TOP 10 Things you should visit in Santiago de Chile


    cerro san cristobal

To catch the best sweeping views over Santiago and the Andes you should go to Cerro San Cristobal. Reach the top with runners and bikers to admire the Virgin de la inmaculada Concepción, to drink a Motte Con huesillo and to taste an Empanada.


    santa lucia

Known as “the green lung of Santiago” Santa Lucia Hill offers one of the best view inside Santiago. Go for a stroll inside this park and reach the top in order to take some nice panoramas of Santiago. Then you can buy some traditional gifts at la Feria Santa Lucia. You might find funny souvenirs like a Indio(a) Picaro(a) or jewelry made of the famous blue metamorphic rock called Lapis-Lazuli.


    plaza de armas

The main square of Santiago is a vibrant place where lots of artists perform and street shows take place. It’s a perfect place for walking in the street a Sunday afternoon or to observe people. Unfortunately the square by itself is closed for renovation, then don’t be disappointed to not be able to visit the place.



Located in the center of the city, it regroups in a same place culture, bohemian style, white buildings, restaurants, terraces, designer shops… This neighborhood really worth it and deserves a walk.


la vega mercado central

Santiago is a city which doesn’t really break your habits; you will not be stunned in front of its contemporary buildings and its modern facilities. However, you just need to cross the Mapocho River to perceive what the Chilean culture is. The Central Market and The Vega are two indoor markets: one of seafood and the other one of fruits and vegetables. It’s the perfect place to lunch, to amaze your taste buds with the Chile’s treasure and to slip between the locals.



Barrio Bellavista is one of the most typical and picturesque neighborhood of Santiago, with a bohemian style and a particular architecture. It’s a perfect mix between gastronomy, art, and entertainment making Bellavista a really special neighborhood. One of the finest examples of cultural heritage is the Pablo Neruda’s house called La Chascona. After the sun went down this neighborhood turns in a place to party hard and to chill out till the sunrise.



The General Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in Latin America. Its 85 hectares became a magnificent grounds filled with ornate mausoleums. Notable interments like presidents, senators, musicians and scientists found their final resting there. The cemetery is surrounded by palm and leaf trees together with numerous sculptures (around 237). More than its vocation it serves as a true urban park decorated with thousands of flowers.


parque quinta normal

Located close to the Matucana neighborhood, this park has been elected one of the 30 most splendid parks of the world. Bring your picnic (or some empanadas) and have a nap on this park can be a good idea to spend a nice afternoon. But more than a simple park, it regroups 5 museums which are all free the Sundays (/!\ but they are all closed on Monday). Outside of the park is located the Museum of the memory and the human rights. A place which tells the Pinochet’s dictatorship in order to never forget what happened not so long ago.


    cajon del maipo

Cajon del Maipo is a canyon in the Andean Southeastern portion of Santiago. You will enjoy riding, hiking, taking a bath in the hot springs and taking part to all the others activities. AndoAndes ANDOANDES is a Green Company tour; they take pride Recycling, Reuseing, Composting all of our tours. Their company is dedicated to showing the best places, magnificent and natural beauty in the Andes Mountains that can be found within just a few hours of Santiago like Glaciers, waterfalls, ancient forests, lagoons, volcanoes in Maipo Valley and national parks.


persa bio bio

El Persa Bio Bio is a giant second hand market located in the Franklin neighborhood. You can spend hours bargain-hunting for a really old writing machine or for a Chilean style backpack. They get everything you need and much more!


What to do in Santiago? El cerro San Cristobal

Cerro San Cristobal

(Pio Nono 450, Barrio Bellavista; Baquedano)

We like Santiago because it’s cosmopolitan, because it’s south-America, because it’s a capital… But we do like it as well because Santiago is surrounded by the Andes, this endless mountain chain that crosses almost all the South America. Then to catch the best sweeping views over Santiago and the Andes you should go to Cerro San Cristobal. Reach the top with runners and bikers to admire the Virgin de la inmaculada Concepción . On your way you may meet Zumba and Yoga courses which you can be a part of. If you don’t want to walk until the top there is a Funicular (pretty steep I must admit) that will give you a lift until the Zoo or the top.

          Around this area you can go to the two swimming pools named Piscina Tupahue and Pisica Antilen open only during the summer time, a Jardin Botanico (botanic garden) Mapulemu,and the  Plaza de juegos Infantiles,

Tip from Aji Hostel: Grab a picnic with you and reach the top of Cerro San Cristobal. Stop your ascent to participate to the different workout you may meet on your way. Once the top reached, taste a Motte con huesillo ( a sweety tradicional chilean beverage) which appears to be the best of Santiago. And finally, go back with the Funicular until Bellavista neighborhood.

And because today I feel generous I’ll give you a last tip: Climb the top right after a rainy day (if there is) and during winter time. During this period the mountain wears its mantle of snow and the smog (pollution) is gone after a rainy day, then you’ll stand in front of the grandeur of Santiago, with in background the majestic Andes. Be ready to take eyeful!

Nos gusta Santiago porque es cosmopolita, porque es América del Sur, porque es una capital … Pero nos gusta también porque Santiago está rodeado por los Andes, esta cadena montañosa interminable que atraviesa casi toda la América del Sur. Para ver las mejores vistas sobre Santiago y los Andes tienen que ir a Cerro San Cristóbal. Antes de llegar a la cima te encontraras con corredores y ciclistas que combinan el deporte con el ascenso para admirar desde la cumbre una increíble vista de toda la ciudad de Santiago y la cordillera. También encuentras la gran estatua de Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepción que se alza imponente sobre Santiago protegiendo a la ciudad. En tu camino puedes encontrarte con cursos de yoga y Zumba los cuales puedes participar. Si no quieres ir caminando hasta la cima hay un funicular (bastante empinada debo admitir) que te llevará desde el zoológico a la cima.

Alrededor de esta zona se puede ir a las dos piscina ubicadas en el cerro, llamadas Piscina Tupahue  y Antelen, que están abiertas sólo durante el verano,  el jardín botánico Mapulemu, y la Plaza de juegos Infantiles,

Consejo de Aji Hostel: Lleva una merienda contigo y llega a la cima del Cerro San Cristóbal. Si vas caminando (también puedes ir en bicicleta) en el ascenso puedes participar en los diferentes grupos que están haciendo ejercicios o bailando. Una vez en la cima debes degustar un Mote con huesillo (tradicional bebida chilena) que parece ser el mejor de Santiago. Y, por último, volver con el Funicular hasta el barrio Bellavista.

Y porque hoy me siento generoso te voy a dar un último consejo: Sube a la cima después de un día de lluvia. En esos días, en que el smog se ha ido, puedes ver muy claramente toda la ciudad, hasta que esta se pierde en las faldas de las grandes montanas, las que a su vez se ven en toda su grandeza desde que se levantan, como si estuviesen escapando de la ciudad, hasta sus cumbres inmensas y cubriertas de nieve. Tienes que estar preparado para ser absorbido por la increíble vista!