From fascinating museums to breathtaking views, there is no shortage of things to do in Santiago, Chile! Before you pack your bags and head out for your adventure to the capital city here are ten of our favorite activities to do there.
Take the Funicular to Parque Metropolitano
This funicular takes you up to the top of Cerro San Cristóbal, providing for a breathtaking view of Santiago. We recommend doing this on your first day to really get a sense of the size of the city. You’ll also have an up close and personal view of the Virgen de la Immaculada – a large white statue that can be seen from various points throughout the city.
Visit the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Fine Arts Museum
Santiago’s fine arts museum is located in the appropriately named Bellas Artes neighborhood. The museum houses an impressive permanent collection as well as rotating exhibitions.
Shop and Eat at Mercado Central
The largest food market in Santiago is Mercado Central. Not only is this a great place to purchase handicrafts and souvenirs, but it’s also where seafood lovers will want to dine. There are many restaurants to choose from so walk around and do some people watching to see which restaurant locals are eating at and grab a table there!
Stroll Through Lastarria
One of Santiago’s trendiest neighborhoods, Lastarria is jam-packed with restaurants and boutiques. There are also plenty of street vendors with artsy wares.
Check out La Moneda
La Moneda is Chile’s presidential palace and is definitely worth stopping at soon after your flight. Booking a tour guide to learn more while you’re here is a great idea if it’s your first time exploring this city. After gazing at the impressive architecture, take in the surrounding atmosphere – old men playing dominoes, lovers strolling, and kids frolicking in the plaza fountains.
Visit Pablo Neruda’s Home
One of the biggest tourist attractions in Santiago is Neruda’s home, La Chascona. Here you’ll be able to tour the famous poet’s fantastic abode full of furniture and art that belonged to him and his third wife, Mathilde. The audio guide does a great job of explaining the details and significance behind everything in the home.
Have Brunch at The White Rabbit
After you’re done visiting Neruda’s home, enjoy a relaxed brunch on the terrace at The White Rabbit. This laid-back eatery – which boasts some of the best egg dishes in the city – is sure to please any foodie. Keep those mimosas flowing!
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Explore Cerro Santa Lucia
A true urban oasis, Cerro Santa Lucia is a huge green hill in the middle of the city (you can’t miss it). Take one of the winding staircases up to the top and see how many statues you can find hiding in the trees. It’s also a great place to have a picnic in the shade on a hot day.
Discover the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
Santiago’s fantastic pre-Columbian art museum is definitely worth a visit. The museum’s collection is comprised of over a thousand pieces on display, including textiles, ceramics, jewelry, bone carvings, leatherwork, stone statues, and much more.
Take a Street Art Tour of Bellavista
One of Santiago’s most vibrant neighborhoods, Bellavista is full of fantastic street art. Take yourself on a street art tour (street art is literally everywhere) and when you’re done, tuck into one of the many bars or eateries for some refreshments.
Have you visited Santiago? What would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments section.