Santiago


 

Civic and Historic Center:

Chile’s main government buildings are located in the civic and historic area of downtown Santiago. At the heart of the civic area is the Palacio de la Moneda, the presidential palace and seat of the government). The Moneda Palace is surrounded by various important government buildings, including the Departments of Defense, Treasury, Economy, Agriculture, and Justice, as well as the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic, the Intendancy of the Metropolitan Region of Santiago, the bank Banco de Estado, and the Chancellery. The hub of the historic area is the Plaza de Armas (the main square) and the edifices found there: the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the National History Museum, and the Illustrious Municipality of Santiago.


 

Mercado Central:

The Central Market serves up traditional Chilean meals and is a must for seafood lovers. Built in 1872 and declared a historic monument in 1984, it was recently named the 5th best market in the world by the magazine National Geographic. Thousands of people visit the market every day, from foreign tourists to local visitors and office workers who dine there on their lunch hour. In addition to its superb gastronomy, the Central Market is known among Chileans as the go-to place to recuperate after a night of carrete (partying).


 

San Cristobal Hill:

This green area in the heart of the city is located between the central suburbs of Providencia and Recoleta and is part of Parque Metropolitano, a 722 hectare mountain and Chile’s largest urban park, as well as in the world.  San Cristobal Hill can be accessed by car, foot, bicycle, funicular, or cable-car (the latter two are currently under maintenance). At the top of the hill is one of Santiago’s icons – La Virgen del Cerro, a grand statue of the hill’s virgin. While taking in the spectacular panoramic view of the city, enjoy the typical Chilean refreshment mote con huesillos made of caramelized juice, dehydrated peaches, and wheat corn.


 

Modern Santiago:

In response to the constant economic growth of Santiago over the past 20 years which generated a dramatic change in the country's production, a new stronghold of modernity and technology was born in the east of the city. It encompasses the districts of Providencia, Vitacura and Las Condes. Popularly known as Sanhattan by its own inhabitants, this area is surrounded by towering skyscrapers which make up the country's main financial center.


 

Parque Los Dominicos:

This tourist locale in eastern Santiago provides a glimpse into Chile’s colonial era. The church of Los Dominicos (a cultural heritage site and national monument) is located here, as well as the Pueblito de Los Dominicos, a ‘town’ of shops offering a varied and high-quality array of handicrafts, jewelry, furniture, and other handmade products.