Recent Searches
Clear
Things to do in Santiago

Things to do in  Santiago

Welcome to Santiago

Santiago, Chile’s thriving capital, unites the best of modern city life with a prime geographical position between the Andes mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Mixed into the melting pot of colonial architecture and Latino flair, Santiago highlights such as Bellavista, thronged with street art and chic bars; San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal); Plaza de Armas; and Mercado Central (Central Market) top the list for most travelers—and are easy to tick off, plus more, on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Just 1.5 hours west of Santiago, Valparaiso is a UNESCO World Heritage port city with a historic quarter full of winding alleys; colorful houses; and 19th-century funiculars (cable railways), which take you up Concepción and Alegre hills. Neighboring Viña del Mar, or the Garden City, boasts pretty parks and historic architecture—visit both in one day on a day trip from Santiago. And no visit to Santiago is complete without a jaunt into its valleys. Maipo Valley, or El Cajon del Maipo, is a beautiful natural spot for camping, hiking, and a variety of sports. Just as impressive as the gorge is its array of famous wineries: the vineyards and cellars of Concha y Toro Winery, Santa Rita Winery, and Undurraga Winery all offer wine-tasting tours.

Top 15 attractions in Santiago

#1
Viña del Mar

Viña del Mar

star-51,716
Nicknamed the Garden City and located just an hour from Santiago, Viña del Mar is a charming seaside town famous for its flowers and its beach. Top attractions include the seafront Wulff Castle, the Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), and Francisco Fonck Museum, the entrance of which is marked by a stone moai statue from Easter Island.More
#2
La Moneda Palace (Palacio de la Moneda)

La Moneda Palace (Palacio de la Moneda)

star-4.51,031
The presidential palace known as La Moneda Palace (Palacio de la Moneda)is one of Santiago’s architectural icons. A giant Chilean flag billows before the white, neoclassical building, which houses movie theaters, art galleries, and an independent bookstore. Look for the statue of former president Salvador Allende at the southeast corner of Plaza de la Constitución.More
#3
Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santa Lucia)

Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santa Lucia)

star-4.5997
Threaded with staircases and punctuated by plazas, the 230-foot-high (70-meter-high) Santa Lucía Hill is a landmark of downtown Santiago. Climb the 200+ stairs to the Torre Mirador viewpoint for panoramic views over the city and Andes beyond, catch the ceremonial cannon fire at noon, and people watch in the colorfully tiled Pedro de Valdivia Plaza.More
#4
San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal)

San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal)

star-51,003
The Santiago skyline is dominated by San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal), a forested mountain rising 2,821 feet (860 meters) above the city. The site is protected as part of the Santiago Metropolitan Park (Parque Metropolitano), one of the most famous city parks in Chile. Today, the park serves as a scenic escape above the smog that can grip Santiago on winter days, and offers fantastic views across this city of 6.5 million to the Andes Mountains.More
#5
Concha y Toro Winery

Concha y Toro Winery

star-5552
Open since 1883 and ranking among South America’s largest wine producers, Concha y Toro Winery is one of Chile’s most famous winemakers. The winery has vineyards all over the country and produces a huge variety of wines, including the world-renowned Don Melchor cabernet sauvignon. Its Pirque winery is a favorite Maipo Valley destination for oenophiles.More
#6
Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas

star-51,065
The site on which the city was founded back in 1541, Plaza de Armas is both the heart of Santiago de Chile’s historic district and the epicenter of the modern city. The leafy, palm-fringed plaza is surrounded by grand monuments and architectural landmarks, and it’s abuzz with activity at all hours of the day and night.More
#7
Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)

Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)

star-4.5705
Santiago's Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana is considered one of the finest pieces of religious architecture in South America. This is the cathedral’s fifth incarnation (not including numerous additional touch-ups since a church was first dedicated on this spot in 1561. The structure has dominated the west side of the Plaza de Armas for centuries and serves as the heart of the city.More
#8
Santiago Central Market (Mercado Central de Santiago)

Santiago Central Market (Mercado Central de Santiago)

star-4.5477
Located in downtown Santiago, the Central Market (Mercado Central is a great place for visitors to get a peek into the hustle and bustle of local life. Its wrought iron interior houses fruit and vegetable vendors, a fish market, and multiple restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious, authentic, and affordable meal.More
#9
Bellavista

Bellavista

star-4.5591
Bohemian Bellavista—sandwiched between San Cristóbal Hill and the Mapocho River—is one of Santiago’s most walkable neighborhoods, known for varied nightlife, some of the city’s most colorful street art, and numerous boutiques. A particular Bellavista highlight is La Chascona House-Museum, Pablo Neruda’s former residence.More
#10
Farellones and El Colorado

Farellones and El Colorado

star-519
These interconnected villages of Farellones and El Colorado—located only one hour from Santiago—comprise one of the most popular ski resorts in the country, both because of their proximity to the capital and their location among the snow-capped peaks of the Andes. As opposed to Valle Nevado, El Colorado is recommended for beginner and non-skiers.More
#11
Plaza de la Constitucion

Plaza de la Constitucion

star-4.5750
At the heart of Chile’s political landscape, the Plaza de la Constitucion is a vast, paved square occupying a full square block in the center of Santiago’s civic district. Surrounded by government buildings like the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice, and the Banco Central de Chile, the most impressive site of all is the square’s Palacio de la Moneda.Designed by the Italian architect Joaquín Toesca and built in the late 18th century, the Palacio de la Moneda is said to be one of the finest neoclassical buildings in South America. Originally intended as the Royal Mint, today the palace houses the Chilean presidential offices.Every second morning, here’s where you can see the changing of the guard set to the Chilean national anthem, and while you can’t go inside the palacio, you can wander its inner courtyards. In front of the south side of the Palacio Moneda, it’s worth visiting the Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda. Opened in 2006, the cultural center features temporary exhibitions of South American art and photography.More
#12
Cajón del Maipo

Cajón del Maipo

star-5395
Cajón del Maipo, a narrow canyon where the Maipo River flows, begins just 16 miles (25 kilometers) southwest of Santiago, but its picturesque scenery, fresh air, and charming mountain towns feel worlds away from Chile’s capital city. Thanks to its close proximity to Santiago, though, Cajón del Maipo is one of the more popular day trip destinations for an easy escape to Chile’s famed wilderness.More
#13
Forestal Park (Parque Forestal)

Forestal Park (Parque Forestal)

star-4.5509
Forestal Park (Parque Forestal), the natural green lung of Santiago, provides a peaceful break from the frenetic bustle of Chile’s capital city. Stretching from Central Market to Plaza Italia, this area offers walking paths shaded by leafy trees and two popular museums: the MAC (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo) and Palacio de Bellas Artes.More
#14
El Yeso Dam (Embalse El Yeso)

El Yeso Dam (Embalse El Yeso)

star-5903
El Yeso Dam (Embalse El Yeso), which was built in 1964, created a turquoise reservoir that can hold more than 253 million cubic meters of water. Though just a couple hours outside of Santiago, the snow-capped mountains that surround the site are more reminiscent of rural Patagonia than of the bustling metropolis.More
#15
Palacio de Bellas Artes

Palacio de Bellas Artes

star-4.5269
Constructed in 1910, at the height of Latin America's frilly neoclassical-meets-art-nouveau architectural wave, the graceful Palacio de Bellas Artes still strikes an imposing figure amidst modern Santiago's cold skyscrapers. Its ornate stone facade and permanent artistic merit make it the perfect home for the National Museum of Fine Arts and its paintings, sculptures, and drawings dating from the colonial period to present day.More

Trip ideas

Top Wineries Near Santiago

Top Wineries Near Santiago

How to Spend 3 Days in Santiago

How to Spend 3 Days in Santiago

Valparaiso Tours from Santiago

Valparaiso Tours from Santiago

Top activities in Santiago

Portillo Inca Lagoon at The Andes Mountains and San Esteban Vineyard from Santiago
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Small-Group Cajón del Maipo Full-Day Tour and Picnic
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Private Santiago City Half Day Tour
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out

Private Santiago City Half Day Tour

star-4.5
107
From
USD46.90
Operators have paid Viator more to have their experiences featured here

Recent reviews from experiences in Santiago

star-5
Nice welcome to Santiago
Frederick_F, Jul. 2022
Private Santiago City Half Day Tour
Highly recommend this tour if your looking to see Santiago from a locals point of view.
star-5
Highly recommend
Darcy_L, Jul. 2022
Viña del Mar & Valparaiso - Full Day - Small group and private tours
It is hard to find English speaking guides in Chile, so glad to have found him!
star-5
¡Perfecto!
Philip_H, Apr. 2022
Private Tour: Santiago City Sightseeing
We got to see key Santiago sights in a few hours - changing of the guard at La Moneda and taking the teleferico up San Cristobal Hill were highlights!
star-5
Nice Tour with Alex
Minho_C, Apr. 2022
Private Santiago City Half Day Tour
He spoke perfect English and I was able to learn the historic, geographic and culturistic aspects of Chile and Santiago.
star-5
Great Views and Nice guide (Fabian)
Minho_C, Apr. 2022
Small-Group Cajón del Maipo Full-Day Tour and Picnic
Fabian spoke perfect Spanish and English, and took us to one of the most beautiful lagoons/mountains at Santiago.
star-5
See where Chilean wine you drink in the US is from
Steve_G, Mar. 2022
Premium Concha y Toro Winery Tour with Wine and Cheese Tastings from Santiago
English language Tour was very good, though the guide was a bit over the top.
star-4
Santiago had received a...
Vanessa_T, Jul. 2022
Andes Day Volcano 8K - Cajón del Maipo
I'm rating it 4 stars just because the hike was much more difficult than advertised however, I do recognize that we had to improvise due to the recent snow fall.
star-5
Fantastic Off the beaten path tour of beautiful Valparaiso!
Charlie_C, Jul. 2022
Full-Day Tour of Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar from Santiago
Be prepared to visit the fish market, drive all the way near the top of Valparaiso and enjoy a leisurely stroll down the hill.
star-4
Beautiful tour unbelievable sights.
Raul_H, Mar. 2022
Small-Group Cajón del Maipo Full-Day Tour and Picnic
He was excellent in his knowledge of the area and he spoke great English.
star-5
Best thing I did in Santiago
Zelda_Z, Mar. 2022
Santiago Like a Local: Customized Private Tour
I wanted to see cultural things, so we agreed on a tour that would take us to lots of places I wanted to see.
star-4
A fantastic day out
Trevor_H, Feb. 2022
Inca Lagoon in Andes Mountain Range - Visit Local Vineyard with Tasting included
This time we stopped at Panorama Rio Juncalillo, a popular viewpoint, to see the heavy lorries negotiate the twists and turns of the 17 hairpin bends as they wended their way up and down the side of the mountain.
star-5
Best Tour in Santiago
Joann_W, May 2020
Private Tour: Santiago City Sightseeing
Our guide Carol was very informative and spoke perfect English.
star-5
Santiago orientation tour
Robert_H, Mar. 2020
Small Group Santiago City Tour
This was a great way to see the main sights and also learn about the culture and history of Santiago.
star-5
Lovely tour
Collin, Mar. 2020
Private San Cristobal Hill & Metropolitan Park Santiago Bike Tour
Great way to see Santiago, better than the hop on and off bus by a long shot.
star-5
Fabulous walking tour in Santiago!
Lisa_D, Feb. 2020
Private Santiago 3-Hour Walking Tour
Would recommend him highly to those looking for a English speaking guide who’s full of passion and energy with lots of experience and knowledge of the Santiago area.
star-5
Good way to see the coast
Robert_H, Feb. 2020
Full-Day Tour of Valparaiso Port and Viña del Mar from Santiago
Good way to see the coast at Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar if you are staying in Santiago.
star-5
Port to Santiago City.
glangford35, Feb. 2020
Private Transfer San Antonio port to Hotel or Santiago Airport
Although driver had only limited English he used his phone app to communicate with us along the way, very considerate and helpful of him.
star-5
Excellent tour north of Santiago
chippierson, Feb. 2020
Portillo Inca Lagoon at The Andes Mountains and San Esteban Vineyard from Santiago
Lots to see in Valle de Aconcagua and the drive to Portillo and Laguna Del Inca was outstanding!
star-5
Friendly, Helpful & Professional
hc8585, Jan. 2020
Transfer in Private Minivan from Santiago Airport (SCL) - Santiago de Chile City
He was very friendly and his English is perfect.
star-4
Great way to quickly see Santiago
Kurt_D, Jan. 2020
Small group transfer from Valparaiso or San Antonio Port + Santiago City Tour
great way to see the sights of Santiago as well as travel from the San Antonio port to our hotel in Santiago.
We perform checks on reviews

All about Santiago

When to visit

Chile’s capital is at its brightest and boldest during September's Fiesta Patria, when traffic halts, offices close, and streets fill with makeshift shacks fitted with dance floors and open barbecues. Alternatively, the springtime months of October and November guarantee plenty of cool and sunny days that prove perfect for exploring.

People Also Ask

What is Santiago best known for?

Vibrant, cosmopolitan Santiago is known for its alluring location, nestled in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes. The city offers the diversions of a modern metropolis with the bonus of nature on its doorstep. Here you’ll find top-flight museums and restaurants, plus diverse neighborhoods, each with its own character.

...More
How many days are enough in Santiago?

Two or three days is enough time in Santiago to see the main attractions and get a feel for the city. If you have longer, you can make Santiago your base for day trips to nearby wineries, ski slopes, or even as far as the coastal city of Valparaiso.

...More
Is Santiago a cool city?

Yes. Santiago is a cool city. In the past, it had a rather staid reputation, but nowadays, thanks to its revived cultural and food scenes, Santiago has become a South American hot spot. The best way to get a feel for the city is by exploring its diverse, art-filled bohemian neighborhoods.

...More
What do people in Santiago Chile do for fun?

Get a taste of local life at one of Santiago’s colorful markets, such as the Central Market where you can pick up fresh fruit and enjoy a seafood lunch or at the shops of Barrio Italia. You’ll often find local Santiagans heading to the mountains and vineyards in their free time.

...More
What can you do in Santiago for free?

You can wander around Santiago’s colorful bohemian neighborhoods and the historic Plaza de Armas for free, or you can walk up the hills of Cerro San Cristóbal and Cerro Santa Lucía for city views. You can also visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Museum of Memory and Human Rights.

...More
Is Santiago a safe city?

Yes. Santiago is generally a safe city. However, be vigilant, particularly in crowded areas, as pickpocketing and bag snatching can occur. Santiago is a hub for peaceful demonstrations throughout the year, but travelers should be cautious on Sept. 11, the anniversary of the 1973 military coup.

...More
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the top things to do in Santiago?
Q:
What are the top activities in Santiago?
Q:
What are the top things to do near Santiago?
A:
Q:
What do I need to know before visiting Santiago?