Santiago gets a bad rap. We've repeatedly heard that it's not good for much other than arrival at it's international airport, and a few days is more than enough time to spend on it. We opted to get in and out pretty quickly, to allow more time in Valparaiso.
I've gotta say, we found Santiago quite lovely. Perhaps we are biased cause it gave us the gift of a Panasonic Lumix LX3. But we had a really nice time there and could have easily stayed longer. For photos, click HERE.