Chile Things to Do

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Chile Things to Do

  • Plaza de Armas

    4 out of 5 stars

    Santiago Things to Do

    The Plaza de Armas is the very core of Santiago. It is here that the founder of Santiago, and the leader of the Spanish Conquistadores, Pedro de Valdivia built his home (which is now the Correo Central aka Post Office).

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  • Moon Valley

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    San Pedro de Atacama Things to Do

    Wonderful landscape ! You shouldn't miss it ! Book a tour that will take you to Death Valley and then you will have the chance to enjoy an unforgettable sunset here. On the way you will stop at Tres Marias, a rock formation that looks like three women preying, with a lot of imagination, of course... Then you will have a look at the salt flat...

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  • rio peñoñes

    Ovalle Things to Do

    Only one kilometer away from the center of Ovalle, leaving along Route D 55, is Los Peñones bathing resort. In this place residents and visitors gather to enjoy a real oasis in the middle of the hills of little vegetation.

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  • Cerro San Cristobal

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • El Tatio geysers

    San Pedro de Atacama Things to Do

    The trip started at 4.30 in the night so we felt sleepy and tired but the million star night sky was a great reward ! Soon we all felt wide awake and happy we were there. The Milky Way was brightly arching the entire sky. I had never seen it so bright. Mars looked immense! After half an hour ride and a lot of freezing-a warm jacket is highly...

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  • Cerro Santa Lucia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Santiago Things to Do

    There is a metro station to that place. It is worth to spend there at least one hour, it is a lovely place and the views over Santiago from the cerro are wonderful. Apart from Pedro de Valdivia statue you will find aother one about an indian.

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  • Death Valley

    San Pedro de Atacama Things to Do

    I enjoyed this place so much I visited there 3 times: once for hiking, once on horseback and once for sandboarding. Most agencies will organize a hike of this place along with the tour for Valle de La Luna. Walking barefoot in this totally alien landscape on top of and down a sand-dune and admiring the spectacular volcanos in the background is an...

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  • La Moneda

    4 out of 5 stars

    Santiago Things to Do

    La Moneda is a palace built during colonial spanish times (works started in 1785) by an italian architect, Joaquín Toesca. You can visit it inside, and the patio de los cañones. I was lucky to be there during the changing of the guards, with horses and music. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- PALACIO DE LA...

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  • Atacama salt flat

    San Pedro de Atacama Things to Do

    The enormous salt flat is quite a sight especially in the sunset light ! It's the largest in Chile and it's actually a salt lake covered by a thick layer of hardened salt. There are guides sharing their knowledge with the tourists walking on a restricted path. If you look into the water in the pools you can see the microorganisms which are food for...

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  • Metropolitan Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Quitor

    4 out of 5 stars

    San Pedro de Atacama Things to Do

    Pukará de Quitor (Fort of Quitor) is located 3 Kms. from San Pedro, over the hill of Quitor. This Pukará was build by the atacameño people to defend themself from other towns that inhabited Southamerica.

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  • Iglesia De San Francisco

    Santiago Things to Do

    Gabriela Mistral won the Nobel Price of Literature and donated the golden medal and document of the prize to the church of San Francisco. You can see it inside. I did not, I did not know this fact when I visited the church and the museum, what I regret. Only when I open the picture of the plaque that I show here I learnt it. But it was too late, I...

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  • P. Le Paige museum

    San Pedro de Atacama Things to Do

    The famous “mummies” (actually they are very well preserved bodies) were removed from the Museum´s exhibition in May 2007, due to a demand from the Lickanantay (local natives) community. This demand is related to the New Treaty of Historical Truth which was established by the Chilean Government and Native Chileans representatives. But even without...

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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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  • Caves

    San Pedro de Atacama Things to Do

    When we took a tour which combined the Death Valley, Moon Valley and Quebrada de Kari I didn´t really know what this part of the tour would be like. It is a relatively recent addition to some of the available tours and involves a bit of a trek which was what attracted us to going on it. For me, this part of the tour was a highlight of my trip to...

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  • Barrio Bellavista

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Mercado Central

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Las Chascona - Pablo Neruda's House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Concha Y Toro Vineyards

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Museo Pre Columbian

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Skiing

    Santiago Things to Do

    ROBBERS!!! Do not go with this company!! They charged us for 2 snowboards that THEY lost!! All we got was a nasty phone call the next morning threatening to charge us and did not even give us time to prove we gave them back!! We have a form that was signed by the staff that said 2 boards were returned and we we're also given a form with SOMEONE...

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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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  • Biblioteca National

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Vin del Mar

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Parque de las Esculturas

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Valparaiso

    Santiago Things to Do

    HecTours gave us an unforgettable day in Vina del Mar and Valparaiso. The personalized, professional service was unparalleled. Our guide did an outstanding job giving us an authentic experience in these two fantastic towns. We enjoyed a superb lunch at a classy restaurant. We were given a rich lesson in the history and culture of Chile while...

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  • Pub Crawl Santiago

    Santiago Things to Do

    Pub Crawl is the only tour of bars in Santiago. We go to 4 places in one night. we start with unlimited beer and drinking games, then we got to 2 bars, at each bar you get a welcome shot and 2x1 disc and then we "end" the night by going to the club! more info at +56982994086 (Bobbie_)

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  • Plaza Baquedano

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Palacio Cousino

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • Estacion Mapocho

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Palacio de la Real de la Audencia

    Santiago Things to Do

    The Palacio de la Real de la Audencia (Chilean National History Museum) was completed in time (1808) to be used as the first Chilean Congress after the Declaration of Indepedence from Spain in 1811. It was also the official office of the first President of Chile, Bernardo O'Higgins. Today it serves as the premier national history museum in Chile.

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  • try a Pisco Sour !

    Even if you have never had a sip of alcohol in your life you should break your rules and try it ! Pisco sour is for Chile what Caipirinha is for Brazil. A light refreshening drink that comes from..grapes..well, it's also sort of a trap because you will probably try a second one...But it's ok since you most probably will not have to ..drive...! ...

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  • Sebastiana-Valparaiso

    There is no doubt Neruda treated his houses as delicately as he treated a woman. He paid special care on every detail..There is the signature of his idiosyncrasy on each item having the honour to have a place in his collections. I remember a detail in the bathroom next to his dining room, which his guests were mostly using. It has a mirror that...

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  • last Kawashkars - Puerto Eden

    Somewhere in the middle of the distance between Puerto Natales and Puerto Montt there is a small village spreading along the coast. It is completely cut off from "civilisation", which sounds good to me, but not to them because they are dependent on the rare ships navigating that way, for their supplies. Kawashkars were animists believing in the...

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  • from San Pedro to Uyuni, Bolivia or...

    One of the most enjoyable trips in Chile was crossing the borders with Bolivia. The trip lasted 3 days, 2 nights and we had a lot of fun. I happened to have great co-travellers and we went on together to Bolivia. The most striking sights were Laguna Colorada and Salar de Uyuni. But there were many more interesting things to see and do in the whole...

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  • Valparaiso

    My favourite city in Chile, Valpo as locals call it, has some unique characteristics that make it unforgettable. The most obvious is its geography. Expanding for years on the mountainous land the city has climbed on all levels of the slopes, thus giving incomparable views from every point. That's why Pablo Neruda built his house, "Sebastiana" here....

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  • Cerro La Campana

    It is declared a "Biosphere Reserve" by UNESCO because it is an area of great biodiversity. It is said that Charles Darwin was amazed with the view on the top. There is a couple of hour walk to a view point and about 4 hours for the top. You must also walk for one kilometer before you reach the entrance and pay the small fee. There are various...

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  • Viña del Mar

    Viña del Mar, the" Garden City" as its nickname is ("Ciudad de Jardin"), in part deserves its name with the abundance of parks and arrays of trees alond the streets. Its history pages start just in 1892 when Salvador Vergara founded the new city. The huge beach in front is usually packed with local bathers and is the main attraction of the city....

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  • Santiago - Cerro San Cristobal

    Cerro San Cristobal is a part of the Cerro Metropolitano Park. People go up on foot , by bus or by "teleferico". This electric raiway carriages carrying about 15 persons each. After the first stop from where you can visit the Virgen, a giant statue of The Virgin with her arms open to a love giving gesture. The panorama would have been fantastic if...

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