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Top 5 places to visit in Santiago, Chile

It’s time to go around Santiago city!

Santiago is considered one of the safest South American capitals according to Investopedia. With more than 7 million people living here (almost half of the country lives in the capital city), Santiago offers you a massive list of activities and places to explore! Here is my top 5 if you only have a couple of days for tourism:

Santiago - Costanera Center

1. Costanera Center

It is considered the tallest skyscraper in South America, we could say it’s our local “Empire State”. If shopping is your thing, this the place for you to visit. Costanera Center is the biggest mall in South America, with over five floors where you can find a bunch of different stores, from the typical H&M, Forever 21 to a variety of local exclusives like “Emporio La Rosa” (fantastic ice cream spot). You can find almost everything here! It has a vast food court from economic fast food to sushi, bbq and seafood restaurants.
While the mall consists of only five floors, but the attached office tower offers you the perfect view from the 68th floor. Access to PB (Level 0) SKY Costanera.

Entrance cost to the “Sky Costanera”: 20 USD. You will have an amazing 360º view of Santiago, and you will be able to take fabulous pictures if the weather and smog allow.

How to get here?
Subway: Arrive at Tobalaba metro station and walk 5 minutes to the entrance.
Bicycle: They have a big bicycle parking spot, don’t forget your lock!
Public bus: You can use the public buses called “Transantiago”, make sure you have the “BIP!” card, you can buy them in the subway station, each trip costs around 1,5 USD. I highly recommend using Google Maps to make sure you use the correct bus.

Santiago - La Moneda

2. La Moneda

Translated as “The Coin”, this is our local “White House”. It has this name because they used to print the Spanish Corona during Chile´s time as a Spanish colony there. The Moneda hosts the offices of three cabinet ministers: Interior, General Secretariat of the Presidency and General Secretariat of the Government. It is an ancient building designed and build back in the 1784 and finished in 1805, designed by the famous architect, Joaquín Toesca. It is protected by the elite division of our “Carabineros” forces (militarised police). Every 48 hours, you can observe the palace guards change shifts, accompanied by a ceremony and a marching band.

How to get here?
Subway: Arrive to “La Moneda” metro station, and you will be in front of the building.

Santiago - Cerro San Cristobal

3. Cerro San Cristobal

This is definitely the most popular hill of Santiago. Sports lovers usually come here to ride their bikes or walk to the top of the hill every weekend. Cerro San Cristobal is around 850mts tall. At the top of the hill, there is a huge virgin (I mean a huge statue of Virgin Mary) waiting for you to light a candle (you don’t have to, but that’s the ‘tradition’). You will also be able to buy some local food like “Mote con Huesillo” or “Empanada” to recover your energies! If running/walking up a hill for under the burning sun is not your thing, you can always take the cable car to get to the top!

Price of Cable Car: Roundtrip ticket costs around 4 USD per person.

How to get here?
Subway: Arrive at Baquedano metro station and walk around 7 minutes to the entrance.

Santiago - Santa Lucia

4. Cerro Santa Lucia

Small hill compared to the Cerro San Cristobal, here you will find the Castillo Hidalgo (Hidalgo Castle), traditional canons and lovely green areas. Most important, Santiago was funded on this hill by Pedro de Valdivia, THE Spanish conqueror and founder of our nation!

How to get here?
Subway: Arrive at Santa Lucía metro station and walk around 2 minutes to the entrance.

Santiago - Parque Bicentenario

5. Parque Bicentenario

I really love this park. It is like our local “Central Park”, it is 30 hectares, and you can practice from yoga, pilates to your classic running or bike circuit. There is space for everyone to enjoy their morning workout or organise a family/couple picnic. Also, food, sports and music fairs take place here.

How to get here?

Since this park is in an upper-class neighbourhood in Santiago, the subway does not arrive here. You’ll have to take the subway to Escuela Militar metro station and then take a bus. I recommend Google Maps to choose the correct bus.

I hope you enjoyed this top 5 popular top touristic places to visit in Santiago; there is so much more to experience depending on your taste and time you’ll stay. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment on any specific topic you’ll like to know!

Publicist, currently living in Santiago, Chile. Hopefully not for too long! Currently working in the music industry. Love travelling, music and tattoos! Looking forward to new experiences for a new blog post!


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2 responses to “Top 5 places to visit in Santiago, Chile”

  1. Kay says:

    Santiago is such a fun place to explore. A few years ago I went for the fiestas pátrias – it was awesome!! When I went back last year I got to see the Sky Costanera view too – amazing!! Thanks for the tips 🙂

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