Santiago is a modern city that offers so much from every point of view, whether we speak of art, history or natural beauty. Let’s see what are the main attractions.
Santiago de Chile, known to all simply as Santiago, is the capital of Chile, the country that is shaped “long and narrow” which is not apparent at first glance when looking at a map of South America.
Santiago is a modern city that offers so much from every point of view, whether we speak of art, history or natural beauty.
Let’s see what are the major attractions of Santiago:
Plaza de Armas
It is certainly one of the most beautiful squares of the city and is definitely the hub of the city life and the real historical center, where there are several buildings not to be missed, such as the cathedral, the historical museum and what was once the royal palace.
Plaza de la Constitucion
This is another place not to be missed. Here you can immerse yourself in the greenery that surrounds the square, while nearby there is the ‘palace della zecca’, known among Chileans simply as “La Moneda”, a fascinating and imposing building.
Museum of Pre-Columbian
If you are an art lover, you must not miss this magnificent museum! Artifacts from throughout Central and South America are exposed, with numerous explanations about their discovery and use that were made from the artifacts. Obviously in particular, the focus is on the history of Chile and of the city of Santiago.
Cerro San Cristobal Hill
Located at 880 meters above sea level, this hill is dominated by a statue of the Virgin Mary. From here you will enjoy a breathtaking view over the city, an experience not to be missed!
Among the major exponents of the Chilean culture is certainly the recently deceased Pablo Neruda.
His poems and his stories have been read by millions of people around the world, for this reason it is interesting to visit a mansion where he spent most of his time.
The house became a veritable museum, in fact it is also known as Casa Museo Chascona.
Here you will find his rare writings, also from his private life.
Museum of Memory
A visit to the museum of memory is really a must. Here there are traces from the darkest moments of Chilean history, those of the military dictatorship of Pinochet, to the joy of the return to democracy.
The surroundings of Santiago
Santiago is ideally located for those who love adventure.
There are, in fact, some paths of adventure that can create truly exciting excursions! Do not miss out on a visit to the Maipo Canyon, where thrilling scenarios and the proliferation of flowing flora and fauna will be reconcile you with the world.
You may also choose to spend a day in Valparaiso, a port city that is charming and full of life.
We want to conclude by offering another adventurous excursion opportunity: the Isla Negra.
Here you will have to move a bit out from Santiago. This village is on a coastline that is quiet and relaxing, but also offers the opportunity to visit another museum house dedicated to Neruda, which is very different from the Chascona but that is definitely worth visiting.Categories: Guides
Localities: Chile, Santiago, South America
Travel Themes: Art and Culture