Things to do for Backpackers in Santiago 

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    Plaza de Armas

    Plaza de Armas, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
    23 reviews

    Plaza de Armas is Santiago's neuralgic center. Although it's small, it has lots to offer for travelers who want to get to know more of Chile's culture and architecture. Local comedians usually perform in the square and it's a great place to try some of Chile's best street food. Plaza de Armas is located next to the Methropolitan Cathedral which ...

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    Mercado Central

    San Pablo, Chile
    21 reviews

    I love public markets and this is one of the best I've been to--a gorgeous mish mash of fruit and vegetable vendors, fishmongers, and simple restaurants serving classic Chilean eats. It's located inside a pretty 19th century building too.

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    Cementerio General

    Avenidas Recoleta and Valdivieso, Recoleta, Santiago, Chile
    4 reviews

    Santiago's Cementerio General is an amazing place to discover Chilean culture. From its diverse architecture (the tombs are a great example of Chile's income inequality) to the folklore, this place is a piece of Chile's heart and soul. It was inaugurated in 1821. In this cemetery most of Chile's presidents were buried, as well as iconic culture figures, like Víctor ...

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    Parque Quinta Normal

    Matucana 520, Santiago Chile
    3 reviews

    Quinta Normal is a beautiful and huge park located in an offbeat area of Santiago. It features a huge lake in the middle where people can paddle in a boat. In the weekends, street artists like jugglers and dancers perform in the park. It also hosts many museums, like the Natural History Museum. The Memory Museum is located outside Quinta ...

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    Barrio Bellavista

    Calle Antonia Lopez de Bello 14, Recoleta, Santiago, Chile
    10 reviews

    Very nice neighborhood to walk and hang out in/around.

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    Cerro San Cristóbal

    Santa Filomena and Pio Nono, Santiago, RM, Chile
    27 reviews

    This gives the best views over Santiago (at least on a clear day, which are few and far between).

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    La Chascona

    Fernando Márquez de La Plata 0192 - Santiago, Chile, Chile
    7 reviews

    it's a beautiful house, although we preferred his house in Valparaiso. Pablo Neruda is one of the most interesting persons i have ever known of

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    Pablo Neruda Houses

    6 reviews

    Nobel prize winning author Pablo Neruda had 3 houses in Chile, one of which is in Santiago. I visited all 3 while I was there and enjoyed them. They are unique homes with some insight into his outlook on life.

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    Parque Forestal

    Santiago, Chile
    10 reviews

    This is a great place to people watch. It's also a great place to fountain watch, bird watch, dancing-youth watch, jogger-watch, and ice-cream-seller watch. Though it's narrow, and you never really evade the sound of the costanera highway on one side of you and the Alameda on the other, it's still a marvelous oasis.

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    Plaza de La Constitución

    Moneda, Santiago, Chile
    9 reviews

    Very impressive plaza where you can the Municipality of Santiago/Chile. Walk around the building, has two beautiful sides. I think that you can enter to the building on some specific days.

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    Barrio Paris-Londres

    Calles Paris and Londres, Santiago, Chile
    6 reviews

    No visit to Santiago, Chile is complete without a stroll through one of Santiagos more historic, interesting, and quaint, neighborhoods, Barrio Paris-Londres. Founded at the turn of the 19th century, these mansions were constructed around the gardens of the Convento de San Francisco. The old mansions along with the cobble-stoned streets makes you feel that you're stepping back to the ...

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    Estación Mapocho

    Plaza de la Cultura s/n, SantiagoChile
    4 reviews

    I was here for an experimental art play; it's awesome that people can have the opportunity of having a cultural centre where they can see all sorts of interesting things

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    Central Post Office Building

    Plaza de Armas 983, Santiago Chile
    3 reviews

    Edificio del Correo Central (Santiago Post Office) is the oldest building in Santiago. Pedro de Valdivia, the leader of the Spanish Conquistadores and the founder of Santiago, built his house on this exact spot in the 1540s, and when they decided to make this the Santiago Post Office they used the same slab and many of the same walls that ...

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    Andes Mountains

    4 reviews

    Although I did not venture into the Andes, I saw them everywhere I went in Santiago. They dominate every scene. They are even more impressive from the air.

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    The Center of Santiago

    4 reviews

    This spot marks the center of Santiago, Chile. It's in the Plaza de Armas just across from the Palencio de la Real de la Audenica (Museum of History).

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    Ex Congreso Nacional

    Compañía y Catedral, Santiago Chile
    2 reviews

    Ex Congresso Nacional completed in 1876 and nearly destroyed in 1895, the building was redone at the turn of the 19th century. Historically speaking, this is one of the most important buildings in all of Chile. It was here that the legislature met for over seventy years, but when General Pinochet took over the government, the Congress was closed(which is ...

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    Iglesia de Santo Domingo

    Veintiuno de Mayo, Santiago, Chile
    2 reviews

    The Iglesia de Santo Domingo is a unique Church in downtown Santiago, because it doesn't look anything like most of the Churches in this area. It took over fifty years to complete Santo Domingo, with the Church being inaugurated in the early 19th century. It is on the northern edge of the Plaza de Armas.

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    Pedro de Valdivia Statue

    2 reviews

    The Pedro de Valdivia statue is located on the Plaza de Armas. The statue is dedicated to the leader of the Spanish Conquistadores, and the man who founded the city of Santiago. Valdivia was eventually killed by the Mapuche Indian tribe.

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    Palacio de La Moneda

    Moneda S/N, Chile
    15 reviews

    I think this was the most interesting place of Santiago.

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    Cerro Santa Lucía

    Avenida Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 499, Santiago, Chile
    18 reviews

    Really beautiful construction with great view on Santiago downtown and snowy mountains. There are couple of entrences. Suggest to pass through the park and climb to all the view points. Great view points.

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