Santiago de Chile: best things to do
1. Visit Plaza de Armas
The Plaza de Armas is the core of the historic center of Santiago, known as Kilómetro Zero. Full of monuments that represent the history of the city, the square is also local to street artists who attract the attention of the hundreds of people who pass through daily.
2. One afternoon in Barrio Lastarria and Bellas Artes
If you are looking for quiet places, with many restaurants, bars and cafes, as well as museums and bookstores, it is your choice. Small streets and extensive green areas, such as the Forestal Park, the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center and the Bellas Artes Museum, are some of the places that make them the most bohemian neighborhoods in the city.
3. Get to know the popular Santiago in Vega Fruit Market and Central Market
Want to see the typical Chile? Get in the popular markets, its “picadas”, typical drinks and the people customs. This is your Choice! The classic central market with his architecture and his people surrounded by fish and shellfish from all the chilean coast. the modernity and different social classes stick together.
4. The Parks of Santiago
Cerro Santa Lucía and Cerro San Cristóbal are the most visited parks in Santiago by national and foreign tourists. The first was used by Pedro de Valdivia before he founded “Santiago de la Nueva Extremadura” and was known by local natives as Huelén. The second is the largest urban park in the city and there is the National Zoo and the Botanical Garden. At its summit it is possible to find the image of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception. The two Parks provide an incredible view of Santiago for those who love photography.
5. Palacio de la Moneda
It is the seat of the Executive Power and one of the most representative symbols of the political history of the country. Opened more than 200 years ago, it has undergone several architectural changes since then. It was the scene of the bombing of the military coup in 1973 and declared a national monument in 1951.
6. For the wine lovers
While in Santiago, you can’t miss enjoying the magic of the wineries. The city is known for its beautiful vineyards and for exporting quality wine.
7. General Cemetery
The General Cemetery is an open-air museum. There rest the important presidents of Chile and personalities who contributed socially and culturally to what is Santiago today. The place is marked by history and its mausoleums and sculptures have great architectural value.
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