Free Walking Tour Santiago is a private tour guide agency offering free tours around the city. The tours are conducted by friendly guides wearing red t-shirts, who can be found standing near Catedral Metropolitana. The tours last about an hour, covering the major attractions of the city on foot. There are two time slots for group tours the first at 10a and the other at 3p. Tips are encouraged and accepted.
The Museo de la Memoria was opened in 2010 to give an account of the human rights violations of the Chilean people between 1973–1990. It intends to raise awareness and to promote reflection and discussion on these events. It holds a permanent collection of archives and objects meant to teach the history of the country under Pinochet. There is also space reserved for temporary exhibits to deepen understanding of the magnitude of these events.
Located in the heart of Santiago, Cerro Santa Lucia is a large hillside that has been transformed into a beautiful and alluring park and outdoor space. Tourists visiting the picturesque attraction can immerse themselves in Chilean history as they stroll through the lush gardens adorning the former military lookout point. They can also admire the intricate architecture of the park's buildings and fountains, with the vantage points providing a panoramic view of the city upon reaching the summit of the hill. Ascending the carved stairwells and staircases is an invigorating experience and visitors are exposed to the stories embedded in every nook and cranny of the structure.
A monument emanating resplendent beauty and displaying an awe-inspiring visage, the Catedral de Santiago is a regal structure which is an important landmark of Santiago. The construction of the religious edifice spanned quite a few decades, right from the mid-1500s to the late 19th century. Though the building sustained damage during the numerous earthquakes in Santiago, the cathedral has stood its ground, quite literally! The existing building was refurbished and reconstructed by Joaquín Toesca in the baroque and classical styles, with two elegant towers flanking the central nave. The interior is a splendid blend of towering gilded columns and intricately crafted tiles, with ornate frescoes adorning the vaulted ceilings. Magnificent stone beams were discovered in the confines of the church in recent years and the tomb of the first Chilean Cardinal, José María Caro, is located here.
This spectacular home was the residence of Pablo Neruda, the acclaimed Chilean poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The home has its unique style, in great part designed by the poet himself and can be found at the bottom of San Cristóbal Hill. It was built in 1955 by Pablo and his wife, Matilde. There is a beautiful library filled with a vast collection of books, paintings and other objects belonging to Neruda.
This informative museum was installed in the Real Aduana building, which was built in 1805 and 1807. Now it hosts important traveling exhibitions that bring in a large number of visitors. Permanent exhibits include valuable ceramics, paintings, sculptures and significant pre-Columbian textiles, from Mexico to Chile. Guided tours are available on request.
Explore Chilean culinary styles with the help of Foody Chile in Santiago. It is a service provider that offers food tours exploring gourmet, home style and traditional kitchens around the city. The other tours include The Santiago Craft Beer Tour, Maipo's Best Wine Tour and The Pacific Palate. It is one of the few one of the kind tour provider in the city.
The Bahá’í faith was founded in Iran in 1863 and it arrived in South America in 1919. The Bahá’í House of Worship in Chile is located on a hill, on the outskirts of Santiago and was opened in 2016. The temple is known as the temple of lights is open to people of all religions. It is a beautiful combination of organic and futuristic design and looks like an alien spaceship landed on the hills. It has been built from nine monumental glass veils, and each glass veil acts like a door built in different specifications forming an entrance, so all faiths can enter. The veils come together allowing light and air to flow freely into the interior reflecting the Bahá’í faith principles of openness and unity. As the sun sets, the light inside the dome begins to change colors, giving the exterior an appearance of a glowing flower with its buds slowly changing colors. The dome is surrounded by lush gardens and manicured lawns giving a sense of peace to all who visit the temple for prayer or meditation.
Founded in the year 1978, Taller Sol is one of Santiago's most revered cultural venues. Considering the history of the place, it is aptly located in a working class neighborhood and has a small shop in front of it which sells quaint craft items. Behind the shop are several meeting rooms, rented out periodically to music groups and even for private events. The meeting rooms are also rented out to the political parties to conduct several events. The likes of Fernando Mena and Diego Peralta perform here regularly.
This hall is reserved exclusively for classical music and was opened to pay homage to Chile's greatest classical music composer, Claudio Arrau. It is located in Santiago's Municipal Theater, which opened in 1857 and was designed by the architects Baines, Henault and Aldunate. The Arrau hall seats 100 people and is perched on the third floor of the building. The theater has a café, which is open during working hours.
Centro Cultural Teatro La Cúpula is a cultural center and an important venue in town. Managed and operated by the local Municipality, the center is a hub of art and creative activities. Its aim is to balance the three significant avenues, namely, education, art and culture. All its efforts and endeavors are directed in achieving this goal. Concerts, drama, live gigs, entertaining shows and the list of events held here is endless. For more details, call ahead or check website.