If you might be on the lookout for the most effective issues to do in Santiago, you’ve come to the best place. We spent 5 days seeing all the highest points of interest in Santiago earlier than and after our Exodus Travels tour of Chile. Even although we visited the Atacama Desert, Patagonia, and extra, we fell in love with Santiago probably the most. It’s such a enjoyable metropolis crammed with power and pleasure.
Santiago, Chile is a large metropolis in South America with loads of issues to do. Whether you’re on the lookout for tradition or nice meals, there’s one thing for everybody. We fell in love with the capital metropolis of Chile and even managed to meet President Gabriel Boric throughout our keep. Read on to see how that occurred.
Top Things to do in Santiago
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Okay, now it’s time to discover Santiago with us. Here are our prime picks for issues to do in Santiago, Chile.
1. Plaza de Armas
If it’s your first time in Santiago, make your means to the principle assembly place within the metropolis. Plaza de Armas is the principle sq. in Santiago and a well-liked place for locals and vacationers to collect. The plaza is surrounded by necessary landmarks, together with the Cathedral, Presidential Palace, National Museum, and extra.
Plaza de Armas is the right place to begin your Santiago tour. It’s the place all of the buses come into city so in case you are on an overland journey in Chile, you’ll most likely find yourself right here first.
The sq. itself is gorgeous, with fountains, palm timber and inexperienced area, out of doors terraces, and road performers. There are additionally numerous retailers and eating places in order for you to seize some meals or souvenirs earlier than heading out in your journey!
2. Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral
One of those landmarks that you must positively go to if you go to Plaza de Armas is the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral. The cathedral was constructed between 1872-1904 based mostly on designs drawn up by French architect Paul Chenavard (who additionally designed Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal – A little bit Canadian connection there). Not solely does this cathedral have lovely structure nevertheless it additionally has superb stained glass home windows which depict scenes from Chilean historical past.
It is a working cathedral so be respectful when coming into, however going inside is a should. It’s additionally a cool respite from the new Santiago warmth.
3. Cerro Santa Lucia (Santa Lucía Hill)
Cerro Santa Lucia is without doubt one of the hottest locations in Santiago to go for a stroll and benefit from the views. The hill is positioned proper within the middle of the town, with museums, retailers, and eating places on its slopes.
It’s finest to go to at sundown when you’ll be able to see all of Santiago lit up under you in addition to a phenomenal view of a part of the Andes (and perhaps even some stars!). It’s a fantastic place to spend a day taking within the websites. There are outdated forts, a chapel, fountains, and partitions to discover. There are even basalt columns to maintain an eye fixed out for. I used to be stunned to see them main up to the highest of the hill.
The excessive platform is small and you’ll be sharing it with a crowd, however it’s positively price visiting for a panoramic view of Santiago. From right here it’s additionally straightforward to catch buses or taxis again downtown.
This hill provides views of Santiago and past—all with out having to climb too far! It’s much less busy than Plaza de Armas however on the weekends it may be very crowded with locals. Plus there are many timber round so when you ever get drained (or thirsty), simply sit down beneath considered one of them! Make positive to deliver some water with you.
4. San Cristóbal Hill (Cerro San Cristóbal)
San Cristóbal Hill is the second-highest level in Santiago. It’s additionally the positioning of an outdated chapel (La Catedral) and the Virgin Mary. Standing 860 meters excessive, it overlooks the town providing 360 diploma views.
The views from up there are a few of the finest in Santiago, though you will have to work onerous to discover an unobstructed view on the prime, there are various viewpoints from midway up. You can see all of Santiago, in addition to some close by hills and mountains.
This is a well-liked place for sundown as a result of it’s so lovely overlooking the skyscrapers of the enterprise district. But be warned, when you go up for sundown, you will have to stroll again down. So we propose for first-time guests go earlier. It’s the right spot for consuming lunch with a view or going out on a picnic.
5. Teleferico or Funicular
There are two methods to get to the highest of San Cristóbal Hill: take the funicular from Barrio Bella Vista or take the teleférico (cable automobile) from Metropolitan Park. We took each and located them every to be well worth the go to. They embark from totally different sides of the mountain. The funicular leaves from the Bellavista neighborhood and the Funicular leaves from Metropolitan park within the Providencia space of Santiago
When staying within the monetary district, take the Teleferico to the highest as you’ll solely want to stroll via Metropolitan Park. This is a beautiful neighborhood to stroll via and the park has eating places, shady areas, and fountains.
The funicular takes you thru the Bella Vista neighborhood which is a vigorous space of Santiago. We walked from the town middle via Barrio Bella Vista having fun with a few of the enjoyable eating places and bars on our means. When you get to the funicular, it seems to be like a citadel from an amusement park.
There are distributors and the Santiago Zoo. It is a steep incline railway with a cease on the zoo on the way in which up. Make positive to maintain your tickets for each as you will have them to get again down.
6. Metropolitan Park of Santiago
Metropolitan Park of Santiago is without doubt one of the largest city parks in Latin America with San Cristobal Hill standing at its middle. Besides San Cristobal Hill there’s the Santiago Zoo (Zoológico de Santiago), Botanical Gardens with a Japanese Garden, two swimming swimming pools, mountain climbing trails, and a youngsters’s park. You may even go on a excessive ropes course positioned beside the doorway to the teleferico.
There are a number of parks and greenspaces in Santiago positioned alongside the river. You’ll discover households out for picnics, strolling via the gardens or just stress-free within the solar. We loved merely strolling alongside the river taking within the views.
7. Sky Costanera
Located within the Costanera Center a shopping center with a view of the town, Sky Costanera is positioned on the 61st ground of the constructing. This constructing is taken into account to be one of many tallest buildings in South America.
It has panoramic views, eating places, and bars that may be visited by vacationers from throughout Chile and even from different international locations like Canada who need to go to this place whereas they’re right here on trip.
Go up for sundown for incredible views of the Andes Mountains and Santiago. There is a cocktail bar on the prime the place you’ll be able to pull up a seat by the window to take pleasure in a romantic toast to the town. Make positive to keep till the solar goes down, that’s when the view actually comes to life.
8. Costanera Center
Sky Costanera is positioned in a monetary district however there are various issues that vacationers can do after they go to. The buying middle is huge with a number of shops promoting every thing from high-quality Chilean wine to baggage. There are many eating places to select from together with native favorites and worldwide delicacies from Japanese meals to American classics just like the Hard Rock Cafe and Tony Romas.
This six-story shopping center is crammed with every thing you need for buying. There is a wonderful grocery retailer the place you’ll be able to decide up some high-quality Chilean wine. The wine choice in there’s large.
9. Palacio de la Moneda (La Moneda Palace)
La Moneda Palace is the seat of presidency in Chile and has been since 1837. It was in-built 1784, nevertheless it was destroyed in an earthquake over 100 years later. The palace was rebuilt in 1837 and have become a nationwide monument in 1931. It’s now a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
La Moneda Palace grounds are open to guests from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays solely. You can pre-arrange guided excursions to see the Ducal Palace of Modena, the Military Academy, and the rooms of the State residence. The gardens surrounding La Moneda Palace are open from 8 am till 6 pm every day and supply some good spots for a picnic lunch or simply having fun with some recent air when you’re uninterested in sightseeing indoors!
10. Palacio La Moneda Cultural Center
After seeing the Presidential Palace, go into the Palacio La Moneda Cultural Center. This gathering place was constructed underground in order to not intrude with the grounds of the Presidential Palace. The large constructing homes cafes, rotating shows, museums, and boutiques.
11. Barrio Bellavista (Bellavista Neighborhood)
For nightlife, Barrio Bellavista is the place to be. This neighborhood is a vigorous leisure space crammed with bars and eating places. Street artwork decorates many partitions round Barrio Bellavista. It’s one of the vital in style neighborhoods in Santiago amongst vacationers due to its vibrant ambiance and exquisite views of downtown Santiago from above thanks to its rooftop bars.
Art Tour of Barrio Bellavista
Santiago is a metropolis crammed with road artwork, so it’s no shock that the most effective place to see it’s in Bellavista. This neighborhood is dwelling to the very best focus of murals and graffiti in all of Chile.
If you need to get an insider’s have a look at these colourful works, there are many excursions accessible. Tours can final wherever from 2 hours up to 5 days and sometimes value between $10 USD and $25 USD per individual. Most excursions will take you thru a number of totally different neighborhoods, however some give attention to only one space or particular kind of road artwork—like graffiti artists who use stencils slightly than paint or chalk on the sidewalks!
No matter what sort of tour you do, they’ll all lead via Bellavista the place most vacationers begin out earlier than branching out into different neighborhoods like Providencia (one other in style vacation spot).
12. Central Market
The Central Market is a superb place to eat, purchase souvenirs, and even buy meals. There are a number of sorts of distributors contained in the market that promote every thing from flowers and fruit to meat and fish. This lovely constructing was in-built 1872 and has been restored a number of instances over time.
13. Emporio La Rosa
Emporio La Rosa is a well-liked ice cream store in Santiago, Chile. It was named one of many prime 25 ice lotions on this planet by Time Magazine in 2012. There are a number of shops in Santiago. Just put its identify in Google maps to discover one close to you.
In addition to its extra conventional flavors akin to chocolate and dulce de leche (which tastes like caramel), in addition they make some distinctive Chilean flavors like murta (Chilean myrtle) and lucuma. You can get a cup or a cone they usually have milkshakes too! They’re open from 10 AM-10 PM each day besides Sundays when it’s closed; I like to recommend getting there early in order for you a cone since most individuals go for cones slightly than cups.
14. La Chascona – Pablo Neruda Museum
Pablo Neruda was a well-known Chilean poet. The Museo de Pablo Neruda is positioned in the home the place he lived and labored, and it’s a fantastic place to be taught extra about his life and work. If you’re taking the funicular up to Cerro San Cristobal you’ll be able to simply make a detour to see this museum. It is positioned within the Barrio Bellavista neighborhood as properly.
The museum has a lot of his private objects on show together with garments, books, work, furnishings and even some meals that was left over from meals at his home. His desk can also be there so you’ll be able to see the place he wrote a few of his most well-known poems akin to “Ode to My Socks” or “Twenty Love Poems for Dummies” (okay we made that final one up).
15. Museo de Historia Natural (Museum of Natural History)
The Museo de Historia Natural is one other must-see for any customer to Santiago. This museum provides a variety of reveals about Chile’s pure atmosphere and the animals that reside there. The museum additionally has a planetarium, the place you’ll be able to be taught extra about astronomy from an professional astronomer. The museum was based in 1883 by Antonio Varas, who was additionally president at the moment, so it is without doubt one of the oldest museums in Chile.
We Met the President of Chile
After visiting the Museum of Natural History we walked throughout the road to eat lunch at a beautiful terrace overlooking the park. During our lunch, the folks began asking a person for images who was eating there as properly. We requested the subsequent desk ‘Is this man famous?’ and he mentioned, ‘He is the president of Chile’. We mentioned, ‘yeah right.’ And then the supervisor mentioned, ‘Yes he’s!
He was leaving similtaneously us, so we launched ourselves and mentioned we have been from Canada and we chatted for a bit and mentioned in our pleasure, “We’ve never even met our Prime Minister before!” He mentioned “I’ve met Justin (Trudeau)”
He then requested if we have been going to Patagonia as a result of that’s the place he’s from. And we mentioned, ‘We will say hi to your home for you’ His Excellency Gabriel Boric was very gracious, pleasant and welcoming. We are nonetheless a bit in shock that we really talked to a President of a rustic out in a traditional on a regular basis setting. And that occurred on our first day in Santiago. Not a foul first day in Chile!
16. Museo de la Memoria y Los Derechos Humanos (The Museum of Memory and Human Rights)
The Museum of Memory and Human Rights commemorates the atrocities carried out by the dictator Augusto Pinochet between September 11, 1973 and March 10, 1990. Unfortunately, it was closed after we took the metro out to see it on a Monday, however it’s a place that needs to be visited when in Santiago. Inside there are shows depicting the torture and indignities that came about throughout this brutal reign.
17. Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino (Museum of Pre-Colombian Art)
The Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, or the Museum of Pre-Colombian Art, is positioned within the Bellavista neighborhood which is a superb place to see a few of Santiago’s finest road artwork. This museum has an in depth assortment of pre-Columbian artwork from throughout Latin America in addition to artifacts from Chile and Easter Island.
The museum was based in 1888 and it’s considered one of Chile’s oldest museums on show! There are over 6,000 items on show right here at this museum so that you’ll positively need to include a number of visits in order for you to see every thing! The museum itself is open each day from 10 am – 6 pm (besides Mondays).
18. Watch Sunset from the W Hotel
One of our favourite locations to watch the sundown was to go to the highest of the W Hotel. Overlooking the Andes Mountains, the town, and Sky Costanera it greeted us with gorgeous views. There is a bar and rooftop patio full with an infinity pool.
Make positive to ebook reservations because the patio is for friends of the lodge. We received fortunate they usually allow us to up however, you will have to ebook a desk. Be ready to spend some cash. We paid about $15 USD per cocktail. But it was price it for the view and ambiance.
19. the Museo Historico Nacional
A go to to the Museo Historico Nacional is a good way to find out about Chile’s historical past. The museum is positioned proper subsequent door to the Plaza de Armas and is simple to discover. As you enter, you’ll be greeted by a powerful assortment of weapons and artifacts from numerous intervals all through Chilean historical past. You’ll additionally see a number of totally different uniforms worn by troopers relationship again centuries in the past, together with these worn by Native Americans or Spaniards through the colonial interval.
Address: San Francisco 469, Providencia
20. Cementerio General de Santiago (General Cemetery)
Cementerio General de Santiago (General Cemetery) is a must-see for historical past buffs. You’ll discover the mausoleum of Nobel Prize-winning poet, Pablo Neruda, in addition to a number of different notable figures from Chile’s previous buried there (together with Gabriela Mistral, who gained the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1945). The cemetery was established in 1822 and continues to be an lively burial floor right now.
If you’re into issues that go bump within the evening, you’ll have enjoyable on a ghost tour of Cementerio General de Santiago. Tours final about an hour and a half and embody stops on the grave of Carlos Gardel (a well-known tango singer) and Pablo Neruda
Santiago is a large metropolis with quite a bit to do
There are loads of issues to do round Santiago on straightforward day journeys. Here are just a few solutions to get you out of the town.
21. Day journey to Valparaiso
Valparaiso is a port metropolis in Chile, and you’ll take a ferry from the port of San Antonio to Valparaiso. This is an particularly in style day journey for guests who want to see the colourful homes and hillside views, in addition to the numerous murals and road artwork on buildings all through the town.
Valparaiso has been nicknamed “La Ciudad de las Artes” (The City of Arts) due to its many museums, theaters, galleries and music venues. The most spectacular attraction right here is Cerro Alegre; it’s actually a hill however provides 360-degree views over Valparaiso’s bay space the place you will note colourful homes constructed into hillsides together with church buildings scattered all through this picturesque townscape.
22. Andes Mountains, Valle Nevado, El Colorado
The Andes Mountains run the size of Chile and Argentina, which suggests they’re typically seen from Santiago. They’re the longest mountain vary on this planet, they usually include a few of the most lovely surroundings you could find wherever on Earth.
The Andes are dwelling to two peaks that truly make it into their very own class: Aconcagua (22,841 ft), which can also be the tallest peak outdoors Asia; and Ojos del Salado (23,838 ft), a volcano in northern Chile with an lively crater on prime that has been lively for over 400 years.
Valle Nevado is a ski resort shut to the town. In the winter is provides the most effective ski and snowboarding in South America and in the summertime you’ll be able to do some downhill mountain biking.
23. Wine Tasting in Chile Valley
Santiago is the right base for wine tasting in Chile. The nation produces 40% of the world’s wine and is finest recognized for its reds, produced from grapes grown excessive up within the Andes Mountains. There are many alternative vineyards to go to all through Santiago however we advocate beginning with a go to to Chile Valley.
The Maipo Valley is dwelling to a few of the finest vineyards in Chile, they usually’re all inside straightforward attain of Santiago. A wine-tasting tour here’s a should for any wine lover, as you’ll have the opportunity to pattern quite a lot of wines produced from totally different grapes at every winery. Many excursions can even embody lunch or dinner at one of many wineries in your means again into Santiago.
This tour takes you to two prime wineries, Concha y Toro and Viña Undurraga the place you’ll take pleasure in 3 tastings at every winery whereas studying concerning the Chilean wine business.
Map of the Best Things to do in Santiago
As you’ll be able to see, there are many issues to do in Santiago. Whether you’re on the lookout for a day journey or an in a single day journey, there’s one thing for everybody! We spe
Santiago is the capital of Chile and considered one of Latin America’s largest cities. It has a inhabitants of over six million folks, which makes it dwelling to greater than half of Chile’s complete inhabitants. Santiago has every thing you’d need in a giant metropolis: a powerful skyline, buying malls, museums, and theaters galore!