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“A must in Santiago”
Review of Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas
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US$ 125.00*
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Private Tour of Santiago Including Wine Tasting
Ranked #79 of 555 things to do in Santiago
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This central plaza features famous monuments, the Governor's palace and is the point from which all distances to other parts of Chile are measured.
Reviewed 5 April 2018

I visited this area in the morning and afternoon. In the morning it is a lot quieter, and when the paths are getting cleaned, but you have a better opportunity to look around at not only the buildings but also at the area inside the square.

In the afternoon, more people are sitting around talking; music playing and just generally a happy atmosphere.

The buildings and areas surrounding this square are also worth a visit, so even if you are not interested it can be a good spot to just rest as you are able to sit on the benches whilst you are looking at other areas of Santiago.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The square is surrounded by many classic buildings many of which have been rebuilt after earthquakes. The palm trees are a bit of a mystery as the trunks appear to be covered with concrete and several are held up with steel supports

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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

Nice place to stop and sit and people watch however we didn't feel that there was much to see. We didn't stay long.

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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

On a Saturday afternoon this place is buzzing with people and entertainers. We enjoyed just wandering around the plaza watching and listening...

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

It's so central and such a magnet that you really can't get away with a visit to Santiago without crossing Plaza de Armas.
On two days we saw it all - artists sketching, dancers dancing (it actually appeared to be a formal ballet on one edge of this bustling hive) and joggers jogging.
The seats under the trees in the heart of the square are where the underworld meet the elite. Literally.
There are tramps sleeping off the effect of too much pisco sour, next to tourists looking for things on maps, while ladies of the night make muttered agreements with important looking men, and then set off to wherever the action is likely to take place... but keeping 10 steps behind them and nonchalantly looking around as if nothing untoward is about to happen.
It's the best people watching in South America, except, perhaps, for a couple of the busy streets and squares in the heart of Rio.
Smelly, colourful and varied, it's a must to see.

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