Places of interest around Santiago, Chile

Here is a list of must-go places around Santiago! I’ve grouped them into different categories of Arts & Culture, Nature & Trekking, Sports, and Shopping & Cinema.

I´ve only listed places that I recommend 🙂

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Arts & Culture

  • La Moneda & Plaza de Armas, Downtown Santiago

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  • Barrio Bellavista, Downtown Santiago

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  • Barrio Lastarria, Downtown Santiago

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  • Barrio Brasil & Yungay, Downtown Santiago

 barrio concha y toro

  • Calle Paris/ Londres
  • La Chascona in Barrio Bellavista, Downtown Santiago
  • Cementerio General
  • National Library, Downtown Santiago

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  • La Vega & Mercado Central

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  • Pueblito Los Domínicos (Chilean art craft & jewelry)
  • Observatorio Astronómico Andino, Lo Barnechea
  • Museums
    • Museo de Memoria y Derechos Humano
    • Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
    • Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
    • Museo Historico Nacional
    • MAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo
    • Museo Interactivo Mirador
    • GAM Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins 227, Santiago Centro)
    • Centro Cultural La Moneda
  •  Theatres
    • Teatro Municipal de Santiago (Agustinas 794, Santiago Centro)
    • Teatro Municipal de Las Condes (Apoquindo 3300, Las Condes)
    • Teatro Nescafé de Las Artes (Manuel Montt 032, Providencia)
    • Teatro Mori (Constitución 183, Bellavista)
    • Universidad de Chile Centro Artística y salas de teatro (Providencia 043, and Morandé 750, Santiago Centro)
    • Teatro  Nacional Chileno (Morandé 25, Santiago Centro)
    • Teatro de Universidad Católica (Jorge Washington 26 Plaza Ñuñoa)
    • GAM Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins 227, Santiago Centro)
  • Art Galleries
    • Die Ecke (Av. Jose Manuel Infante 1208, Providencia | T. 2269 0401)
    • Patricia Ready (Espoz 3125, Vitacura | T. 2953 6210)
    • Animal (Av. Alonso de Córdoba 3105, Vitacura | T. 2371 9090)
    • Artium (Av. Alonso de Córdoba 3102, Vitacura | T. 2249 7176)
    • Artespacio (Av. Alonso de Córdoba 2600, Vitacura | T. 2234 6164)
    • Cecilia Palma (Av. Alonso de Córdoba 2812, Vitacura | T. 2242 9461)
    • Matthei (Av. Alonso de Córdoba 2843, Vitacura | T. 2207 8007)
    • Plop! (Merced 349, local 7, downtown Santiago | T. 2633 2902)
    • there are various other great art galleries in barrio Bellavista
  • Jazz Bars
    • Club de Jazz de Santiago
    • Jazz Corner
    • Thelonious
    • El Perseguidor
    • Benevento
    • Duke Bar at Hyatt
  • (For bars & restaurants see my post of “Where to eat now in Santiago?”)

 

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Nature & Trekking

Parks and hills for a light walk:

  • Cerro Santa Lucía

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  • Cerro San Cristóbal
  • Parque Bicentenario
  • Parque Araucanía
  • Parque Bustamante
  • Plaza Las Lilas

Mountains for trekking:

  • Cerro Manquehue
  • Cerro Pochoco
  • Cerro La Campana
  • Parque Natural Aguas de Ramón
  • Parque Mahuida
  • Cajón del Maipo (trekking, rock climbing, rafting, canopy, paragliding)
  • Laguna Los Patos

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  • Yerba Loca
  • Monumento Natural El Morado
  • Glaciar El Morado
  • Cerro El Roble
  • Parque Andino Juncal (birds´paradise)

Beaches and lakes:

  • Beach Zapallar, Valparaíso (2.5 hrs driving distance)
  • Beach Cau-Cau, Horcón (2.5 hrs driving distance)
  • Beach Matanzas, Navidad (3hrs driving distance)
  • Beach Quintero: Playa Los Enamorados (2hrs driving distance)

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  • Lake Rapel (2.5 hrs driving distance)
  • Lake Vichuquén (4 hrs driving distance, beautiful lake and houses)
  • Lake Aculeo (2 hrs driving distance, very dry and dirty now)

 

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Sports

Gym:

  • O2
  • Hard Candy
  • Sportslife

Squash & Tennis:

  • O2 Kennedy
  • Club Lo Cañas
  • Jaime Pinto
  • Club Providencia (tennis only, no squash)

Swimming:

  • O2 Kennedy
  • Hard Candy
  • Club Providencia
  • Cerro San Cristóbal (public outdoor pool)

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Surfing:

  • Beach Matanzas

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  • Beach Pichilemu

Indoor rock climbing & bouldering:

  • El Muro (Americo Vespucio Sur 1647, Las Condes | T. 2475 2851)

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Archery (traditional):

  • Federación Chilena de Tiro con Arco (Centro Entrenamiento Olímpico on Ramón Cruz Nº 1176 Of. 305, corner with Av. Grecia )

Roller-blading & skating:

  • Parque Araucano (great rings)

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  • GAM

Dance classes (ballet & jazz):

  • Studio Jorge Carreño (Rancagua 85, Santiago centro, metro Baquedano)
  • Ballet Studio Ana Kovac

Martial Arts:

  • Fight & Fitness, Vitacura (specialized in Brazilian Jujitsu, Thai kick boxing)
  • Tai-Chi at Club Palestino
  • (others good places are gathered in Ñuñoa)

Skii & Snowboard:

  • Valle Nevado
  • Cerro Colorado
  • Los Farellones
  • La Parva
  • Portillo

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  • Lagunillas (very rustic and basic installation)
  • Chillán (5 hrs driving disntace)

Horse riding:

  • Playa Ritoque (Expediciones Ritoque): a beautiful ride through the forest, beach, and dunes

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  • Cabalgata Santiago by La Reina
  • Aconcagua
  • Cajón del Maipo (I personally do not recommend here because from my experience most of the horses are not well taken care of)

 

 

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mall Parque Arauco

Shopping & Cinema

Clothing:

  • Alonso de Cordoba (for international luxury designer brands)
  • Mall Costanera Center
  • Mall Parque Arauco
  • Mall Alto Las Condes
  • Mallsport
  • Patronato (for cheap buys)
  • Barrio Italia (independent clothing designers)

Furniture:

  • Barrio Italia (for furnitures and independent clothing designers)
  • Mercado Bío-Bío
  • Main department stores: Paris, Falabella, Ripley, Homy (a Chilean copy of IKEA)

Food & Groceries:

  • La Vega
  • Jumbo supermarket
  • Unimarc supermarket
  • Lider supermarket
  • La Chakra organic food shop
  • Mercado Orgánico in Vitacura
  • Bakery De Tartas y Tortas
  • Bakery Galletería de Laura R.
  • Coquinaria gourmet food shop
  • Wine shop Vinoteca
  • Wine shop Wines Of Santiago (quality wines and varied selections from small producers)
  • Wine shop Mundo del Vino
  • Wine shop La Cav
  • Mundo de Queso (French cheese shop)

Bookshops & Music:

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Cinemas:

  • El Biografo, Lastarria
  • Cine Arte Alameda
  • Cine Arte Normandie
  • Cinemark in Mall Alto Las Condes
  • Cine Hoyts in Mall Parque Arauco
  • Cine Planet in Mall Costanera Center
  • Centro Cultural de España

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Zapallar beach

Outskirts near Santiago (1-3 day weekend trip)

  • Valparaíso (I suggest to skip Viña del Mar) (2 hrs driving)
  • Algarrobo (2 hrs driving)
  • Lago Rapel (2.5 hrs driving)
  • Lago Vichuquén (4 hrs driving)
  • Various vineyards/ wineries in valleys Casablanca, Colchagua, San Felipe, Curicó
  •   (see my post on “Wineries in Casablanca”)
  • Mapuyampay Gastronomic Hostel in Maule (2.5 hrs driving)
  • Casino Monticello (45min driving)
  • Valle del Elqui (7 hrs driving)
  • Radal de Siete Tazas (7 hrs driving)

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  • Chillán (5 hrs driving)
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