to finalize your airfare and accommodations months in advance if you plan on attending one of these events. Expect average daytime temps to range from the high 60s to the high 70s.

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December-February

Visit Santiago in the summertime and you'll enjoy dry, mild weather. While visitor numbers and temperatures rise during this time of year, Santiaguinos vacation elsewhere, making it an ideal time to take advantage of less street traffic and dissipated smog levels. Average highs sit in the 80s.

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March-May

With summer's heavy crowds and high temperatures beginning to wane, fall marks another sweet spot for tourism. Wine season and its events come at the start of fall, and foliage blankets the city streets by April. Plus, you'll find pleasant daytime temps between the mid-60s and the low 80s. At night, temperatures can drop to the 40s and 50s, so pack a few extra layers.

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June-August

If you're planning a trip to Santiago to take advantage of the Andes' snowy peaks, this is the time to visit. Swarms of powder enthusiasts flock to nearby ski resorts dotting El Colorado, Portillo and Valle Nevado; August is a particularly popular month for skiers thanks to steady snow accumulation. With that in mind, Santiago rests beneath the mountains, so prepare yourself for damp, rainy days. Also note that temperatures range anywhere from the high 30s to the low 60s. Smog levels are also at their highest this time of year due to increased air pollution. Although heavy vehicular traffic contributes to year-round air pollution, the smog is more noticeable in winter because the cold air traps contaminants closer to the ground.

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