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Plaza de Armas, Santiago

Plaza de Armas, Santiago (must see)

The Plaza de Armas is the heart and soul of Santiago de Chile. It is the centerpiece of the initial layout of Santiago, which has a square grid pattern. This urban design was accomplished by Pedro de Gamboa, which was appointed by Pedro de Valdivia in 1541. Surrounding the square are some historical buildings, including the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, Central Post Office Building, Palacio de la Real Audiencia de Santiago and the building that serves as the seat of local government for Santiago, which was formerly occupied by the Cabildo of the city before being remodeled. The Square de las Armas is a beautiful plaza in the center of Santiago that is popular with tourists. The statue of the founder of Santiago stands in this square as well as the Metropolitan Cathedral. Chilean artists can often be seen selling their works in the plaza.

Why You Should Visit:
Great spot to both explore and rest; old and new coexist here, in both architecture and people...
There are important statues sprinkled throughout, as well as important buildings from the colonial Spanish era surrounding it.
Not the cheapest place to eat, but houses some nice souvenir stores with fair prices.

Tip:
Do look closely at the different palm trees as a number of different varieties are planted here.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Plaza de Armas on Map

Sight Name: Plaza de Armas
Sight Location: Santiago, Chile
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Santiago, Chile

Create Your Own Walk in Santiago

Create Your Own Walk in Santiago

Creating your own self-guided walk in Santiago is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Kids Self-Guided Tour of Santiago

Kids Self-Guided Tour of Santiago

Santiago offers great attractions for children. Your kids are sure to enjoy Fantasilandia, the Railway Museum, Zoo and sweets shops. The following self-guided tour will lead you to the most popular and educational attractions for kids in Santiago:

Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.8 Km or 6.1 Miles
Self-Guided Tour: Landmarks of Santiago

Self-Guided Tour: Landmarks of Santiago

Santiago offers amazing views of beautiful mountains that surround the city. The hills that lie within the city have became landmarks due to the magnificent view of Santiago they offer and because of the monuments that sit upon them. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most popular landmarks of Santiago:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Walking Tour: Santiago Churches and Cathedrals

Walking Tour: Santiago Churches and Cathedrals

The main religious buildings of Santiago were built in the 17th and 18th centuries and are set in the center of the city. These amazing buildings and monuments are mostly Catholic temples but there are a few Orthodox churches as well. The following self-guided walking tour will lead you to these sacred places:

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 Km or 4.2 Miles
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Santiago without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Santiago, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
Walking Tour: Vitacura Commune of Santiago

Walking Tour: Vitacura Commune of Santiago

Vaticura is the most fashionable and the richest commune in Santiago. Citizens with a very high income are known to live in this area. The best shops, wineries, and many commercial art galleries are located here. This tour will take you to the most popular places of Vitacura Commune:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Walking Tour: Santiago Museums

Walking Tour: Santiago Museums

Santiago, the capital of Chile, was founded by Spanish conquerers. As most other capitals, the heart of Santiago is full of museums rich in the culture and history of the city and of Chile. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most visited museums of Santiago:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles

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Souvenir Shopping Guide: 14 Made-in-Chile Goods to Bring Home from Santiago

Souvenir Shopping Guide: 14 Made-in-Chile Goods to Bring Home from Santiago

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