Things to do in Santiago
Santiago is the capital and largest city in Chile – it’s also one of the largest cities in the Americas! It may appear overwhelming to newcomers, but Vinnie Van GO has made a Santiago guide of some of his all-time favorite spots to make your visit easier.
This metropolis cradled by the Andes holds an exciting adventure for you! Check out Vinnie's guide of all the best festivals, tours, and things to do in Santiago. Enjoy Santiago de Chile!
Pablo Neruda Anniversary
Throughout July, Chile celebrates one of the world’s most revered and iconic poets: Pablo Neruda. This month-long event is set in La Chascona, Neruda’s former home in the Bellavista district of Santiago, now occupied by the Neruda Foundation, this house is full of cultural events including poetry readings, book signings and live music performances. This is not to be missed!
Every January, Santiago hosts its annual Love Parade. This day long event offers colorful parades and floats – a must-visit event for any music lover. Over 100 DJs from all over the world play for massive crowds, all in the celebration of love. Rest up – this festival usually lasts all night.
f you’re in the area for the month of March, the city is all about cowboys (or “huasos”) and bucking broncos. Santiago hosts many events, but the main action is in Rancagua, a short shuttle ride from the city.
Downtown Santiago is home to the Movistar Arena, a 15,00 seat multi-purpose indoor arena. This arena is the site of most of Santiago’s biggest concerts and performances, as well as occasional sport events.
Av. Beaucheff 1204, O'Higgins Park
La Moneda Palace
The Presidential Palace is an architectural marvel. History buffs will love this place, especially the palace’s free daily hour-long tours. Make sure you call ahead – reservations can only be made seven days in advance!
This massive park in Santiago is home to Cerro San Cristóbal, a hill with a beautiful view over the city and out to the Andes on a clear day. You can hike to the peak in 40-60 minutes or take a funicular, although this is a pricy option.
This 19th century market holds a thriving atmosphere, where vendors display their finest from market-like stalls alongside world class restaurants. This is a perfect place to spend the day no matter what season. Don’t leave without trying some of the cities best fresh seafood!
Santiago is an amazing city to walk around, but if you’d prefer a more guided experience, the city has a number of excellent options for you. One of the best is the Santiago Walk Tour, a four hour excursion through the streets of Santiago that emphasizes the city’s culinary traditions. Food tastings and market tours are included. While you’re in Santiago, you might as well take a tour of the Andes. This tour is a physical feat, but the views you will encounter are unmatched.
Santiago has a vibrant culinary tradition. Here are Vinnie Van GO’s favorite spots. Make a night out of it and reserve a limo for you and your group!
For a nice atmosphere for a low price, there’s no better spot than Castillo Forestal. This French cuisine with a Chilean twist offers up a vegetarian-friendly menu. This place is a favorite among locals.
Av. Cardenal Jose Maria Caro 390
Parque Forestal, Santiago 8320060, Chile
For the true Chilean food experience, this fast food shop sells meaty sandwiches that are both authentic and a quick hunger fix.
Avenida Pedro de Valdivia 210
Barcelona, Santiago, Chile
For a more upscale experience, try the Latin Grill. Perfect for business dinners, this seafood restaurant brings you the best of Chilean traditional cuisine, and is known to be one of the best restaurants in Santiago.
Av Presidente Kennedy 5741
Santiago Marriott Hotel, Santiago 8320000, Chile