I love big cities, and Santiago is definitely one of my favorites. It has so much to offer: great food, a variety of museums, a vibrant art and music scene, cool bars and nightlife, easy public transportation...all that plus it's just an all-around pretty city with European flaire....more
The seat of Chilean government, La Moneda is an 18th century architectural gem, housing the offices of the President and three cabinet ministers. It's huge--it takes up an entire city block--and many of the interior courtyards are open to the public. There's also a changing of the guard...more
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.
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...more
Without a doubt, this is one of Santiago's best museums. It has an extensive--and impressive--collection of pre-colombian artifacts spanning six different regions in the Americas. There often are temporary exhibits that are well worth your while too (the last time I visited, there was an...more
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...more