Best Things To Do in Santiago, Chile

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Santiago’s brilliance hides in its variety and even though there is a lot more to see, you can narrow down its highlights in 3-4 days. Start with the vineyards (don’t miss the Cousiño Macul vineyard) which line the stretch of land between the majestic Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains to really get in the groove of the city. The Santiago downtown itself has it own long list of things to see while you dip in its heritage buildings like historic squares like the Plaza de Armas, the Centro area, the neighborhood of the Presidential Palace.

The museums like Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino (Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art), Iglesia y museo de San Francisco add great stories and history to the city while its stunning urban parks, refined restaurants and bars and iconic Jazz clubs will get you in high spirits for sure.

For nature lovers who are wandering what to do when in Chile, a hike through the Andes Mountain in Santiago’s outskirts might just be what is pending off your ‘Things to do list’. Winter’s beckon skiers to ski down the majestic peaks of the Andes too!

Below we have a list of things to do in Santiago and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Santiago getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Santiago with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Santiago

Here is the list of things to do in Santiago and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Santa Lucia Hill

    4.6 (983 Votes)
    Santa Lucia Hill

    Outdoors, Park, Hill

    The Santa Lucia Hill is a triangular hill standing out in the metropolitan part of Santiago which is presently a Public Park to preserve apart of nature in the city! It was at the foothill of the Cerro Santa Lucia, that Pedro de Valdivia founded the city of Santiago in the 16th century as a crown to Spain. The hill was used as a strategic place to overlook the city and in the 19th century, the ...Read more
  2. Barrio Bellavista

    4.3 (896 Votes)
    Barrio Bellavista

    Bar, Restaurant, Entertainment

    The Barrio Bellavista is one of the hippest places in Santiago and you will be spoilt for choice by trendiest local bars and restaurants, avant-garde art galleries and local shops that sell craft articles. Whether you grab a coffee at a Café while people-watching or buy specialty gifts like shawls, rugs, blankets, copper articles or semi-precious stones, the Barrio keeps you engaged duri...Read more
  3. Costanera Center

    4.4 (817 Votes)
    Costanera Center

    Entertainment, Theatre, Mall, Shopping Center

    The Costanera Center is retail therapy at its best with some of the biggest brands of clothing, accessories, perfumes, shoes and more spread across a six-floor shopping mall. The place also has a wide variety to offer for foodies with premium international food chains that serve their signature food. The complex consists of the shopping mall, the Gran Torre Santiago (tallest building in Latin A...Read more
  4. La Chascona

    4.6 (868 Votes)
    La Chascona
    La Chascona was one of the three houses of the famous Poet Pablo Neruda built for his secret lover Matilde Urrutia. The house is one of the most fascinating place to witness- giving a rare peak into the Poet’s co-designed spaces which carry an essence of his mind. From intimate reading places to the colorful dining room, the place oozes the couple’s artistic taste. Highlights includ...Read more
  5. Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral

    Religious Site, Architecture , Cathedral

    Known for its gorgeous neo-classical architecture, the Metropolitan Cathedral was built during the second half of the 18th century. Further embellishments were added to the cathedral during the 19th century- making it one of the most beautiful buildings in Santiago till date. The Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Santiago de Chile and overlooks the Plaza de Armas and is surrounded by o...Read more
  6. Vina Concha Y Toro

    4.6 (306 Votes)
    Vina Concha Y Toro

    Winery, Adults

    The Concha y Toro Winery is one of the highlights of Santiago and is the largest wine producer in Chile. The place offers tours that give the visitors an intimate experience of the grounds and has its own wine bar and restaurant where you can grab a hearty meal. Highlights Include: The legendary Devil’s Cellar- home to a myth of seeing the Devil, told to ward off wine stealers. The plac...Read more
  7. Barrio Lastarria

    Museum, Walking Area, Food And Drinks, Cafe

    The neighborhood of Lastarria or Barrio Lastarria is one of the most beautifully maintained historic places in Chile and you can take a walk through pathways which embracehouses built in the 19th century, a burst of cafes and restaurants and a bohemian ambience which is simply Chile at its best! The barrio is loved for carrying its history and the culture of Chile through its architectural marv...Read more
  8. Araucano Park

    4.7 (461 Votes)
    Araucano Park

    Park, Walking Area, Picnic Spot

    If you love nature or are simply looking for a place to lie down and soak up the sun, the Araucano Park is your best bet! The park comes to life with families and friends spending quality time here taking part in activities or simply having a picnic with their loved ones. The park also has its own pool and is the perfect place to run, ride a bicycle or take a nice long walk through its huge gro...Read more
  9. Musuem Of Memory And Human Rights

    Specialty Museum

    Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos is dedicated to the people who were the victims under the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet and offer documents, letter, posters and photographs of one of the most troubled times in Chile. The museum contains interesting facts and has graphic exhibitions that give us a peak into the times when humanity was lost. The museum, in its own way stand...Read more
  10. La Moneda Palace

    4.5 (638 Votes)
    La Moneda Palace

    Palace, Architecture

    La Moneda is the Presidential office of Chile and reflects a regal yet splendid architectural design. Created by an Italian architect in the late 18th century, the place is loved for its neo-classical layout and design and overlooks the Plaza de La Ciudadania. Today, after surviving a missile attack, the place has since been reconstructed and cherished for it stories and history. Take a tour he...Read more
  11. Museo Chileno De Arte Precolombino

    Art And Culture, History Museum

    The Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino showcases America’s Pre-Columbian treasures. The museum was founded in 1981 by Sergio Larrain Garcia Moreno- a Chilean Philanthropist. His donation of ancient American art and artifacts has been matched over years by generous donation especially that of Latin American historic objects and art. The museum celebrates the native-American history and is ...Read more
  12. Centro Cultural Palacio De La Moneda

    Art And Culture, Art Gallery, Entertainment, Theatre

    The cultural center is loved for its wide variety of activities, exhibitions and movies which cover everything about the culture (historic as well as evolving) of America. Designed by Chilean architect Cristián Undurraga and functioning since 2006, the whole center covers a large part to the south of the Moneda Palace. The place hosts temporary and permanent exhibitions and also has its ...Read more
  13. Bicentenario


    The Parque Bicentenario will make you see Santiago ina whole new light- the beautiful lush green trees which cover 1300 of species native to Chile and is home to the ‘Chilean Palm preservation project’, the lagoons located to its either side, a pond where you will find fishes, swans, herons and flamingoes and a heap of activities which take place throughout the park! The park is a w...Read more
  14. Plaza De Armas

    4.2 (837 Votes)
    Plaza De Armas


    The Plaza de Armas is the main square of Santiago around which the rest of the grid-pattern of the city was constructed. The square has some of the best historic buildings in the city and is simply one of those brilliant places where you can grab something to eat as you absorb the beautiful architecture of buildings dating back to the 18th century! Highlights Include: Metropolitan Cathedral Ce...Read more
  15. Falabella Parque Arauco

    4.3 (251 Votes)
    Falabella Parque Arauco

    Restaurant, Shopping Center, Fine Dining

    Parque Arauco is one of the largest shopping malls in Chile and is known for its uber-cool brands like Adidas, Louis Vuitton and Burberry among other retail giants. The mall also has huge variety to offer for foodies and accommodates some of the biggest food chains from around the world to fine restaurants which are perfect for a refreshing meal. If you love shopping, a visit here is simply lon...Read more