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Kids Self-Guided Tour of Santiago (Self Guided), 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:
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Guide Name: Kids Self-Guided Tour of Santiago
Guide Location: Chile » Santiago (See other walking tours in Santiago)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.8 Km or 6.1 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Zoológico Nacional
  • Emporio la Rosa Ice Cream
  • Pasteleria Melinka
  • Plaza de Armas
  • Fantasilandia
  • Planetarium of Santiago
Zoológico Nacional

1) Zoológico Nacional (must see)

The Chilean National Zoo (Zoológico Nacional de Chile) is a 4.8-hectare (12-acre) zoo that was founded in 1925 in Santiago, Chile. Located at the foot of San Cristóbal Hill in what is known as the Santiago Metropolitan Park (Parque Metropolitano de Santiago), the zoo is home to thousands of animals representing 158 species. Unique exhibits feature Chilean native animals and birds including rare and endangered species. The Chilean National Zoo has a dual focus: to conserve and research species held at the zoo, and to educate and provide activities for the visiting public. The Zoo is located in the metropolitan park on San Cristóbal Hill. Children will enjoy watching and learning about the many different animals that are featured here. The zoo can be reached by funicular, cable car or the stairs (if you go for the stairs you'll have to walk uphill since the zoo is over a mountain; if you use the cable car you get down on top of the zoo and work your way down).

Why You Should Visit:
Beautifully green zoo with a crazy number of animals like llamas, elephants, meerkats, bears and giraffes.
The bird enclosure where you are able to walk amongst the various species of birds is also quite impressive.
There is a play area for children and a couple of cafes in and around the site.

As long as you don't mind a few minutes of a steep climb, try walking up to the entrance of the zoo (take the stairs to the right of the funicular), instead of taking the funicular as it's a lot faster, especially in high season when the lineups are long.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Emporio la Rosa Ice Cream

2) Emporio la Rosa Ice Cream

If your children love ice cream, then you have to visit Emporio la Rosa Ice Cream. It can be found near Park Forestal and offers a variety of exotic fruit ice creams made in different forms, all of which are extremely delicious.
Pasteleria Melinka

3) Pasteleria Melinka

The Pasteleria Melinka sells traditional Chilean pastries. This well-known shop has been in business for about 29 years. Kids will love all the delicious treats this bakery offers, including delicious cakes, pies, and chocolates.
Operation hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm; Saturdays: 09:00 am - 10:00 pm; Sundays and holidays: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm.
Plaza de Armas

4) Plaza de Armas (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.

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

5) Fantasilandia

Fantasilandia is an incredible amusement atraction for children. It is colorfully decorated with popular Disney characters and other familiar characters. It offers rides and games for both children and adults.
Planetarium of Santiago

6) Planetarium of Santiago

The planetarium is the nation's largest Audiovisual Center. Its purpose is to promote and disseminate astronomy, science and other cultural events to the general public and the educational field through multimedia methods, playful and interactive. It's a place where children can have fun and learn something interesting.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
Santiago Introduction Walk

Santiago Introduction Walk

The downtown area of Chilean capital Santiago is a true treasure trove for architecture and history lovers. Spending time in Santiago, surrounded by the snow-capped Andes, will be even more enjoyable if you follow this orientation walk and explore the city's colonial past.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Walking Tour: Providencia Commune of Santiago

Walking Tour: Providencia Commune of Santiago

Providencia is a commune in Santiago that includes the famous shopping and nightlife district of Bellevista. In this densely populated part of the city, you will see many mansions where the elite of Santiago once lived. The Metropolitan Zoo and Teleferico are also highlights of this area. This tour will take you to the most visited places of the commune:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 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
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
Recoleta Commune Walk

Recoleta Commune Walk

Chilean capital Santiago is made up of several communes, of which perhaps the most famous is Recoleta. Established under the rule of Pinochet, Recoleta commune abounds in historic and architectural attractions: churches, parks and more. On this walking tour you visit some of the most notable sights of this part of Santiago.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 Km or 3.2 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

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