Things to do
Founded by the Spanish in 1541, Santiago’s Latin roots run deep, and can be uncovered in museums and historic sites across the city. Discover Chile’s pre-Colombian cultures at the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Or simply meander the streets dotted with neoclassical architecture, from the Cathedral Metropolotana to the Teatro Municipal.
For such a busy city, Santiago has some world-class parks. For awe-inspiring views of the snow-capped Andes, head to Santiago’s largest green space, Parque Metropolitano (more commonly known as Cerro San Cristóbal). Zip around by cable car to cover all the main attractions – which include a zoo and botanical garden.
While it may not have the heritage of Florence, Santiago’s art scene is fast-becoming one of this city’s highlights. Hire a bike and cycle through neighbourhoods like Barrio Yungay, taking in the vibrant, political street art. Art lovers mustn’t miss a trip to Centro Gabriela Mistral, a striking cultural and performing arts centre. Swing by to see an exhibit or catch one of the (almost-daily) concerts or performances. Or, to take some art home, browse the galleries and craft shops in Bellavista, Santiago’s bohemian barrio.