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21 Things To Do in Santiago: Chile’s Cool Capital

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After spending weeks visiting and traveling around the city, meeting up with locals who showed me around, I’ve compiled this list of the best things to do in Santiago Chile.

Surrounded by the Andes mountains, Santiago has to be one of the most beautiful capital cities on the planet. It’s also a very fun place to visit, with a rich history, vibrant culture, and great tourism infrastructure. 

If you’re ready to plan a big trip to Chile for hiking in Patagonia or exploring the Atacama Desert, be sure you dedicate at least a few days to taking in all that the capital city has to offer.

With a few days in Santiago, you can enjoy the sights, go trekking in the Andes, cycle to vineyards for wine tastings, explore local markets, partake in the city’s fun nightlife, and much more. These are just some of the many awesome things to do in Santiago Chile. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Best Tours: The best tours in Santiago include a bicycle tour, free walking tours, and tours to nearby vineyards
  • Top Attractions: Plaza de Armas, The Museums, and Pablo Neruda’s Home are the top cultural attractions
  • Best Views: Santa Lucia Hill, San Cristobal Hill, Sky Costanera, and Completo have the best views of Santiago
  • Best Day Trips: The best day trips from Santiago are to Nearby Vineyards, Mountains, and Cajon del Maipo
  • Rainy Days: On a rainy day in Santiago, consider visiting the central market, going museum hopping, or seeing a show

Read on for recommendations on what to do in Santiago, including plenty of useful info to help you plan the perfect trip there.

The Best Things To Do in Santiago

I’ve visited Santiago more times than most and in all of my years of returning to Chile’s vibrant capital, I’ve always tried to see as much as I can.

I’ve seen and done more things in Santiago than I can count, but I’ve narrowed them down to this list of 21 things to do in Santiago that anyone could conquer with a few days in the city.

1. Explore the Plaza de Armas

The best place to begin your exploration of the Chilean capital is the Plaza de Armas. As is the case with most major cities in South America, this “Square of Weapons” was designed to be the city centre. Santiago’s main plaza has been just that since the city was founded back in 1541. 

Back in colonial times, you would find the gallows at the heart of the Plaza de Armas. Thankfully, those have been replaced by a fountain celebrating Simon Bolivar. The…

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