Overview : This tour features the downtown’s main historic attractions, as well as a taste of the local food and culture, and it will give you a ... more »
This tour features the downtown’s main historic attractions, as well as a taste of the local food and culture, and it will give you a ... more »good glimpse of Santiago in one day.
Start your day by visiting the presidential palace and one of the most popular squares in town; stop for lunch at the market where you will find Chile’s freshest seafood and fish; buy some typical Chilean handicrafts to take back home; discover the secrets hidden at the former house of one of the country’s most renowned writers; and finish your day with a view of Santiago’s skyline, at sunset. less «
- TRANSPORTATION/MOBILITY: Purchase a BIP card (CLP$ 1,350) at any metro station. Put CLP$ 1,000-2,000 daily credit (recommended) in... more » it, and use it for public transportation. With the BIP card you can take up to 1 metro ride and 2 bus rides for the price of 1 ticket (around CLP$ 600), as long as you use it within 60 minutes. Taxis are cheap and safe, and their rate will be indicated in a circle pasted on the front window (there is a starting fee of around CLP$ 300 and a charge of around CLP$ 100 per 100 mts and/or 1 waiting minute. Your hotel will be able to provide you with numbers of radio taxi companies, which you can call and they will pick you up at the time you want, and from the place you like.
- HOW TO TIP: Standard tip all along Chile is 10% and people are happy with it. Small change as a tip is appreciated by taxi drivers, but not required.
- LANGUAGE TIPS: Chilean Spanish is not so easy to understand by foreigners as other Spanish accents because we speak fast and we tend not to pronounce the endings of the words. Instead of saying "Cómo estás" (How are you?), we say "Cómo estai." Instead of saying "gracias" (thank you) we say "gracia." English will be widely spoken in the nice areas of town and touristic places but, otherwise, you are also likely to find someone with a broken English that may be able to help you out. Useful words: Hola (hello); por favor (please); gracias (thank you); dónde está (where is); necesito (I need); quiero (I want); chao (bye); adios (goodbye).
- SECURITY: Chile has no terrorism issues but, especially in any big city like Santiago, you should beware of pickpocketing and never leaving valuable things visible in a car.
- CULTURAL AWARENESS: Homosexuality is more accepted every day, but it’s frowned upon that two people of the same gender kiss in public and walk together holding hands. Chileans like foreigners, and they will be interested in knowing about you but, since they are shy, many times they will be reluctant to speak in English, even if they know how to.
- SOUVENIRS: Some typical souvenirs from Chile are: products made of lapislazuli (Chile and Pakistan are the only two worldwide producers if this semi-precious stone); products made of copper (our main source of exports); handicrafts made of silver; scarfs and ponchos made of alpaca (llama); wine (our most famous variety is Cabernet Sauvignon, and we are also the only worldwide proud producers of Carmenère grown on its own genuine rootstock).
- CURRENCY: Chilean Peso. We have coins of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, and 500. And notes of 1,000 ~ 5,000 ~ 10,000 ~ 20,000. Keep in mind this approximate exchange rate, for an easy conversion: US$ 1 = CLP$ 500 / € 1 = CLP$ 600.
- WEATHER: Santiago's weather is hot and dry in the Summer (20°-33°C / 68°-92°F) and cold and rainy in the Winter (5°-18°C / 41°-64°F).
- WHAT TO WEAR: Chileans love jeans. For a night out, a pair of jeans, a shirt and a jacket will always do the work if you’re not sure what to wear.
- WHAT TO PACK: You will find a wide variety of toiletries at reasonable prices in supermarkets and over-the-counter drugs in pharmacies but, in order to buy more specific medicine (e.g.: antibiotics), you will need a prescription. You might want to bring your phone, as you can buy a prepaid local SIM card for it at any telecom company.
- LOCAL TIME: Time is the same all over Chile, except for Easter Island which is 2 hours behind continental Chile.
- ADDITIONAL NOTE: You can follow me on Twitter for additional tips about Chile: www.twitter.com/WhereisAnita less «
La Moneda presidential palace used to be the country’s mint – hence its name, “moneda,” which means “coin” – and is one of the most important historic buildings in Santiago.
The northern façade leads to Plaza de la Constitución square where the changing of the guard takes place every other day at 10am. The southern façade... More leads to Plaza de la Ciudadanía square where Palacio La Moneda Cultural Center is located.
You can get to the government palace by taking line 1 (red) of the metro, to La Moneda station.
Outside: at any time
Guided tours of the inside can be coordinated Monday to Friday by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org one week in advance.
You can either walk 6 blocks northeast to get to Plaza de Armas, or take the metro there: from La Moneda station, take line 1 (red) to Los Heroes, then line 2 (orange) to Santa Ana, and then line 3 (green) to Plaza de Armas’ station.
Plaza de Armas square, a national monument, dates back to Santiago’s foundation in the XVI century. It’s a good... More place to see the symbiosis of palm trees, modern high-rise buildings, and historic landmarks – such as the National Historic Museum, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Central Post Office.
Painters, street artists, musicians, chess players, salesmen, and groups of Peruvian immigrants, together with nearby pedestrian walks – Paseo Ahumada and Paseo Estado – restaurants, and shops, conform the scenery of this must-see place.
It’s better to visit on weekdays during working hours, or on Saturday before lunch time, to grasp the vibe of the square.Less
Make a stop for lunch at Mercado Central (Central Market), where you will find Chile’s freshest seafood and fish. To get there, walk 3 blocks north from Plaza de Armas, either through Puente street or 21 de Mayo street, where Santiago’s Town Hall is located.
The Central Market gathers a wide array of restaurants serving typical regional food.... More Besides these restaurants, the market also features stalls where you can buy fresh seafood and fish, meat, empanadas, fruits, herbs, and handicrafts.
The building was built in cast iron from Scotland in the 1860s, it was inaugurated in 1872, and it was declared a Historic Monument in 1984.
San Pablo 967, Santiago
Phone: +56 2 2696 8327Less
Bellavista is Santiago’s Bohemian neighborhood. To get there, you can take line 2 of the metro (orange) at Puente Cal y Canto station – right next to Mercado Central – to Los Héroes, then change to line 1 (red), get off at Baquedano station, and cross the Mapocho River through Pío Nono street.
You can make your first stop – and buy ... Moresome souvenirs – at Patio Bellavista, an open-air entertainment center which features almost 100 different handicraft shops, pubs, cafés, ice cream shops, and restaurants serving international food.
Phone: +56 2 2249 8700Less
Visit Nobel Prize winning poet Pablo Neruda’s home in Santiago, which he built for his mistress, Matilde Urrutia, in 1953. The museum features paintings of Chilean and foreign artists, African wooden handicrafts, furniture, design objects, and Neruda’s original chinaware and cutlery.
Only guided tours are accepted, which have to be coordinated at... More least one day in advance by sending an email to email@example.com or calling. ---
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-7pm, Closed Monday
Adults: CLP$ 4,000
Students (showing school/college’s ID): CLP$ 1,500
Fernando Márquez de la Plata 0192
Phone: +56 2 2777 8741 / +56 2 2737 8712Less
Also known as Cerro San Cristóbal, Parque Metropolitano is one of the world’s largest parks. You could spend an entire day here, but if you don't that that much time, at least plan to end the day here, seeing the incredible sunset from the top of San Cristóbal hill.
The park includes three hills (San Cristobal, Chacarillas, and Los ... MoreGemelos), a forest (Bosque Santiago), a zoo (Zoológico Nacional de Chile), five picnic areas, two public swimming pools, a cultural center (Casa de la Cultura Anahuac), handicraft shops, restaurants, a sanctuary (Santuario Inmaculada Concepción), and a funicular that – due to studies on this 87-year old Historic Monument – has been currently replaced by buses that take visitors from the entrance at Pío Nono street to the top of San Cristóbal hill – a perfect place to watch sunset from 260 meters up, and end a day in Santiago.
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-7pm in Summer
10am-6pm in Winter
Buses Pío Nono-San Cristóbal hill-Pío Nono:
Monday noon-7pm (6pm last bus going up)
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-7pm (6pm last bus going up)
Closed daily 1:30pm-2:15pm for lunch
Adults CLP$ 3,000
Children 3-13/students/seniors (60+) CLP$ 1,500
Toll for Cars
Monday-Friday CLP $ 3,000
Saturday-Sunday/holidays CLP$ 4,000
Toll for Motorbikes
Daily CLP$ 1,500
Pío Nono 450, Recoleta
Phone: +56 2 2730 1300Less