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One Day in Santiago

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Santiago is a charming jewel in South America. You will be impressed even before you land — from the airplane you will be able to gaze down at the Andes Mountains. The city will offer you a pleasant stay during which you can appreciate beautiful views, savor local wines, and enrich your food with the typical "palta" (avocado).

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Plaza de Armas

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)

Architectural Buildings

National Museum of History

History Museums

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Art Museums, History Museums

Central Market (Mercado Central)

Flea & Street Markets

La Moneda

Government Buildings

Paseo Ahumada

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Cerro San Cristobal

Mountains, Lookouts

Barrio Bellavista

Neighbourhoods

Patio Bellavista

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Lais G's City Tips

  • You can purchase a rechargeable card called "Tarjeta Bip!" for the subways and buses. Subway fares vary, depending on the time of the day.
  • The subway system is great, but be aware that it gets very crowded at rush hours, 8am-9.30am and 5pm-7pm.
  • Santiago has dry summers and mild winters. Prepare your wardrobe accordingly and remember to carry some lip balm to protect your lips.
  • Plaza de Armas
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Lais G Says:

    This big square is the historic center and the focal point of Santiago. It's full of life, usually very busy with local people walking by, artists, and people who are just relaxing or playing chess. It's surrounded by several tourist attractions: the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Museum of Sacred Art, the National Museum of History, the Central Post Office, and the City Hall.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The square is easily accessible by public transportation. Go to Plaza de Armas station on the Green Line.
    • Take some time to enjoy the fountains and sculptures along the square.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 493 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Busy plaza 16/10/2018
    • Decent 14/10/2018
    • Plaza de Armas
    Other:
  • Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)
    Architectural Buildings
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    Lais G Says:

    Rebuilt five times due to fires and earthquakes, the Metropolitan Cathedral is a must-see due to its breathtaking architecture. The cathedral is decorated with chandeliers, frescos, and beautiful altars.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Admission is free and it's possible to attend a mass. Check the schedule if you are interested.
    • As in any church, visitors are expected to be quiet and dress respectfully.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 493 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Atmospheric church of considerable beauty 17/10/2018
    • Stunning Architecture 13/10/2018
    • Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)
    Address:
    Plaza de Armas
    Santiago 8320147
    Chile
    Phone:
    +56 2 2696 2777
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • National Museum of History
    History Museums
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    Lais G Says:

    This is the ideal place to learn about the history of the country, from the pre-Columbian era through the 20th century. The museum has 18 different rooms displaying a collection of rural objects, traditional clothing, coins, and more. Don't forget to check out the stunning old clock at the top of its tower.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Closed on Mondays.
    • All museums operated by the Chilean Libraries, Archives, and Museums Board (Dibam) offer free admission to the public.
    • If you are feeling hungry, grab some empanadas nearby after your visit. One of the most traditional is "pino con pebre," a sort of meat turnover with fresh salsa.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 493 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • History of Chile, Conquistadors to Pinochet 01/08/2018
    • No translations 28/07/2018
    • National Museum of History
    Address:
    Plaza De Armas 951
    Santiago 8320096
    Chile
    Phone:
    +56 2 2411 7010
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
    Art Museums, History Museums
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    Lais G Says:

    This is a place to discover the art and culture of the Pre-Columbian era, not only from Chile but also from different places in Central and South America. The museum is well organized, displaying sculptures, jewelry, artifacts, and textiles.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is only one block away from the Plaza de Armas.
    • Closed on Mondays and major holidays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 493 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Absolutely the best place in Santiago 17/10/2018
    • Wonderful collection, an absolute must in Santiago 15/10/2018
    • Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
    Address:
    Bandera 361
    Santiago 8320298
    Chile
    Phone:
    +56 2 2928 1500
    Price range:
    US$ 10 - US$ 10
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Central Market (Mercado Central)
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Lais G Says:

    Although some people cross the Central Market off their lists, I still think it's a good spot to try some local food, especially when you only have one day in the city. If you don't mind walking in a busy place, you will be able to enjoy the amazing variety of fresh seafood that you will find here. Restaurants at the market can be very pricey and waiters will probably try to convince you to get a table, so walk around and choose wisely.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • My favorite dish is "Machas a la Parmesana," a saltwater clam with parmesan cheese.
    • If you would like to try some wine, I recommend the Carmenere. Chile produces the majority of this kind of grape available worldwide today.
    • Just across the street you can visit La Vega, another market specializing in fruit and vegetables, frequented by locals.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #145 of 493 things to do in Santiago
    • Crazy Fun to visit 18/10/2018
    • Fish Market, somewhat limited 16/10/2018
    • Central Market (Mercado Central)
    Address:
    Ismael Valdes Vergara 900
    Santiago 8320009
    Chile
    Phone:
    2/696-8327
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Fri
    6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Sat
    6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • La Moneda
    Government Buildings
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    Lais G Says:

    Originally a place where coins were minted, the building currently houses the presidential offices. With an impressive facade, it's located in front of the Plaza de la Constitucion. Every two days you can watch the changing of the guard ceremony in front of the palace at 10am.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • To visit the interior of the palace, you can book a guided tour in advance on the website.
    • There's a Cultural Center with exhibits located underground.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 493 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful 14/10/2018
    • Heritage 13/10/2018
    • La Moneda
    Address:
    Moneda S/N
    Santiago 9170007
    Chile
    Phone:
    +56 2 2690 4000
    Other:
  • Paseo Ahumada
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Lais G Says:

    A very busy commercial street that has been transformed into a pedestrian zone. It's a great place for shopping, as there are popular department stores like Falabella and Ripley alongside local stores.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Check one of the famous "Cafés con Piernas," like Haiti or Caribe. These are coffee shops where waitresses wear mini skirts and heels. They became very popular in the 70s.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #91 of 493 things to do in Santiago
    • Pedestrian area 10/07/2018
    • Typical pedestrian street. 01/03/2018
    • Paseo Ahumada
    Address:
    Ahumada
    Santiago 8320202
    Chile
    Phone:
    +56 2 2698 1284
    Other:
  • Cerro San Cristobal
    Mountains, Lookouts
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    Lais G Says:

    Appreciate the best view of Santiago's skyline and the mountains from the top of this hill in the enormous Metropolitan Park. Up here, you will find an iconic statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary that is 22 meters tall.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The funicular is the most convenient way to access the top of the hill. It closes on the first Monday of the month for maintenance. You can also access it by car or walking.
    • Late afternoon is a perfect time to visit, because you will be able to watch the sunset.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 493 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great views but bleak madonna at top 17/10/2018
    • Worth walking all the way up and down 16/10/2018
    • Cerro San Cristobal
    Address:
    Pio Nono 450
    Parque Metropolitano de Santiago
    Santiago 8320000
    Chile
  • Barrio Bellavista
    Neighbourhoods
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    Lais G Says:

    Bellavista is a colorful, artsy, and charming neighborhood in Santiago. It's the perfect spot to have dinner after a long day visiting the city. Full of restaurants, pubs, and dance clubs, it's my favorite area for enjoying the Chilean nightlife.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • There are some shops where you can find jewelry made with lapis lazuli, the official gemstone of Chile — a popular souvenir.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 493 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful part of Santiago to visit 13/10/2018
    • Variety awaits! 09/10/2018
    • Barrio Bellavista
    Phone:
    5595959595
    Other:
  • Patio Bellavista
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Lais G Says:

    A commercial complex in Bairro Bellavista that offers a variety of restaurants. A great place for having lunch or dinner, as it's open until late in the night. The restaurants are beautifully decorated and the environment is very charming!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • I suggest trying the delicious "pastel de choclo" (corn pie) for dinner.
    • "Piscola" and "Pisco Sour" are very popular drinks in Chile. Piscola is a popular mix of Coke and Pisco. Pisco Sour is a fancy cocktail with pisco, sugar, and lemon juice.
    • If you are not willing to spend much money, it's still worth coming just to check out the place or to have a few drinks.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 493 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Night full of options 16/10/2018
    • Good and complete gastronomical experience in an interesting reconverted cité 14/10/2018
    • Patio Bellavista
    Address:
    Bellavista
    Providencia
    Santiago 7500000
    Chile
    Phone:
    (56-2) 2 249 87 00
    Hours:
    Sun - Tue
    10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
    Wed
    10:00 AM - 3:00 AM
    Thu - Sat
    10:00 AM - 4:00 AM
    Other:
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