1- Plaza de Armas Town center
The whole history of Santiago concentrates in the administrative center. At the square Plaza de Armas Santiago was founded. That’s the starting point to see the cathedral, visit the historical museum, stroll through the pedestrian streets and galleries with its shops, walk to the stock market and further on to the government building La Moneda, try the dish Paila Marina at the central market or visit the pre-Columbian art Museum.
2- Bellavista district
At night Barrio Bellavista is the place to be. There are a big variety of restaurants with all kind of food and for all budgets. You will find discos, bars, pubs, jazz clubs and salsa clubs. Patio Bellavista offers also food, entertainment and souvenirs like lapis lazuli. Here you can also visit Pablo Neruda’s house, the museum La Chascona.
3- San Cristobal Hill
Cerro San Cristobal is a hill and Santiago’s green oasis. From up there you can enjoy a fantastic view over Santiago and the Andes mountain range (Cerro el plomo 5.424m). To get to the Sanctuary of the Virgen you can either take the funicular at the entrance Calle Pio Nono or walk or bike your way up (also possible to access from the entrance Pedro de Valdivia). At Cerro San Cristobal there is also a zoo, two outdoor swimming pools (Tupahue y Antilen) and the botanical garden Mapulemu.
4- Barrio Lastarria/ Bellas Artes
This is definitely the new cultural and elegant district of Santiago with its art museums, art centers, cafes and gourmet restaurants. The Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (GAM) offers a very divers program: concerts, theater, events, exhibitions and a meeting point for the divers and young urban culture. There is also the art museum (Museo de Bellas artes), the visual art museum, the Art Center Alameda – which combines events, parties and cinema, and the old and famous art cinema El Biógrafo…
5- Barrio Brasil/ Barrio yungay/Quinta Normal
Barrio Brasil is a patrimonial district with antique houses and colourful streets decorated with graffitis and street art. In the park Quinta Normal you will find the very interesting Museum of the Remembrance and the Human Rights, the Museum of Natural History, Railway Museum, the Artequin etc. The district Barrio Brasil connects to the districts Barrio Yungay and Barrio Concha y Toro. Strolling through these districts sends you back to Santiago of the late 19th century.
6- Santa Lucia y Barrio Paris y Londres
Santa Lucía hill – built by Benjamín Vicuña Mackenna – is a spectacular lush park in the administrative center of Santiago. The castle Hidalgo – dominating the Alameda boulevard – was once the historic museum and is today an event location. Right in front of the castle, you can visit the popular handicraft market Feria Santa Lucía. There you will find textiles, cobber works, wooden sculptures etc. Next to the market is the oldest building of Santiago: the church San Francisco and the Franciscan monastery, which nowadays is the colonial museum. Here also starts the district Barrio Paris y Londres. It is a very unique district thanks to its architecture, which reminds the architecture of the big European capitals.
7- Providencia y Barrio Italia
Providencia is the party and gourmet district of Santiago. There you will find renowned restaurants, nightclubs, modern shops, luxurious shopping malls like the Costanera Center Mall – the biggest shopping mall in Latin America. But Providencia also offers quiet streets, which invite you to stroll under the shady plane trees. The elegant district Barrio Italia is spread with cafes, great food diversity and designer shops in restored old mansions. You will find many antiquarians restoring furniture from passed times in the streets and this gives this district a retro and vintage touch.
8- Pueblito Los dominicos
The village of Los Dominicos is an ancient, colonial manor, which has been converted into a handicraft center where you can find a selection of Chilean handicraft art (high quality): lapis lazuli, copper, wood, leather, textiles etc. This place is a perfect half-day escape from the buzzing capital with some restaurants and cafes as well as a beautiful colonial church to visit.
9- Centros de esquí
The best ski centers from Latin America are located only a few kilometers from Santiago: Farellones, Valle Nevado, El Colorado, La Parva… You can visit the ski centers just for the day either for skiing or just for playing in the snow. Even in summer it’s great up there. The Andes are spectacular all year long!
10- Viñas del Valle de Maipo
Many vineyards in the Maipo Valley can easily be reached by public transports: Viña Concha y Toro in Pirque, Viña Cousiño Macul or Viña Aquitania in Peñalolen, Viña Undurraga in Buin, Viña Santa Rita in Alto Jahuel and many more. Most of the vineyard tours lead you through the domain, show you the installation and invite you to degust their Cabarnet Sauvignon, Merlot or the famous Chilean Carmenere wines.