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  • SANTIAGO, CHILE CITY GUIDE

GETTING AROUND SANTIAGO

Santiago is a large, modern capital city, yet the historic center is walkable. It is also a very bike-friendly city—it’s flat, compact, has an ever-increasing network of bike lanes, and has a good bike-share program called Bike Santiago. The clean and efficient Metro system is also a great option. Ask your hotel concierge for the best way to reach your desired destination.

THINGS TO DO IN SANTIAGO

Map showing points of interest in Santiago1. PLAZA DE ARMAS

This central urban plaza is home to a range of
statues and stately buildings that line the perimeter. The lively atmosphere includes artisan shops, street musicians, and food stands.

2. SANTIAGO CATHEDRAL

Completed in 1800, the simple exterior belies the ornate neoclassical interior.

3. NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM

This museum of Chilean history and culture is housed in a 19th-century royal palace.

4. MUSEUM OF PRECOLOMBIAN ART

Considered a must-visit by many, permenant and rotating exhibitions showcase the rich cultural heritage and advanced societies of the Americas before “discovery” by the Europeans.

5. SANTA LUCIA PARK

A popular public park with colonial history. Walk to the top of the hill for views of the city and to see the iconic Hidalgo Castle. Cannonfire occurs each day at noon, and guided bilingual tours of the park are offered Sunday and Monday at 10 am.

6. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FINE ART

View modern and contemporary works by Chilean and international artists.

7. PABLO NERUDA’S HOUSE

Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet and politican had three houses. La Chascona is the only one located in the city and has been restored to look as it did when Neruda lived there.

DAY TRIPS

POMAIRE

About an hour southwest of Santiago, Pomaire is known for its handmade pottery, thanks to natural clay deposits nearby. It’s also known for giant empanadas for when you get hungry.

WINE COUNTRY

Guided wine tasting tours are available from Santiago for both the Casablanca Valley, known for its white wines, and the Maipo Valley, known for both its red and whites. Your hotel concierge should be able to assist with reserving a wine tour from the city.

CAJÓN DEL MAIPO

This area is for those who want to spend more time outdoors. Activities include hiking at El Morado Glacier and San Jose Volcano, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, soaking in hot springs, and exploring the El Yeso Dam. Ask your hotel concierge about arranging guided excursions from Santiago.

For hotel recommendations, please see the Pre- & Post-Tour section of your Trip Planner.

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