A selection of the ten best places to visit in Santiago, a vibrant city that enchants with its varied cultural offer and recreational options, full of corners and neighborhoods where you can walk, museums to visit and parks to rest.
1- Barrio Lastarria and Barrio de Bellas Artes:
Places to visit in Santiago Barrio Bellas Artes
Fine Arts Neighborhood. In the Flickr of TheFutureIsUnwritten.
One of the most charming places to visit in Santiago, two contiguous neighborhoods that captivate with their bohemian atmosphere, their extensive green areas and small streets lined by old heritage mansions, most restored and used as cafes, restaurants, design shops, bookstores and museums.
Among its main sites are the extensive Forest Park, a park designed at the beginning of the twentieth century with centennial oriental plantains that cross monuments and water sources, Cerro Santa Lucia with its terraces and viewpoints, and important cultural spaces such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center. More information on all its sites of interest, in the following article on the Barrio Lastarria and Bellas Artes.
2- Civic Center:
Places to visit in Santiago Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas. Mike Disharoon's Flickr.
Founding area of Santiago, including the surroundings of the Palacio de la Moneda, the west of Cerro Santa Lucía and the Plaza de Armas, a characteristic area for its large concentration of churches, heritage buildings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and a hectic activity that is maintained throughout the day.
Within its main sites, Plaza de Armas stands out, the true heart of the civic center, characteristic for being a meeting point between Santiago residents, immigrants, painters, humorists and street musicians. A few blocks away, it is worth mentioning the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, with an invaluable collection of pre-Hispanic pieces considered one of the best in the continent. For more information on all of its must-see sites, check out the following article on Centro Histórico.
3- Bellavista Neighborhood:
Places to visit in Santiago Barrio Bellavista
Patio Bellavista. Photo enviajes.cl
Another of the places to visit in Santiago that enchant with its bohemian life and collection of heritage properties, a vibrant area of the city against the backdrop of the enormous Cerro San Cristóbal.
Among the main attractions of Bellavista stands out its varied offer of places where to eat and dance, grouped in small zones according to similarity, being sectors of sophisticated gastronomical letter, others of beer and fast food, areas of cooks' shops and local with music in live or others oriented to the gay friendly community. Also in this area is the La Chascona Museum, home of the famous poet Pablo Neruda.
4- Metropolitan Park of Santiago:
Places to visit in Santiago Cerro San Cristobal
Views of the city from Cerro San Cristóbal. In the Flickr of GONZALO BAEZA.
One of the main tourist places in Santiago de Chile, considered the fourth largest urban park in the world, covering an area of 1,785 hectares. Its most famous area is located on Cerro San Cristóbal, a hill 280 meters high, with various trails that communicate with terraces, viewpoints and theme gardens.
Within its main sites, the summit stands out, an extensive esplanade that allows panoramic views of the whole city, place where the Sanctuary of the Immaculate Conception is located and the enormous statue of the Virgin Mary appreciable from numerous points of Santiago. Other places of interest are the Japanese Garden and the Mapulemu Garden. More information on the site of the Metropolitan Park of Santiago.
5- La Moneda Palace:
Places to visit in Santiago Palacio La Moneda
La Moneda Palace. In the Flickr of TheFutureIsUnwritten.
Presidential building located in downtown Santiago, a neoclassical style building designed in 1785 by architect Joaquin Toesca to house the Mint in colonial times. Guided tours allow visitors to tour its ground floor, patios and various rooms, among which is the emblematic room where former President Salvador Allende died.
In front of it is the Plaza de la Ciudadanía, an interesting esplanade of green spaces and water games that hides under its surface the Centro Cultural La Moneda, an underground enclosure that houses a cinema library, two temporary exhibition halls, spaces with permanent collections, shops, bookstore and cafeteria. For more information, visit the Cultural Center website.
6- Cousiño Palace:
Places to visit in Santiago Palacio Cousino
Cousiño Palace. Wikimedia Commons by Marcelo Ois Lagarde.
Palace designed in 1870 to house the Cousiño-Goyenechea family, one of the wealthiest families of the time, owners of the Lota coal mine, the Chañarcillo silver mine and the Viña Cousiño-Macul among other possessions.
Like most of the architecture of that period, it has an afrancesada appearance, with two levels where twelve rooms of different styles are distributed richly entertained. It is worth highlighting among them the "Golden Room", distinguished by its set of mirrors and silk curtains with gold applications made by hand. Beautiful gardens in their surroundings end up complementing the Palace.
7- Museum of Memory and Human Rights:
Places to visit in Santiago Museo de la Memoria
Museum of Memory. In the Flickr of mollymazilu.
Museum dedicated to the narration of the events that occurred in Chile during the military dictatorship, between September 11, 1973 and March 10, 1990. Inaugurated in 2010 as part of the country's Bicentennial works, it was designed by the Estudio América Office in Sao Paulo. Its architecture consists of a simple volume that rises above an enormous esplanade, which serves as a square or amphitheater for cultural shows.
The exhibition is organized in three levels, with interactive resources and visual and auditory supports that show both the everyday life during that period and the solidarity and pronouncement of the international community in the face of human rights violations that occurred at that time. More information on timetables and rates can be found on the museum's website.
8- Barrio el Golf:
Places to visit in Santiago Barrio el Gof
Isidora Goyenechea Avenue. Flickr de jikatu.
The financial heart of Santiago de Chile, a neighborhood characterized by its green areas, high towers covered with glass and other modern architectures, where hotels of large international chains, corporate buildings and offices have been located.
Another of its characteristics is its wide gastronomic and bohemian offer, being numerous restaurants and bars, some emphasized by its sophisticated gastronomic letter and others more relaxed with terraces outdoors, receiving a massive affluence of young people and office workers finished the Jordanian labor, enjoying the famous hour of the happy hour. More information about all their sites of interest, in the following article about Barrio el Golf.
9- Bicentennial Park:
Places to visit in Santiago Parque Bicentenario
Bicentennial Park. In the Flickr of jikatu.
One of the best places to visit in Santiago during the hot hours, corresponding to a beautiful park of 30 hectares located in the eastern sector of the city, a landscape intervention designed by architect Teodoro Fernandez in 2007, as part of the works to celebrate the bicentennial of independence.
The park begins in the Municipality of Vitacura, bordering the channel of the Mapocho River to the east, including artificial lakes, trails and a wide lawn esplanade where about 4,000 trees are dispersed. It is also worth mentioning the privileged view obtained from the urban profile of the modern buildings in the eastern sector of the capital. More information on accesses and opening hours can be found on the Municipality's website.
10- Cousiño Macul Winery:
places to visit in Santiago vina cousino macul
Viña Cousiño Macul. Photo enviajes.cl
Founded in 1856, corresponds to the largest vineyard located in Santiago, comprising a total of 120 hectares, a jewel hidden in the eastern sector of the city that captivates with its mountain landscapes, centennial trees, vineyards and old wineries built in brick and limestone.
The vineyard offers one of the best wine routes for those who do not want to leave the capital, with guided tours through the vineyards, the centenary winery, the old storage room, a small museum and wine tasting. Even though it is farther away from the other tourist places in Santiago, it is easily accessible by public transportation.