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What To Do in Santiago de Chile in a Long Layover

We arrived in Santiago airport with an extra long layover. We thought since we have never been to Chile before, there is no better time to see Santiago de Chile in just one day. With limited time we decided to visit the main attractions the city has to offer, while taking some notes on what to see when we have a longer stay in Santiago.

What To Do in Santiago de Chile in a Long Layover

What to see in Santiago de Chile walking map:

What to see in Santiago de Chile in one day:

Palacio de La Moneda

Palacio de La Moneda

Our first stop was the Palacio de La Moneda, which is the Presidential Palace. They offer daily guided tours during the week, but you need to schedule them at least one week in advance via email.

In the square in front there is a traditional changing of the guard ceremony every two days, at 10AM weekdays and 11AM on weekends. It occurs on odd-numbered day in odd-numbered months and even-numbered days in even-numbered months.

You should also walk around the block, it is pretty nice and you can see many more of the grand government offices.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago

Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago

The second stop was the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago. This historic neoclassical cathedral might look simple on the outside, but has breathtaking artistic work on the inside.

Plaza de Armas

The Plaza de Armas is the central plaza within the city. There are always people doing artistic shows or selling local crafts throughout the plaza. There are two additional buildings that flank the plaza, besides the cathedral mentioned below:

  • Central Post Office Building
  • Palacio de la Real Audiencia de Santiago

Cerro Santa Lucia

The next stop was the center of the city to Cerro Santa Lucia. From the top of this hill you get a panoramic view of the whole city, due that it is in the center of Santiago! While walking to the top, you can see many murals and statues while enjoying the natural park composing the hill. You can get there via taxi or metro, the closest metro is Santa Lucia.

Barrio Lastarria

Afterwards, We went to “Barrio Lastarria,” which is known for being a bohemian neighborhood of Santiago. It is perfect to go with friends at night and have dinner or some drinks. You could alternatively go to the Bellavista neighborhood which is known for its nightlife, depending on your mood.

Cerro San Cristobal

And finally we went to the second highest point in the city, Cerro San Cristobal offers an amazing view of the Andes and the city of Santiago. To get to the top you could either ride a bike, get a ride, or hike from the closest metro stop; Baquedano.

Visiting all of Santiago, Chile in one day proved to be impossible. But, the short time there gives a good glimpse into everything the city has to offer. If you only have an extended layover in Santiago, make sure to take advantage of the time. If you have the option to spend a few days, there is always more to experience.

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Wednesday 6th of April 2016

The views your have captured are superb. I'm sure a lay over isn't so bad when you get to see places like this.


Wednesday 6th of April 2016

Wow! You were able to do so much, I think I would need at least a few days to visit all of those places and really enjoy them!


Tuesday 5th of April 2016

Wow, that was a busy day. I'd love to visit Santiago one day. Beautiful!

Bella B (xoxoBella)

Tuesday 5th of April 2016

This is a place on my "to visit one day" list! I need to plan travel so I get mini vacations in places.

Blog With Katrina

Tuesday 5th of April 2016

Santiago looks like such a cultural historic city. Heard of it and seen it in movies. Great write up!

Travel To Blank

Wednesday 7th of December 2016

Yes, it is such a beautiful city!