Kids Self-Guided Tour of Santiago, 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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Kids Self-Guided Tour of Santiago Map

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: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.3 km
Author: vickyc
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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.

Tip:
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
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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.
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Plaza de Armas

3) 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.

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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Pasteleria Melinka

4) 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: Mon - Fri: 08:30-10:00pm; Sat: 10:00-9:30pm; Sun: 11:00-9:00pm
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Fantasilandia

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.
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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.
Walking Tour: Art Galleries of Santiago

Walking Tour: Art Galleries of Santiago

Santiago is a cosmopolitan city with many things to offer. If you want to learn more about Chilean culture, visit some of the art galleries of Santiago. The most popular collections of Chilean artists are displayed in galleries and cultural centers in the downtown area of the city. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most visited galleries:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
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: 4.7 km
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: 4.7 km
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
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
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

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Whether you are in Santiago for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Santiago has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Santiago, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.