This palm covered square is the soul of the city and if you only have time for a quick orientation tour then this quarter will immerse you in some of its history. We came into the city for only a few hours from Valparaiso where our cruise ship was docked for the day only.
If you have more than a day then this city’s energetic, noisy (and polluted) atmosphere really starts here and like any major city, it bustles with weekday traffic and people (but has more than a few canine visitors too).
The plaza has a typical square grid pattern surrounded by historical monuments, fountains, buildings that include the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago (amazing), Palacio de la Real Audiencia de Santiago and if you need to post something home then visit the unusual and stunning Correo Central – the Central Post Office Building.
Plaza de Armas is also one of the city’s social hubs with a couple of pedestrian malls branching out and include handicrafts stalls, buskers, cafes and shops. Although we didn’t have time, many museums are within a few blocks walk and it’s a great place to people watch while sipping a glass of Chilean wine.
Enjoy your experience!
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