Santiago de Chile is also considered the trendiest city in South America. It is the capital of Chile and is located at an altitude of over 500 meters near the Andes. Santiago de Chile is a city with many cultures. The inhabitants are mainly Colombians, Americans, Peruvians and Haitians. The city is also important for Chile from an economic point of view. Santiago is a bustling city that attracts a lot of tourism in both summer and winter. In addition, it has a number of nice sights, a varied landscape and many culturally historic buildings.
Santiago ‘s Top 10 Attractions
#1. Main Square
According to bridgat.com, Plaza de Armas is the center of the city. This sizable square has been around since 1541, as long as the city itself. Around the square you can view a number of impressive buildings. Examples include Metropolitana de Santiago. An old cathedral dating back to 1748. The National Museum of Chile is also located at Plaza de Armas. It is a pleasant square where many locals also come to enjoy the peace.
#2. San Cristobal Hill
Cerro San Cristobal is a 300 meter high mountain that towers proudly above the center of the city. You can find Cerro San Cristobal in the northern part of Santiago de Chile, near Parque Metropolitano. You can climb the mountain in different ways. You can of course do this on foot, but you can also use the Funicular. This is a funicular that takes you from the bottom up in an original way. If you prefer not to go up with the nostalgic train from 1925, you can also use the regular funicular. At the top of the Cerro San Cristobal you look out over the city. Halfway up the mountain you will also find a swimming pool and a zoo that is more than worth a visit.
#3. Beautiful view
Bellavista is arguably the most striking and bustling neighborhood of Santiago de Chile. You can eat well in one of the many restaurants. Drinking a drink and enjoying the locals and tourists is also a must here. You can enjoy pleasant music while enjoying a cup of coffee, a tasty lunch or dinner. Bellavista is also recommended in the evenings. The main street Pio Nono then turns into a local market where you can buy many fun and often artisanal items. This neighborhood is characterized by the presence of a lot of street art and houses in cheerful colors. You will find the Bellavista district at the bottom of the well-known Cerro San Cristobal.
#4. Coin Palace
The presidential palace of Santiago de Chile is called Palacio de la Moneda. This building is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is naturally a monument. The palace became known in 1973 when a Chilean coup d’état led to the suicide of President Allende. After Palacio de la Moneda was destroyed by bombing, it was renovated in the same style. Now you can take advantage of various guided tours and witness the changing of the guard. This takes place daily in the morning. In the basement you can also visit a modern cultural center with various art shops. You can also attend exhibitions about marine life and on the Chilean coast. If you want to visit the palace, it is wise to book well in advance. This attraction is at the top of the wish list of many tourists.
#5. Central Market
Mercado Central was built in the 19th century to serve as an art exhibition space. The contrast is great, however, because Mercado Central is now one of the largest fresh and fish markets in Santiago de Chile. So you can buy a nice fresh catch here, but also be surprised by a meal that is served in one of the many restaurants. These eateries can be found in the middle of the Mercado Central. Mercado Central is close to Plaza de Armas.
#6. Santa Lucia Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia is located in the center of Santiago de Chile. This is a huge rock that you can also climb. This can be done via a walkway, but also via an easily accessible staircase. On top of the rock is a lookout point that offers a view over the center of the city. Once at the top it is quiet and you can easily escape the bustle of the city. Even if you don’t want to go up, you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings. At the foot of the Cerro Santa Lucia there are plenty of benches to catch your breath.
#7. Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art
If you are a lover of Chilean culture, you should not miss a visit to Museo Chileno de Arte de Precolombino. In this museum you will be taken to a Chile far before Christ. You will learn everything about the Incas, the way of life of other population groups and the attributes and objects that were used. In the museum you can also enjoy various thematic exhibitions about art and culture. About Área Intermedia, Mesoamérica and Andes del Sur, among others. The lower floor of the museum is reserved for the most special statues and artefacts. Well worth a look.
#8. coastal sky
Sky Costanera is the tallest watchtower in Latin America. The tower has no less than 6 floors. On the top floor you have a nice overview of the city of Santiago de Chile. If you prefer to stay closer to the ground, you can also shop in one of the many shops and boutiques on the lower floor. The Sky Costanera is a hypermodern building which is of course equipped with a fast elevator. The tower is open daily from 10am to 10pm. You can find the Sky Costanera in the Metropolitana district.
#9. National museum of fine arts
The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes is the showpiece among the museums in Santiago de Chile. The architecture of the museum alone is worth a visit. In the museum you can view modern Chilean art pieces. Many of these works of art come from big names and can call themselves the best works in the country. A stay in Santiago de Chile is therefore not complete without a visit to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. You can also visit the adjacent Contemporaneo museum. This is part of the fine arts museum. You must reserve a separate entrance ticket for this.
#10. Santiago cable car
If you want to see Santiago de Chile from a completely different point, you can use the funicular that runs over the center of the city. The Teleférico de Santiago starts and ends in the Parque Metropolitano city park. From the top you can see how Santiago de Chile is divided into different parts. You can also use this cable car if you want to visit the Cerro San Cristobal.