Región Metropolitana de Santiago Things to Do

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Región Metropolitana de Santiago Things to Do

  • Cerro San Cristobal

    Santiago Things to Do

    If you are visiting Santiago in Chile one of the highlights has to be the Cerro San Cristobal. The hill of Cerro San Cristobal can be reached by foot, by car via the road or by riding the funicular. Once you arrive there is a final walk to the summit where you will find the with 22 meter statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an amphitheater and...

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  • Plaza de Armas

    Santiago Things to Do

    The Plaza De Armas is more than a plaza, it is the heart and soul of Santiago. The size alone of the square is impressive compared to other plazas in South America. Within the space of the plaza there are a series of sculptures, fountains, and pretty trees with purple flowers. Then there are the massive buildings flanking each side of the...

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  • Cerro Santa Lucia

    Santiago Things to Do

    The expedition to the Kingdom of Chile led by Pedro de Valdivia came to the Central Valley in December 1540. After exploring the vicinity of Mapocho river, on December 13th, 1540, the expedition settled at the foothills of a small mountain. Here the Spanish conquistador built a stronghold and a watch point to control the surroundings. The hill -...

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  • La Moneda

    Santiago Things to Do

    La Moneda, is the seat of the President of the Republic of Chile and houses the offices of three cabinet ministers. It was originally built as the colonial mint with construction starting in 1784. The mint was opened in 1805 and coins were produced here until 1929. It became the seat of government and presidential residence in 1845. The Plaza de...

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  • Cajon del Maipo

    Santiago Things to Do

    My friend and I booked the "wine tour" package at Cascada de las Animas, an eco-tourism resort in the Cajón del Maipo. The wine tour includes transportation to / from Santiago, a tour of the Concha y Toro winery, lunch at Cascada de las Animas' restaurant, a hike up to the waterfalls, and zip-line across the Maipo River. We decided to stay 1 night...

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  • Metropolitan Cathedral

    Santiago Things to Do

    The site for the cathedral of Santiago was nominated as far back as 1541. Construction of the current church was started in 1748 and it was consecrated in 1775. The facades were added in 1780 and by 1800 the towers were constructed. Over the years the cathredral was augmented and substantial remodelling was completed in 2005. The Metropolitan...

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  • Mercado Central

    Santiago Things to Do

    Santiago's Mercado Central was opened on September 15th, 1872, by President Federico Errázuriz Zañartu, to house the Palace of Arts. Its construction took ten years, as the metalwork was made in England and then shipped over to Chile. In 1984 it was declared a National Monument. After an inaugural exhibition was held, it soon began to function as...

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  • Barrio Bellavista

    Santiago Things to Do

    Crossing the Pio Nona across the Rio Mapocho, you reach the Barrio Bellavista, Santiago's Bohemian Neighbourhood and at the foot of Cerro San Cristobal. Barrio Bellavista has some of the best bars and restaurants in the city. As well as the bars and restaurants, there is La Chascona, one of Pablo Neruida's homes (See separate tip for La Chascona).

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  • Las Chascona - Pablo Neruda's House

    Santiago Things to Do

    La Chascona is one of Pablo Neruda's residences. You can only explore the house on a guided tour but it's worth paying for. The house has a nautical theme throughout and the name, La Chascona, is named after Maltide, his wide, "the tangle-haired woman". I paid around 3500 CLP (October 2007) for the guided tour.

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  • Iglesia De San Francisco

    Santiago Things to Do

    A little bit further along the big and busy Avenido Libertador Bernardo O'Higgings, you can se the oldest church of the city : The Iglesia San Francisco. This Iglesia San Francisco dated from the beginning of the 17th century. This church inaugurated in 1628 and survived 3 earthquakes. Inside the church you can see the Virgen Del Socorro, brought...

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  • Museo Pre Columbian

    Santiago Things to Do

    Excellent but small (as all museums in Santiago were) museum of Native American Art, specializing in the advanced cultures of South and Central America. Part of the attraction here is the colonial building in which the museum is housed.

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  • Museo de Bellas Artes

    Santiago Things to Do

    This is a small but very nice art museum focusing on Latin American art. Not worth a special effort but well worth a drop in if within the neighborhood. The building itself is one of the prime attractions of this museum.

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  • Concha Y Toro Vineyards

    Santiago Things to Do

    There are many vineyards and wineries aound Santiago but if you are short of time a visit to Concha y Toro is probably the best. It is definitely set up for tourists but the tour of the grounds and cellars including tasting I found extremely interesting. The tour ends in the cellars of the famous Casillero del Diablo with the legend of del...

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  • Basilica de la Merced

    Santiago Things to Do

    The ornate pulpit of Basilica de la Merced really deserves an extra tip for its special architecture and its extra fine works of art. Just click on my photographs in order to enlarge them and enjoy the fine details, it is without doubt the most beautiful pulpet that I saw in South America so far.

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  • Casa Colorada

    Santiago Things to Do

    The Casa Colorada, built in 1769, is one of the most nicely preserved colonial buildings in Santiago. Again, not only has it survived the city's extreme modernization, it also made it through several devasting earthquakes. It was designed by Joseph de la Vega for Mateo de Toro Zambrano y Ureta, Royal Gorvernor of Chile and one of the most important...

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  • Biblioteca National

    Santiago Things to Do

    When you descend from The Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santo Lucia), you can not miss the National Library (Bibliotheca nacional); it is located along the Avenido Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgings. Do not be afraid, you just can walk in. This library is one of the biggest in South-America. Inside this Library there are some magnificent rooms. In...

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  • Nueva York

    Santiago Things to Do

    If the charming cobblestoned streets of Barrio Paris-Londres are reminescent of the Old World, Calle Nueva York definitely has more to do with The Big Apple! Indeed, at the corner of calle La Moneda and Nueva York, you'll find a scene that is somewhat similar to Times Square in New York City. "Wall Street" awaits at the corner of calle La Moneda...

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  • Barrio Paris Londres

    Santiago Things to Do

    Behind the Iglesia San Francisco, you find a very special quarter. It is named the Barrio Paris-Londres. It is nice to make a detour to walk along the cobbled stone streets and watch the architecture of the buildings over here, are we in Santiago or are we in Europe? Most of the villas build here, are now used as hotels.

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  • Vin del Mar

    Santiago Things to Do

    COMO LLEGAR En Santiago, la capital chilena, los buses hacia Viña del Mar se abordan en el terminal Alameda, en la avenida que lleva el mismo nombre. Los vehículos salen cada 15 minutos y el costo del pasaje es de 2,500 pesos (3 a 4 dólares). El viaje en autobús dura una hora y media aproximadamente. El camino es espléndido, pudiéndose apreciar...

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  • Palacio Cousino

    Santiago Things to Do

    Not far from Toesca subway station is Palacio Cousino. It was a palace that featured big in Santiago's high Society in the late 18th Century when it was built for dona Isidora Goyenechea. Goyenechea is the widow of Luis Cousina who made a fortune with coal and silver mining. The neoclassical palace is decorated with furnishings and decorations...

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  • Estacion Mapocho

    Santiago Things to Do

    The beautiful Estacion Mapocho was built in 1912 to celebrate Chile's 100 years of independence. It was first built to become the city's train station for the Santiago-Valparaiso railway, but as traffic steadily decreased in the 1970s, it was eventually closed and left in a state of disrepair. In the early 1990s, the Chilean governement invested...

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  • Skiing

    Santiago Things to Do

    How to get there: Toma la autopista urbana Costanera Norte, después Av. Kennedy y luego Av. Las Condes hasta el camino a Farellones. Sigue hasta la curva 40 y toma el desvío a Valle Nevado, desde donde te tomará 15 minutos llegar a

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  • Parque de las Esculturas

    Santiago Things to Do

    Of all the parks that you find in Santiago, the Park the Sculptures was one of prettiest and original. In all its extension you find sculptures, of different sculptor’s tendency very very original. Park design by German Banner .....the one from the photo is the one that but I like most De todos los parques que encuentras en Santiago, el Parque...

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  • Valparaiso

    Santiago Things to Do

    Valparaíso is one of the most important Chilean harbours, and is the see of Chilean Congress. The picture shows some pelicans near the harbour. Valparaíso es uno de los puertos más importantes de Chile, y es la sede del Congreso Chileno. La foto muestra varios pelícanos nadando cerca del puerto.

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  • Puerto Montt

    Santiago Things to Do

    Puerto Montt is a relatively new city in Chilean colonial history. It was founded by German colonists in 1853 and named after Manuel Montt, President of Chile between 1851 and 1861. The city is located at the northern end of Reloncavi Sound and has a role as the gateway to Patagonia to the south and to Bariloche in Argentina via the spectacular...

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  • Plaza Baquedano

    Santiago Things to Do

    Our hotel was located near the big Plaza Baquedano (also named plaza Italia). So we passed here every time. There was also the metro station with the same name here, which was very handy to explore the city. There were also lots of possibilities to explore the city on foot from here : - Via Av Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins (Alameda) in order to...

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  • Bolsa de Comercio

    Santiago Things to Do

    It is incredible walking by the streets of Latin America, and you will find the influence French, Spanish and English in the architecture on the streets, an example is the building of commerce stock-market has a French style Es increíble caminando por las calles de Latinoamérica, y encuentras la influencia francesas, española e inglesa en sus...

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  • SIGHT SEEING

    Santiago Zoo. A fascinating place to visit ,as it is built on the side of a hill ,which overlooks the city of Santiago. One can ride up the hill on a FUNICULAR [for a few pesos] or walk up the hill. While on top of the hill there are TRAMS to ride across this gigantic hill with views of Santiago below. WELL WORTH THE EXCURSION !!! Also, the Casa...

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  • A different kind of coffee

    Santiago has a unique business which I have seen in no other country - the cafe con piernas, translated literally as coffee with legs! These places usually have dark tinted windows, loud music pumping out of them and cater for guys. Inside you would think you are in a strip bar with flashing lights and women walking around wearing nothing but small...

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  • Beach trip

    There are lots of beaches around Vallparaiso and Vina del Mar and I went to quite a few of them during my year living in Santiago, but there was one that stood out - Quintay! To get an idea of it it's really best to look at my pictures but it is possibly the best lonely beach I've ever been to. Difficulty is getting there. There are no regular...

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  • Hidden National Park

    What most visitors to Santiago don't know is they have a gem of a national park right on their doorstep. It's mainly used by climbers but you can also do hiking and horse riding their, and it has some thermal baths. The place is called Ba?os Morrales and it's beyond San Jose de Maipo in Cajon de Maipo, a wine growing area. Basically you just follow...

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