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Santiago de Chile Vacations

The top sights, highlights, tours & travel itinaries curated by our Travel Experts.

    1. Destinations
    2. South America
    3. Chile
    4. Santiago de Chile

    Travel to Santiago de Chile on Vacation

    The first thing you’ll notice during your Santiago vacation are the Andes Mountains on one side and the Chilean Coastal Range to the west, both of which flank the city. Your Santiago trip could begin with Cerro San Cristóbal—the best view from above of this metropolis—or in the Bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista, once home to the Nobel poet, Pablo Neruda, now alive with quirky art and diverse eateries not found elsewhere in the city. Your Santiago tour should end at the Plaza de Armas, the perfect place to enjoy street performances and local bites.

    1. View of the Plaza de Armas in Santiago, the capital of Chile

      1. Plaza de Armas

    2. View of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago in Chile

      2. Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago

    3. View of the Palacio de La Moneda in Santiago de Chile

      3. Palacio de La Moneda

    Things to Do in Santiago de Chile

    1. Plaza de Armas

    The Plaza de Armas is the main square of Santiago, a popular meeting place for city dwellers. Stroll by in the evening and see the colonial square’s vivacity—regular performances by artists and comedians attract cultural congregations. Some astounding buildings line the streets that surround the square, notably the Palacio de la Real Audencia, Town Hall, and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago.

    2. Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago

    Next to the Plaza de Armas is the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, one of the most celebrated churches in the southern cone. Built from 1748 to 1800, the centerpiece is the altar that further adorns this sacred space. During your Santiago tour, make sure to come back at night for a real treat: observing the cathedral bathed in golden light.

    3. Palacio de La Moneda

    One of the country’s major attractions, the Palacio de La Moneda is the seat of Chile’s acting president, and is unmissable for any history buff. Renowned for the famous 1973 a coup d'état took in which president Salvador Allende was overthrown, the Palacio today commemorates the deposed president with a statue that rests on the Plaza de la Constitución. A changing of the guards takes place in front of the palace and is accompanied by a military band.

    4. Viña Aquitania

    If you fancy a day trip from Santiago, then ten miles from the capital is Viña Aquitania. Easily reachable via public transport from the city, guided tours of this expansive vineyard estate are provided and, of course, include world-renowned tastings. Learn of the viticulture as you take in views that further soothe your taste buds in one of the world’s most admired wine regions. Less

    Visit Santiago de Chile on These Tours

    1. See Mount Fitzroy Peak in Argentina, pictured here in the sunlight, on a tour of Argentina and Chile




      excl. Flight (p.P.)

    2. Admire the Atacama Desert, pictured here in the evening, on a Chile vacation

    Other Places to Visit During Your Tour

    1. View of the port of Valparaiso at night


    2. See the Valle de la Luna, pictured here in the long shadows of the afternoon with a blue sky in the background, on an Atacama Desert tour

      Atacama Desert

    3. See the silhouettes of Moai statues against the sunset on an Easter Island vacation

      Easter Island