Our trip to Chile wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to the capital, so towards the end of our stay we decided to visit Santiago. We had 4 days to discover what the city was all about, so we set out to visit the main attractions, sample Chilean food (Comida Chilena), and explore various neighborhoods on foot. We may not have been able to see it all, but the following is our experience in the city. For anyone planning a similar trip, here’s a look at 20 things to do in Santiago de Chile on your visit:
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20 Things to do in Santiago de Chile Travel Guide
1) Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santa Lucía)
2) Lastarria Neighborhood (Barrio Lastarria)
3) Gelato Ice Cream at Emporio La Rosa (Helado)
4) Funicular ride to Santiago Metropolitan Park (San Cristóbal Hill)
5) Chorrillana (French fries with sliced beef and onions)
6) Plaza de Armas (main square of Santiago)
7) The Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago (Catedral Metropolitana de Santiago)
8) Panoramic Sunset views of Santiago at the Sky Costanera (Costanera Center Torre 2 – Gran Torre Santiago) or from a rooftop apartment
9) Pisco Sour as a beverage in the afternoon or evening
10) Mercado Central de Santiago (Central Market)
11) Ceviche for lunch at Mercado Central de Santiago
12) Parque Forestal de Santiago de Chile (Forest Park)
13) Palacio de la Moneda (Coin Palace)
14) Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda (Cultural Center)
15) Empanada as a snack
16) Craft Beer (Cervezas Artesanales)
17) Barrio Bellavista (Bellavista Neighborhood)
18) MNBA – Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts)
19) MAC – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Contemporary Art Museum)
20) Paris-Londres Neighborhood (Barrio París-Londres)
Our visit Santiago travel guide covers some of the top attractions including the best in arts, entertainment, museums, nightlife and restaurants (Cocina Chilena). We also cover off-the-beaten-path activities that you won’t find in your typical tourism brochure or Santiago city guide.
20 Things to do in Santiago, Chile City Guide | Top Attractions Travel Guide Travel Video Transcript:
Santa Lucia is an urban park smack dab in the middle of Santiago and it’s a popular hangout in the afternoons and weekends. The hike is a pleasant one with lots to see, including fountains, spiralling staircases, defensive forts, sprawling gardens, and cool lookout points.
Lastarria is a neighbourhood located just east of Santa Lucia hill and it was once the bohemian hub of the city.Today it is very popular with tourists as it offers an outdoors flea market, an international mix of cafes and restaurants, & live music.
For panoramic views of the city, ride the funicular to the top of San Cristobal Hill.
Plaza de Armas is the heart of Santiago’s historic centre. There are lots of benches under the cover of palm trees, and the place is buzzing with activity. The Metropolitan Cathedral is located in the historic centre of Santiago overlooking the square. The construction you see today dates back to the year 1800, since previous cathedrals were destroyed in earthquakes.
Santiago’s Central Market is the place to come for the freshest food. You’ll find rows of restaurants serving up everything from grilled fish to ceviche. We really like our ceviche, so we found a place serving exactly that.
Parque Forestal is a park that forms a long stretch of greenery along the Mapocho River. It’s a nice green escape in the middle of the city.
Palacio de la Moneda is the seat of the President of the Republic of Chile. This is where you can come to watch the changing of the guard. Just underneath Palacio de La Moneda, you’ll find Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda, which is a cultural centre featuring exhibitions, design shops, and a small selection of cafes.
Bellavista is a cultural hub with lots of theatres, cinemas, cafes, museums, and restaurants. The most famed home in the neighbourhood is La Chascona, the home of the famed Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.
And that’s a wrap for the Chilean capital! We hope you enjoyed this Santiago travel guide and that it gave you a few ideas of things to do, places to visit, and Chilean dishes to try in the city.
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