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This guide includes recommendations to take advantage of three days discovering the capital of Chile: the city of Santiago. Focusing on the heart of the city, you will feel like an authentic "Santiaguino" in no time. The first day is spent visiting some typical markets and historical buildings; the second, exploring some nature and sampling the nightlife; and the third, learning more about the country's turbulent past, and the situations that have left a deep mark on the Chilean culture. Enjoy!

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  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

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24 Places

Day 1

Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania

Speciality Museums, Historic Sites

Paseo Ahumada

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Art Museums

Plaza de Armas

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Central Market (Mercado Central)

Flea & Street Markets

Centro Cultural Estacion Mapocho

Points of Interest & Landmarks

La Vega Central

Flea & Street Markets

Barrio Patronato

Gift & Speciality Shops

La Piojera

Restaurants

Day 2

Cerro Santa Lucia

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Centro Cultural Metropolitano Gabriela Mistral

Theatres

Barrio Lastarria

Neighbourhoods

Emporio La Rosa

Restaurants

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Art Museums, Neighbourhoods

Parque Forestal

Parks

Barrio Bellavista

Neighbourhoods

La Chascona Casa Museo

Speciality Museums

Cerro San Cristobal

Parks

Day 3

Parque Quinta Normal

Parks

Museo Nacional de Historia Natural

Natural History Museums

Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos

Speciality Museums

Peluqueria Francesa

Restaurants

Centro Cultural Matucana 100

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Rafagome's City Tips

  • It is appropriate to tip 10% in restaurants, and usually "recommended" will be written at the bottom of the bill.
  • Try some of the typical food like empanadas, humitas, and paila marina; along with beverages such as Pisco Sour, Terremoto, and Piscola.
  • You can buy a "Bip" card to use on buses inside the city, and also for the metro (subway.) You must charge it with credit before you board.
  • The metro is a great way to navigate the city, but try to avoid the rush hour times: 7am to 9am, and 6pm to 8pm.
  • For your tour, just bring the "luxury of the essential" with you: an open mind, and common sense.
  • Remember, most museums in Chile are closed every Monday.
    Day 1
  • Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania
    Speciality Museums, Historic Sites
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    Rafagome Says:

    Located below Ciudadania Plaza and La Moneda, is the Chilean president's palace; the perfect place to start your journey across the city. Built in the early 1800s, it was damaged almost two centuries later in the 1973 military strike, and today the complex is home to an interesting cultural center. It hosts different exhibitions and rotating art displays year round, and also includes a cinema which shows all genres of film and documentaries.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The exhibitions are free Monday to Friday, 9am to 12pm. The rest of the time a small fee applies.
    • Inside this complex, you will find a coffee shop and also a gift shop.
    • Book at least seven days in advance and you can make a reservation for a guided tour inside the presidential palace.
    • The Cultural Center is open every day from 9am to 9pm.
    • La Moneda metro station is close by.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 463 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Closed 19/08/2016
    • Limited exhibits but has wifi & is Pokestop 15/08/2016
    • Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania
    Address:
    Plaza de la Ciudadania No. 26
    Santiago 8320000
    Chile
    Phone:
    +56-2-226904000
    Other:
  • Paseo Ahumada
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Rafagome Says:

    Close to Plaza de la Cuidadania, the Paseo Ahumada is a pedestrianized mall in the heart of the city center, and the most crowded shopping street in the city. To dive straight into Chilean life, join the 2 million people a day who walk along here!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • La Moneda metro station is close by.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 463 things to do in Santiago
    • A walk troug the heart of Santiago 07/06/2016
    • Nice pedestrian street... 29/05/2016
    • Paseo Ahumada
  • Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
    Art Museums
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    Rafagome Says:

    Stop by this really interesting and pretty museum, with more than 3000 artistic pieces on display, plus the original tools of the pre-Columbian cultures of America, including Aztec, Mayan, Olmec, Caribbean, Amazonas, and native Chilean populations.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
    • Affordable entry fee.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 463 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth going but not great 23/08/2016
    • A must see 22/08/2016
    • Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
    Address:
    Bandera 361
    No centro de Santiago, perto da Catedral Metropolitana.
    Santiago 8320298
    Chile
    Phone:
    +562 928 1500
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Plaza de Armas
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Rafagome Says:

    Plaza de Armas is the main city square, surrounded by nice old buildings. You will find a Plaza de Armas in every city, inherited from the time of Spanish rule. This kind of square was used by the army, to prepare before going to fight. Here, the priest from the main church would give them God's blessing before heading out to do battle. Surrounding the square, you can find the National Cathedral, the main post office, and the Historic National Museum.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Under the main post office is the Post and Telegraphic Museum; open Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm; free entry.
    • The Metropolitan Cathedral is the most important building in this catholic country, home to the Chilean archbishop.
    • The Historic National Museum is free, and open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
    • Besides the cathedral, between Cathedral and Puente street, you can find "Little Lima," the commercial area for many Peruvian immigrants.
    • Plaza de Armas metro station is close by.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 463 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Entertaining historic centre. 23/08/2016
    • Center of Santiago 22/08/2016
    • Plaza de Armas
    Address:
    Calle Compania and Calle Estado
    Santiago 8329001
    Chile
  • Central Market (Mercado Central)
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Rafagome Says:

    This national monument, built in 1872, houses over 200 local stalls and eateries. In 2012 it was voted "5th best market in the world" by the National Geographic Magazine, which in my opinion, is all down to its huge variety of products from the coast . All sorts of fish, octopus, squids, shrimps, crabs, oysters, clams, and much more can be found here - in short, all the seafood you can imagine!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try some traditional seafood creole recipes, such as mariscal, paila marin, or pescado frito.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 463 things to do in Santiago
    • Great place 23/08/2016
    • fascinating place, but make sure you get what you pay for 22/08/2016
    • Central Market (Mercado Central)
    Address:
    Ismael Valdes Vergara 900
    Santiago
    Chile
    Phone:
    2/696-8327
    Other:
  • Centro Cultural Estacion Mapocho
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Rafagome Says:

    An old train station, built in 1913 and kept in operation until 1987, you could once travel to destinations all over the country from here: To Iquique in the north of Chile, crossing the Atacama desert; to Valparaiso in the west; and to the east, crossing the Andes mountain range to the Argentinian city of Mendoza. Nowadays, it's a cultural center, where several exhibitions, shows, and cultural retrospectives take place.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Get info about the current exhibitions on the website. (If there are no special shows on during your trip, it is a nice place to visit anyway.)
    • Cal y Canto metro station is close by.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #78 of 463 things to do in Santiago
    • hundred+ year old train station turned cultural center 15/03/2016
    • another old train station 27/01/2016
    • Centro Cultural Estacion Mapocho
    Address:
    Plaza de la Cultura S/N
    Independencia and Balmaceda
    Santiago 8320000
    Chile
    Phone:
    +56 2 2787 0000
    Other:
  • La Vega Central
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Rafagome Says:

    This traditional market place is the main fruit market of Santiago, and you can buy almost everything here. Chaotic and noisy, it is a real spectacle of vendors promoting their products, and was named the '4th best market in the world' by British paper, The Daily Mail, in 2013. Come here yourself to see why.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try a natural juice.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #66 of 463 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Don't leave Santiago without checking it! 25/05/2016
    • Come in Summer 31/03/2016
    • La Vega Central
    Address:
    Calle Davila Baeza
    La Vega Central
    Santiago 8320000
    Chile
    Other:
  • Barrio Patronato
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Rafagome Says:

    This typical neighborhood in Santiago is known for its commercial trade, and while founded by Arabs, is nowadays home to a cosmopolitan mix of Peruvians, Chinese, Koreans, and Indians. You can find absolutely everything retail and wholesale here, and most at impressively low prices. In fact, this barrio is so packed with goods, that the layers of clothes and stacks of different items make it impossible to see the architecture!

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Walking around you can find some really tasty Asian food.
    • At the intersection of Patronato and Asunción street, you will find the smallest police station ever, no bigger than a magazine kiosk.
    • Patronato metro station is close by.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 132 Shopping in Santiago
    • Good place to buy clothes at good prices 18/05/2014
    • Clothing, clothing and more clothing 24/04/2014
    • Barrio Patronato
    Address:
    Calle Patronato y alrededores
    Santiago 8320000
    Chile
  • La Piojera
    Restaurants (Bar, Chilean)
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    Rafagome Says:

    A bar since 1896, La Piojera is considered iconic in Santiago. With such a long history, there many stories to be told here, and it has become part of the history of the city, visited by several Chilean presidents and famous local artists. It used to be considered a hidden gem, but is now becoming more popular; one that you certainly shouldn't miss. If you want to try traditional Chilean drinks, this is the place to come!

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Try at least a sip of Terremoto - which in my opinion is a bit too sweet - as well as different kinds of wine like Pipeño.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #183 of 3,678 restaurants in Santiago
    • It smelled like urine everywhere, it was discusting 06/08/2016
    • If you want some local color 10/07/2016
    • La Piojera
    Address:
    Aillavillu 1030
    near Puente Cal y Canto
    Santiago 8340717
    Chile
    Phone:
    56-2-26981682
    Hours:
    Sun - Fri
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Cerro Santa Lucia
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Rafagome Says:

    Baptized as Santa Lucia hill in 1540 by Pedro de Valdivia, two fortress' were later built here by the Spanish in the early 1800s, followed by Hidalgo Castle at the end of the same century. This hill of just 69 meters in altitude, located right in the heart of Santiago, is a natural lookout, from which you can contemplate the city with a panoramic view.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • While at the summit, read the plaque with the quotes that Charles Darwin wrote when he visited this area.
    • Look out for the humming birds that can normally be found around the red flowers here.
    • Bring some Chilean peso coins for the binoculars at the summit.
    • Santa Lucia metro station is close by.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 463 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very nice place to relax and have a refreshing walk 23/08/2016
    • Gorgeous views 23/08/2016
    • Cerro Santa Lucia
    Address:
    Av. O'Higgins
    Santiago
    Chile
    Phone:
    5691401819
    Hours:
    Sat - Sun
    09:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Centro Cultural Metropolitano Gabriela Mistral
    Theatres
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    Rafagome Says:

    This historic building was built for a UN meeting in 1972, and years later, was occupied by the military government, with the legislative and then the judiciary power to finally become the base of the ministry of defense. In 2006 the building suffered a big fire, and was rebuilt soon after in its current form: a large public cultural center with squares, conference rooms, library, and museum, always offering different exhibitions.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Universidad Católica metro station is the closest.
    • Free WiFi inside.
    • Inside there is a nice coffee shop.
    • On the balcony of B building, look through one of the pillar's holes to see the photo of a stone plaque with a message from those who built the building in 1972.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 463 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting 21/05/2016
    • Very cool building, space for street performance, sells tickets for shows 15/05/2016
    • Centro Cultural Metropolitano Gabriela Mistral
    Address:
    Avenida Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 227, Zocalo-1
    Santiago
    Chile
    Phone:
    56-2 2566 5500
    Other:
  • Barrio Lastarria
    Neighbourhoods
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    Rafagome Says:

    A historical, cultural, artistic, and gastronomic neighborhood in the middle of the noisy and crowded city. Here you will find lots of cafes, cinemas, theaters, the work of young designers, beautiful architecture, and also people selling books and antiques. Over the last few years, this place has become more touristy, and a meeting place for young hipsters - not to be missed!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • From Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm, the Fair of Antiquities and Books of Lastarria is held here.
    • Take your time, and even consider coming back on another day, as every corner has history worth exploring.
    • The vast range of accommodation options make Lastarria a good choice if you are looking for a place to stay in Santiago.
    • Santa Lucia metro station is close by.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 463 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice neighbourhood with very good restaurants 22/08/2016
    • Boheme 21/08/2016
    • Barrio Lastarria
    Address:
    Jose Victorino Lastarria Street
    Santiago
    Chile
    Phone:
    56226322121
    Other:
  • Emporio La Rosa
    Restaurants (Gluten Free Options)
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    Rafagome Says:

    This family-run ice cream parlor has become well known for the high quality of its hand made treats, and also for the diversity of flavors on offer. Perfect for a break during a tour of Santiago - stop by here for a scoop or two of more imaginative gelato!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try something new: chirimoya, lúcuma, menta albahaca, and chocolate peperoncino all come highly recommended.
    • Ask to try a few flavors before you place your order.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #68 of 3,678 restaurants in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best icecream 15/08/2016
    • Filled with flavor 02/08/2016
    • Emporio La Rosa
    Address:
    Merced 291
    Santiago 8320115
    Chile
    Phone:
    +56 2 2280 4100
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
    Art Museums, Neighbourhoods
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    Rafagome Says:

    The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Chile has existed since 1880, and was the first in Latin America. In 1910, it moved to this neoclassical building in Forest Park, where it has remained ever since. Although it has suffered damage from several earthquakes, and has had to be restored several times, its exhibitions are always interesting to explore. Currently, it contains more than 3,000 pieces across its various permanent and temporary exhibitions, representing a diverse range of artists.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Closed on Mondays (as are most museums and national parks in Chile.)
    • Bellas Artes metro station is close by.
    • Admission is free.
    • Inside there are toilets, a coffee shop, and a gift store.
    • Just behind the Fine Arts Museum, you can find the Modern Art Museum, established in 1947.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 463 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Art so so 23/08/2016
    • Just OK 22/08/2016
    • Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
    Address:
    Jose Miguel de la Barra 650
    Santiago 8320000
    Chile
    Phone:
    56-2 49 91 600
    Other:
  • Parque Forestal
    Parks
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    Rafagome Says:

    A nice park on the southern border of the Mapocho river, Parque Florestal is a quiet spot to simply stroll around. With more than 6000 trees, several statues, a fountain, and a 1.5 km cycle path, the park connects the Fine Arts Museum with Italia Square, from which you can head straight into the Bellavista neighborhood.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you have an allergy to pollen, you might want to avoid this park in September and October, as there are a large number of oriental plane trees.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 463 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Usefully located piece of green. 23/08/2016
    • Beautiful even in the winter 21/08/2016
    • Parque Forestal
    Other:
  • Barrio Bellavista
    Neighbourhoods
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    Rafagome Says:

    Barrio Bellavista is the main bohemian area of Santiago, with many restaurants, bars, and discos. Once a wealthy area, as is evident from the architecture found here, today it is popular for its weekend craft markets, shoppers looking to browse Lapislázuli jewelry, and for being home to 'Chascona' (one of Pablo Neruda's houses.)

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Lapislázuli is a blue semi-precious gem, that you can find only in Afghanistan and in Chile.
    • Baquedano metro station is the closest.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 463 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place to find a little of everything! 20/08/2016
    • Artsy communication 15/08/2016
    • Barrio Bellavista
    Phone:
    5595959595
    Other:
  • La Chascona Casa Museo
    Speciality Museums
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    Rafagome Says:

    This is one of the three house-museums of late Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. Neruda was a senator, presidential pre-candidate, ambassador to France, and Communist Party activist. In this house you will find part of his biography, his collection of various objects from around the world, and works of art by some of his famous friends.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • An audio-guide is available in English, German, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.
    • The other two houses are located in Isla Negra and Valparaiso.
    • Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 463 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very interesting place to visit 23/08/2016
    • Neruda's house in the city 23/08/2016
    • La Chascona Casa Museo
    Address:
    Fernando Marquez De la Plata 0192
    Bellavista
    Santiago 8320000
    Chile
    Phone:
    56-2-27778741
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Cerro San Cristobal
    Parks
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    Rafagome Says:

    At an altitude of 280 meters, the summit of this hill offers visitors an incredible view of the city of Santiago and the Andean Mountains. Together with two other hills, Cerro San Cristobal forms part of Parque Metropolitano de Santiago - one of the largest in the world, covering more than 700 hectares. Here you will find an 8 meter-tall statue of the Immaculate Conception, which was visited by Pope John Paul II in 1987.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It is possible to get to the summit by car, bicycle, funicular, or on foot.
    • From here you can access the metropolitan zoo.
    • Barbecue facilities are available.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 463 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gorgeous view of Santiago 23/08/2016
    • Amazing 23/08/2016
    • Cerro San Cristobal
    Address:
    Pio Nono 450
    Parque Metropolitano de Santiago
    Santiago
    Chile
    Phone:
    +56 2 27301411
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Parque Quinta Normal
    Parks
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    Rafagome Says:

    Founded in 1842 as an agricultural school, Parque Quinta then became the first public urban park in South America. It is an interesting, green area, great for a visit with the family in particular. Here, you'll find the Natural History Museum, the Museum of Science and Technology, and even a Railway Museum. In addition to all of this, you can simply relax. or even paddle in the small pond.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Railway Museum has 14 steam engines on display; great for the kids!
    • Try some street food here! I really recommend "choripan," a kind of hotdog made from chorizo, with some salsa.
    • Quinta Normal metro station is close by.
    • Closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 463 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Plenty of Trees and Museums 13/07/2016
    • Very nice park to walk in, lots of families and vendors 21/05/2016
    • Parque Quinta Normal
    Address:
    Quinta Normal, Santiago Avenida Matucana 520
    Santiago 8350410
    Chile
    Other:
  • Museo Nacional de Historia Natural
    Natural History Museums
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    Rafagome Says:

    Situated inside the Quinta Normal urban park, this museum opened its doors at the end of the 1800s. Several earthquakes damaged the building in 1906, 1927, and 2010; and after the latest round of repairs, it reopened in 2012 with a main exhibition entitled 'Chile Biogeographic.' This provides an interesting and informative summary of the various inhabitants of the country, and is a must for all those interested in learning more about the Chilean population.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Free entry.
    • Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5.30pm; Sundays and holidays 11am to 5.30pm. Closed Monday.
    • Here you can see a huge whale skeleton.
    • During the visit, you can watch scientists working on the restoration of different pieces - always sure to capture the kids' imaginations.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 463 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A good thing to do for an hour 21/08/2016
    • Small but Interesting Museum 13/07/2016
    • Museo Nacional de Historia Natural
    Address:
    Parque Quinta Normal s/n
    Interior Parque Quinta Normal
    Santiago 9170023
    Chile
    Phone:
    +56 2 2680 4603
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 17:30
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 - 17:30
    Other:
  • Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos
    Speciality Museums
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    Rafagome Says:

    This museum was created to show the violation of human rights that took place at the hands of the military government between 1973 and 1990. It provides an opportunity for deep reflection as to what really happened, to ensure that nobody will have to live through something like this again. Interesting, informative, and emotive.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • An audio guide is available in different languages. (English, French, German, Portuguese, Mapudungún, and Spanish.)
    • Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
    • There is a coffee shop, store, restroom, and parking available.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 463 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Powerful 23/08/2016
    • Start Here 22/08/2016
    • Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos
    Address:
    Avenida Matucana 501
    Interseccion Catedral
    Santiago 8350392
    Chile
    Phone:
    56-2-25979600
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Peluqueria Francesa
    Restaurants (French)
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    Rafagome Says:

    This venue is part vintage-style hair salon, part antique dining room, and the fusion of food with original fiittings makes dining here an unforgettable experience. Continue past the classic barbershop, and the 19th century, French-Italian style hair salon, and pass through the next door into an unusual and quaint restaurant. Full of antiques, and with every table unique, you're bound to enjoy the variety of tasty French dishes on offer here - from seafood to crepes to steak - and can even top-off your meal with a trim!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Visit the old grocery while you're here.
    • Guys: go for a classic shave of knife with hot towels after your meal.
    • Barbershop and hairdresser opening hours: Mon - Fri from 9am to 8pm; Sat from 10am to 7pm; and Sun from 11am to 4pm.
    • Restaurant opening hours: Mon - Fri from 11am - 1am; Sat from 10am to 2am; and Sun from 11am to 6pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #93 of 3,678 restaurants in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A French lunch in Santiago 02/08/2016
    • Very special place, not so good food 27/06/2016
    • Peluqueria Francesa
    Address:
    Calle Compania de Jesus
    2799
    Santiago
    Chile
    Phone:
    226825243
    Other:
  • Centro Cultural Matucana 100
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Rafagome Says:

    This cultural center was created with the mission of providing a space for a diverse range of cultural, scientific, technological, and social displays. You can visit many of the different exhibits here for free, while the cinema and other special events require tickets. This is a great place to explore, made all the better if you find something to watch while you're here.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is a coffee shop and toilets.
    • Normally closed on Monday. Check the website for details of opening hours and upcoming events.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #139 of 463 things to do in Santiago
    • Nice cultural centre 17/02/2016
    • Muy bueno! 21/08/2016
    • Centro Cultural Matucana 100
    Address:
    Matucana 100
    Av. Matucana No 100 Estación Central, Santiago - Chile
    Santiago 9170023
    Chile
    Phone:
    229649240
    Other:
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