Santiago de Chile and short trips from Santiago

Santiago Historic Centre

A great part of the history of Chile has been written at the Plaza de Armas (Main Square) and its surrounding buildings. Walk around its streets to find old buildings including:

  • Santiago City Hall
  • The Cathedral
  • The National History Museum
  • Museo De Arte Precolombino
  • Palacio de la Moneda, Plaza de la ciudadanía y Centro Cultural la Moneda
  • San Francisco Church

Where to Eat/Drink: Confitería Torres (coffee, Chilean), La Casona del Centro (steakhouse, barbecue), La Chimenea (Latin, bar, Chilean, seafood)

Barrio Lastarria

Barrio Lastarria is the ideal place for tourists: with the tranquillity of a residential neighbourhood, but at the same time, bohemian and entertaining attractions and things to do.

  • Santa Lucia Hill
  • Paseo Peatonal Calle Lastarria
  • Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral
  • Centro Cultural Posada del Corregidor
  • Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
  • Parque Forestal

Where to Eat/Drink: Lucía Bistró (Chilean, seafood,grill), Tambo (Peruvian), Gabriela Restaurante (Fusión, Chilean, South American), Mulato (Latin, seafood, Chilean), Café 202 (beer, coffee, pub), Bar Restaurant Bajo Llave (bar, finger food, pizzas, cocktails, wines)

Barrio Italia

Barrio Italia is one of the most attractive areas of Santiago. The neighbourhood has historically attracted many immigrants, especially Italians, to live and work, leaving their cultural mark on the area. Today it has become the design circuit of the city, and an important gastronomic centre.

Attractions and things to do:

  • Casa Museo Eduardo Frei
  • Casona Sermini “Castillito”
  • Sombrería Girardi
  • Casa Fresia
  • Casa Guacolda
  • Cité Italia
  • Galería Condell

Where to Eat/Drink: Siam Thai (Asian, Thai), Da Noi (Italian), Silvestre Bistró (Mediterranean, Chilean, South American), Verde Sazón (Fusión)

Barrio Bellavista

You enter Barrio Bellavista by crossing the Pío Nono Bridge, very close to the exit of Baquedano Metro Station. The area is a renowned traditional neighborhood of Providencia and is the heart of Santiago bohemia.

Attractions and things to do:

  • Casa Pablo Neruda “La Chascona”
  • Subida Cerro San Cristóbal- Funicular- Teleférico
  • Patio Bellavista (High-end souvenir shops, restaurants and Bars)
  • Teatro San Ginés
  • Centro Mori
  • Havana Salsa, salsa dance club
  • Lapislazuli shops (Artesanía Andina Lapislazuli, Artesanía Cerro Azul, Manos)

Where to Eat/Drink: Azotea Matilde (bar, fusion), Laminga (Chilean), Barrica 94 (contemporary Chilean food, beef), Bar Constitución (bar, pub), Siete Negronis (cantina & resto), Jardín Mallinkrodt (bar, street food, US, beer, pub, gastropub)

Other interesting places to visit in Santiago

  • Villa Grimaldi Memorial
  • Templo Bahai de Sudamérica
  • Parque Bicentenario
  • Mirador Sky Costanera
  • La Vega
  • Mercado Central
  • Viña Cousiño Macul

Places to Shop

  • Mall Costanera Center
  • Mall Alto Las Condes
  • Mall Parque Arauco
  • Casa Costanera
  • Barrio Alonso de Córdova (designer and luxury brands)

Day or short trips from Santiago

Valparaíso - Viña del Mar (approx 1hr 30mins from Santiago)
Valparaíso is the main port of the country and access to the market inside and outside of Chile, while Viña del Mar is the garden city of greatest interest in the region. Beautiful beaches and coves, museums and national monuments. The destination is picturesque due to the presence of viewpoints, elevators and the sloping architecture that contrasts with modern buildings that depict the history of the coast.

Attractions and things to do in Valparaíso:

  • Casa Pablo Neruda “La Sebastiana”
  • Museo de Historial Natural
  • Museo Lord Cochrane
  • Museo a Cielo Abierto
  • Ascensor Reina Victoria
  • Ascensor el Peral
  • Muelle Prat
  • Caleta Portales

Where to Eat/Drink: Arrayán Mirador Cultural (Mariscos, Internacional, Mediterranean, fusion), Maralegre (Mariscos, Chilean, bar, contemporary), Mm 450 La Cevichería (Latina, Bar, Mariscos, Chilean), Bar El Irlandés (Irish, Bar, Pub, Internacional), Bar de Pisco (bar, Peruvian, South American), Cinzano (bar, Chilean)

Attractions and things to do in Viña del Mar:

  • Jardín Botánico Nacional
  • Palacio Rioja
  • Reloj de Flores
  • Avenida Perú
  • Muelle Vergara
  • Playa Reñaca
  • Castillo Wulff

Where to Eat/Drink: Portofino Restaurant (Italian, seafood, Mediterranean, Chilean), Cap Ducal (seafood, Mediterranean), Ristorante San Marco (Italian, seafood, Mediterranean), Tierra del Fuego (seafood, Chilean, South American), Café Journal (bar, pub), Glasgow Pub Beer & Wine (bar, pub, gastropub)

Cajón del Maipo (Only 15 kilometers southeast of Santiago)
Cajón del Maipo is synonymous of adventure and sports and is a breath of fresh air from the convulsive urban life in Santiago. It is wonderful to discover that at such a small distance from the center there are small towns in the foothills of the Andes, where you can experience relaxation and life in harmony. In this place you will be able to re encounter with nature, enjoy typical Chilean food and exquisite German style onces (coffee breaks) in different places. And if you are one of those who enjoy adventure tourism this is your place.

Attractions and things to do:

  • Embalse el Yeso
  • Monumento Natural El Morado
  • Mirador de los Cóndores
  • Observatorio Pilalen
  • Termas del Plomo
  • Baños Morales
  • Rafting (Natexplora, Ruta Vertical, Andes soul, etc.)
  • Trekking
  • Canyoning
  • Canopy
  • Cabalgatas

Where to Eat/Drink: La Petite France (French), Trattoria Calypso (traditional Italian), Bramasole (traditional Italian), Casa Bosque (firewood cooked beef), Café Vienés (restaurant & coffee), Kunalka (traditional Mapuche)

Vineyards

Valle de Casablanca

Valle de Maipo

Valle de Colchagua