Santiago Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

Santiago de Chile, a city of extremes, is surrounded by the world’s longest mountain range, driest desert, largest ocean and southernmost grassy plains. The cosmopolitan South American capital has the perfect mix of both historic and ultra-modern attractions.

The lively Plaza de Armas houses the divine Metropolitan Cathedral and the National History Museum. Santa Lucía Hill is the place where the city was founded by the Spanish in the 16th-century and the Chilean Museum of pre-Colombian Art shows what life was like here before colonial rule.

La Moneda Palace is the seat of government and the place of Augusto Pinochet’s 1973 military coup. The Museum of Memory and Human Rights documents the dictator’s repressive regime.

Santiago has many city parks. Parque Bicentenario is in Vitacura, while the sculptures of Parque de las Esculturas are in Providencia. Centrally located Parque Forestal, houses the Museum of Contemporary Art. Nearby is Centro Cultural Estación Mapocho, in a former train station.

Find colorful street art, craft shops and sidewalk cafés in Bellavista. From this neighborhood, you can access Cerro San Cristóbal to look back at Santiago one more time before exploring Chile’s many natural treasures.


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27 thoughts on “Santiago Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

  1. CHINO ARCADE says:

    años hermosos, se han fijado que no se ven aun los extranjeros ilegales, vendiendo sus basuras, tirando basura en las calles etc. se veía muy limpio santiago ahora que esta lleno de extranjero se ve super sucio donde traen sus malas costumbre, pobreza, ventas ilegales, robos etc. una lastima.

  2. GlobalTraveller64 says:

    Santiago does not have the old charme of Buenos Aires or Montevideo. Santiago appears more to be a very modern city. For sure it's the safest, cleanest and best organized city in Latin America. I always like to be there, mostly I stay in Las Condes or Vitacura.

  3. Paolo Santiago says:

    I wish Manila, Philippines is as good as this ! Most of the areas in my country are all looking terrifying scary due to many reasons, I want to leave now my country and move to South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru) 5 countries that are much better than my homeland Ph…

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