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18 Awesome Things To Do In Santiago, Chile

mountains around a city

Are you thinking of visiting the Chilean capital but you’re not sure what things there are to do in Santiago? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

Santiago is a large city with a laid-back atmosphere. It’s surrounded by the gorgeous Andes Mountains and is your gateway to wine regions, Patagonia and even Easter Island.

But don’t just use Santiago as a starting point, there are many reasons to stick around and explore the city for a while.

Sunset over Santiago

The heart of the city is a historic gem, featuring old colonial buildings in neoclassical styles, as well as world-class museums, stunning urban parks, and bustling markets.

To find out the best of the best things to do in Santiago, we interviewed Emily from Don’t Call Me Gringa who first came to Santiago in 2005 as a study abroad student, and decided not to leave!

Emily shares with us her insider tips on what to do in Santiago, including the best places to see, eat, stay, drink, and explore.

Why visit Santiago?

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Chilean vineyard

Santiago’s has got a lot of attention as a city that’s really coming into its own. It’s got great museums and cultural events, delicious food, local crafts and of course, plenty of wine.

Chile is a gorgeous country with a huge variety of landscapes, and Santiago is the jumping off point to all that, whether you’re thinking deserts, glaciers, wine regions, or even Easter Island.

Santiago is not just a stopping point to explore other parts of Chile, it also has a vibrant atmosphere and welcoming locals. Not to mention a great gastronomy scene for those foodies who love to try new things.

With a high police presence and a low crime rate, it’s a safe South American city that tourists can feel comfortable in.

If you’re looking for a city with a laid-back atmosphere and plenty of things to do, then Santiago is for you.

Things to Do in Santiago

Now you know a little bit about what makes Santiago a great place to visit, it’s time to introduce you to the top attractions in the city!

1. Take the Funicular up to San Cristobal Hill

On a clear day, take the funicular up San Cristóbal hill to enjoy the views of the city. Taking the funicular up to Cerro San Cristobal in Santiago, Chile is an amazing experience.

Located on a hill overlooking the city and accessed from Metropolitan Park, the views are absolutely stunning.

On the hill rests one of the most iconic religious landmarks in Santiago—the statue of the Virgin Mary, which dates back to 1908….

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