5/5 - Excellent
Verified traveller2 Nov 2019
Museo Ralli is a very impressive art gallery devoted to Latin American art of the last century.
The capital city of Chile is famous for its colonial-era architecture, lively arts scene and breathtaking mountain scenery.
Santiago is dynamic, historic and entertaining with its art galleries and theaters, colonial architecture and modern shopping districts. Nestled between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, the picturesque Chilean capital has a pleasant temperate climate year-round.
Santiago’s heart is Plaza de Armas, an animated square surrounded by historical monuments. Visit the Catedral de Santiago and the National History Museum, housed in the elegant Palacio de la Real Audiencia. Sit at a café terrace and observe street performers, artisans and preachers. Discover ancient Latin American cultures at the nearby Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.
Walk along the pedestrianized commercial street Paseo Ahumada to the iconic Santiago Stock Exchange Building. Tour the Palacio de la Moneda and see the visual arts exhibitions at the Centro Cultural La Moneda. Browse the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural in Quinta Normal Park.
Escape the city’s bustle at Parque Forestal and visit the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo. Sample local seafood, such as picocoros, at the Mercado Central. Explore the bohemian Bellavista neighborhood and visit La Chascona, the former home of the famous poet Pablo Neruda. Ride the funicular up to Cerro San Cristóbal for views of Santiago’s skyline and the Andes.
For more excellent views, climb Cerro Santa Lucía, where Pedro de Valdivia founded Santiago. See the nearby 16th-century Iglesia San Francisco and the Teatro Municipal de Santiago. The modern Providencia neighborhood is home to the mall and skyscrapers of the Costanera Center.
Santiago is a 2.5-hour drive from the Chilean coast and the border of Argentina. You can fly to Santiago Airport or take a long-distance bus from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil or Peru.
Although relatively wealthy for a Latin American city, Santiago still has poverty. Take all regular precautions to have an enjoyable experience without incidents. Purchase a Bip!-card to make the most of Santiago’s comprehensive public transport system. Don’t miss the mural by Mario Toral at the Universidad de Chile metro station, symbolizing Chile’s past oppression and newfound freedom of expression.
Visit this central Santiago neighborhood to relax on the lawns of Forest Park, eat in one of its many restaurants and browse weekend antique fairs.
Streets lined with murals, boutique shops, a lively nightlife, a picturesque urban park and a hilltop lookout make this one of Santiago’s most exciting neighborhoods.
Reviewed on 13 Nov,2019
Reviewed on 3 Oct,2019
Visit the courtyards of this magnificent neoclassical palace, watch the changing of the guard ceremony and enjoy contemporary and visual art exhibitions.
Visit this picturesque hilltop and urban park, which has spectacular city views, walking trails, botanical gardens and family-friendly activities.
Discover hundreds of retail outlets, cafés and restaurants, and see one of South America’s tallest buildings at this modern retail and business center.
This historic central square is home to magnificent works of architecture, museums and a nice blend of city workers, street performers and artisans.
Look around the historical buildings of Chile’s principal university for a glimpse into the lives of the local students and researchers.
Climb the elegant stairs to the top of this central hill to enjoy panoramic views of Santiago and admire the ornate fountains, flower displays and amphitheater.
Explore the Chilean coast with a guided tour of 2 of the country’s seaside gems—the charming hillside port city of Valparaiso and picturesque beachfront Viña del Mar.
We invite you to discover Santiago, a cosmopolitan city which has become one of South America’s most modern hubs. Described by the international media as a surprising destination, Santiago stands out for being a cosmopolitan and modern city that perfectly combines its traditions with a modern outlook.
Meet your guide at La Moneda in the Plaza de la Constitucion, a popular and iconic local gathering place, and head to the neighbourhood of La Alameda, distinguished by its gorgeous architecture that blends the new and old.
Get out of the city for a full day exploring the spectacular natural scenery of Cajón del Maipo. Take in the fragrant mountain air and dramatic landscapes, and make a visit to the traditional town of San José de Maipo, where you learn some of the region's local customs.
Make the most of your layover at Santiago International Airport (SCL) with a private tour of the Chilean capital. This comprehensive excursion takes you to all the city's must-see sights and drops you back at the airport in plenty of time to catch your next flight.
Through a unique and unforgettable experience, you can discover the hills surrounding the port of Valparaiso (World Heritage), the Garden-City of Viña del Mar and the secrets of the Casablanca Valley.
Verified traveller21 Oct 2019
Santiago was great for 6 days, it’s a very walkable city - we did the free walking tour, which is very good. The climb up San Cristóbal hill is also lovely. On the final day there was rioting, a state of emergency and a curfew imposed.