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    Plaza de Armas

    4
    23 reviews

    A great city park, Plaza de Armas is, literally, the heart of Santiago (all distances to the city from around the country refer to this point). It's a lush park with tons of fountains and sculptures and roaming street performers too. It's a popular meeting spot for locals and place for kids to play--perfect for people watching.

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    Palacio de La Moneda

    4.5
    15 reviews

    La Moneda Palace is where the President of Chile sits. The constructions of the building was started in the 18th century but it was finished in 1929. Its architectural style is neoclassical. The building's history is also interesting: during 1973's military coup d'état it was bombarded by the Army. It is also one of the places where Chileans gather when ...

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    Cerro San Cristóbal

    4.5
    27 reviews

    If it's not too smoggy, one of the best birds eye views of Santiago is from Cerro San Cristobal, a huge hill rising about 1000 feet over the city. At the top, there's an enormous statue of the Virgen Mary as well as a church and amphitheater--Pope John Paul II gave mass here in the 1980s. My favorite way to ...

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    Cerro Santa Lucía

    4.5
    18 reviews

    Following San Cristóbal Hill, Cerro Santa Lucía is another hill in Santiago that offers killers views. On its top, two castle-like forts were built in the 19th century. They were finished in 1820. The place features many statues and monuments and is a nice place to visit if you want to take a long walk and visit some amazing architecture.

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    Mercado Central

    4
    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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    Barrio Bellavista

    4.5
    10 reviews

    This is one of the nicest areas of Santiago to just walk around in. The houses are colorful, the restaurants are top notch, the street art is fascinating, and the fact that it is home to a Pablo Neruda house (there are a number around Chile; see also Casa de Isla Negra and La Sebastiana) is, for me at least, ...

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    Pablo Neruda Houses

    4
    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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    Paseo Ahumada and Paseo Huerfanos

    4
    5 reviews

    I first stumbled on Paseo Ahumada before I realized it was a local landmark, because someone said that's where I could get film developed. I now love coming here to grab a frozen yogurt or a coffee, or to sit down for a completo (hotdog), and watch the people bustling by. To me, this is the heart of Santiago.

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    Barrio Paris-Londres

    4.5
    6 reviews

    This is one of Santiago's most charming corners. Every time i walk through here I feel like I'm going back in time. I love the curvy cobblestone streets and the houses all lined up like penguins.

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    Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago

    4.5
    15 reviews

    You can't visit a Latin American country and not visit its main Cathedral. Chile's is in Santiago's Plaza de Armas and it was finished in 1800. It is a national monument and a key landmark. Its style is neoclassic and it holds the Archbishop of Santiago. A tip: visit the Cathedral on a warm Saturday night to enjoy its beautiful ...

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    La Chascona

    4.5
    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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    Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos

    5
    3 reviews

    Amazing memorial in honor to the losses and suffering as a result of Chile's Pinochet dictatorship. A must see.

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  • 13

    Cementerio General

    5
    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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  • 14

    Funicular

    5
    2 reviews

    The San Cristobal funicular takes you up to San Cristobal Hill which is a part of Parque Metropolitano de Santiago. The funicular was built in 1927. When you take it up to the top you pass the Santiago Zoo.

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    Museo Nacional de Historia Natural

    4.5
    2 reviews

    This museum was inaugurated in 1830 and it is located in the beautiful Quinta Normal Park. What makes it one of a kind? Its huge whale skeleton in display inside! The bones are over 120 years old. Another interesting piece of information about this building? It is Chile's first museum!

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  • 16

    Vega Central

    5
    4 reviews

    They say that anything grown in Chile can be found in Vega Central, and I believe it. The trick would be finding it, in the acres of stalls competing for your attention. This hodgepodge of a market is in a warehouse that seems to cover several square blocks. If your senses aren't already overwhelmed by the billions of produce stands, ...

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  • 17

    Museo Artequín

    5
    2 reviews

    Great interactive art museum for children. Valentina really makes a difference in attending to all of the visitors during the weekends!

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  • 18

    Parque Forestal

    4.5
    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

    4.5
    9 reviews

    The Plaza de la Constitution is right next to the historical Palacio de la Moneda (Presidential Palace). It is an expansive area of walkways surrounded by grass.

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  • 20

    Teatro Municipal

    4.5
    2 reviews

    This theater is one of Santiago's landmarks and Chile's oldest culural center. It was built in 1857 and it is still the city's main center for entretaining. From opera to ballet and popular music, the theater opens its doors to high-quality entretainment every week. Buy tickets in advance because they sell out really quickly!

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