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The top places to fall in love with Chile

Capital of Chile

1Santiago

2,137 properties in Santiago

Welcome to Santiago

Down below the picture-postcard backdrop of the snowy Andes, something is stirring. That something is Santiago, a colonial-outpost-turned-modern-metropolis. From the cash-flow capital of “Sanhattan” to the Bohemian bars of Bellavista, it’s a city that brims with self-confidence. ¡Bienvenidos!

What travellers love about Santiago

  • Shopping

    19,866 recommendations

  • Food

    15,611 recommendations

  • Culture

    14,089 recommendations

  • City walks

    14,036 recommendations

2San Pedro de Atacama

219 properties in San Pedro de Atacama

What travellers love about San Pedro de Atacama

  • Scenery

    8,662 recommendations

  • Deserts

    7,901 recommendations

  • Nature

    7,616 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    6,351 recommendations

3Viña del Mar

1,120 properties in Viña del Mar

What travellers love about Viña del Mar

  • Beach walks

    5,117 recommendations

  • Beaches

    4,704 recommendations

  • Relaxation

    4,108 recommendations

  • Coastal walks

    3,441 recommendations

4Pucón

546 properties in Pucón

What travellers love about Pucón

  • Scenery

    5,109 recommendations

  • Nature

    5,046 recommendations

  • Volcanoes

    4,715 recommendations

  • Lakes

    4,443 recommendations

Best places to see in Chile

Mapocho Station Museum
Museums
“All change!” This former train station was Chile’s main transport hub for until disrepair forced it to close in 1987. It reopened in 1994 as a cavernous cultural centre, swapping iron rails for picture rails and train fares for trade fairs. Check timetables for upcoming exhibitions and workshops, on everything from cutting-edge design to tribal weaving techniques.
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Santa Lucia Hill
Landmarks
This is where it all began. In 1540, Spanish conquistador, Pedro de Valdivia, stood at the foot of Santa Lucia Hill and proclaimed a new city. Fast-forward five hundred years and the crucible of the nation is a leafy hillside park. Winding paths criss-cross copses on the way to the summit, where the crenellated viewing tower offers a tip-top photo op. Nice spot Pedro!
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Central Market
Popular areas
Fish! Fresh fish! This market is a paradise for seafood lovers. All manner of tasty, glistening creatures are plucked straight from the pristine waters of the Humboldt Straits and displayed on beds of crushed ice. You don’t have to wait around for your fishy fix – just head to one of the eateries inside the market for a tasty bowl of “paila marina” (seafood soup).
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San Cristobal Hill
Landmarks
Ave Maria! A giant, ice-white statue of the Christian Virgin Mary presides over Santiago from San Cristobal Hill. Lit up at night like a beatific beacon, she’s always visible from the city sprawl below. She certainly chose a good spot – the views from this hill are breath-taking. On clear days, the panorama sweeps up from the city streets all the way to the snow-dusted Andes.
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Plaza de Armas
Popular areas
The beating heart of Santiago. In days gone by, this parade ground was the nucleus of colonial power, with imposing edifices encircling a central gallows. Today’s Santiaguinos come here to hang out in the dappled shade of oversized palm trees. Kids frolic in the fountains, youngsters canoodle on benches and old timers chat over chessboards. Quite an improvement.
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Los Domínicos Market
Landmarks
Stuck for souvenirs? Search no further. This crafts market showcases the best of Chilean handiwork. Wicker baskets, woollen ponchos and lapis lazuli jewellery are all up for grabs here. It’s set in a quaint mock-up of a colonial-era village, complete with trickling streams and wooden footbridges. Worked up an appetite? Tuck into a hearty plate of “pastel de choclo” (corn pie).
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What travellers love about Chile

Scenery
Recommended by 81,387 travellers
Tranquillity
Recommended by 60,229 travellers
Nature
Recommended by 57,194 travellers

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