If you are passing through Santiago or if you are staying for a little longer, there are certain places in the city that you should definitely visit. These will help you to get to know the city in a better way and to familiarize yourself with the culture of the chileans.
Next we will leave you a list with the things you can do according to the time you’ll stay in Santiago, which in our opinion, may interest you, since there are places that you can’t miss while you are in the capital.
If you stay for a few days:
If you are in Santiago for a short period of time, it is recommended that you explore certain places to get an idea of what the city is like and how it works.
Palace of La Moneda:
As a first stop you could visit the Presidential Palace of La Moneda, this is located in the center of the city of Santiago. In this place you can see the guard change-over, which occurs at approximately 10 am. This occurs on alternate days.
Also in the lower part of the palace you can find the cultural center of La Moneda where art is exhibited.
This is a small neighborhood located in the center of the city, here you can find cafes and restaurants. The most characteristic thing of this neighborhood are its cozy streets and what you can find in them, such as small shops and small art galleries.
If you decide to visit this place, we also recommend you visit the Bellas Artes Museum, which is very close to Barrio Lastarria. Here you can find more than 5,000 works including paintings, photos, sculptures, among others.
Located at the top of the Costanera Center. In Sky Costanera you can experience the spectacular 360º view of the entire city and observe the wonderful sunset, thanks to the altitude that this skyscraper has. It is 300 meters high (985 feet), making it the largest building in Latin America.
On the ground floor of the Costanera Center you can find one of the largest shopping centers in the city.
This is a bohemian neighborhood, located on “Pío Nono Avenue”. In its streets you can find all kinds of restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs.
Here you can also visit Cerro Santa Lucia and climb to the top to see the sunset and have a better view of the city.
If you stay for more than a few days:
If your stay in Santiago more than a couple of days there are certain places that may take a little longer to visit and that might interest you.
Cajón del Maipo:
The Cajón del Maipo is located just 15 kilometers southeast of Santiago. In this place you can be more in touch with nature and enjoy restaurants with local food. If you are a lover of adventure and tourism, in this place you can do many activities such as rafting, trekking, canopy, among many other outdoor activities.
If you are in the Cajón del Maipo we recommend you visit the following places:
- Glaciar colgante El Morado
- El Yeso Reservoir
- San José de Maipo
“La Chascona” is one of the three houses that belonged to the chilean poet and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Pablo Neruda. This house is located in the Barrio Bellavista and currently works as a museum of Neruda’s collections. It is also the headquarters of the foundation that bears his name.
It is a must if you are a poetry lover.
Providencia is one of the perfect places to observe a typical chilean day, since here a significant number of people arrive every day at work. This is a place where you can see a bit of everything, full of buildings but also spaces with green areas.
Here you can visit places like:
- Sculpture Park
- Divine Providence Church
- Falabella Palace (the municipality of the commune)
The Bicentenario Park is one of the main parks of Santiago, is located next to the Mapocho River and has a total of 27 hectares. Here there are about 5,000 trees, where 1,300 are native species. The main attraction of this park is the northern lagoon inhabited by black-necked swans, flamingos, herons, among others.
It is a perfect place to know and relax.
If you stay for a week or more:
If you are staying in Santiago for a week or even more, the places you can’t miss to get deeper into the city are the following:
Paris and London neighborhood:
This place is perfect for a walk and to enjoy the cozy and quiet streets that it has. It is located only a few steps from the center of the city.
If you like photography, this seems to be one of the best places to do it and after that you can have a coffee and share a good time with your friends in the cafeterias around.
A trip to Valparaíso:
Since you will be in Santiago for about a week, it is worth visiting the city of Valparaíso, which is close to the capital.
Here you can visit the Cerro Concepción and the Cerro Alegre, enjoy the sea air, the cafes and restaurants that overlook the sea and walk through the streets of the city and see the murals that are in the walls filling the city with colors.
If you like poetry, here you can visit the second home of the poet Pablo Neruda, called “La Sebastiana”.
The Dominicos Village:
The Dominicos Village is located at the end of Avenida Apoquindo. Here you can find cultural centers, the famous artisan trade Pueblito de Los Domínicos (one of the most renowned tourist centers of Santiago) and you can also find the Church Los Dominicos, which is a cultural heritage and national monument.
“La Piojera”, which literally means “fleahouse” is one of the oldest and most recognized bars located in the center of Santiago. Here you can find typical chilean food and drinks as well.
The name “La Piojera” was granted by President Arturo Alessandri in 1922. This place is known for its popular atmosphere and for the famous chilean drink called “terremoto” (earthquake) made with piñon (sweet white wine), pineapple ice cream and grenadine or fernet.
If you are staying in Santiago you will have an amazing time with no doubts.