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Discover the panoramas that await you in the metropolitan region

Discover the panoramas that await you in the metropolitan region

By: Hernan Claro - 29 September, 2023

Panoramas metropolitan region

Santiago is a mesmerizing city. Full of culture, history, and fun, it is one of the most important cities in Latin America. The city is an attractive tourist destination with its warm and sunny climate, striking architecture, and interesting gastronomic and cultural scene.

Surrounded by wine valleys and mountains where various sports can be practiced, tourists can enjoy multiple activities in Santiago. We invite you to review the different experiences that this region has for you.

1. What to do in Urban Santiago?

There are several options to visit and experience Urban Santiago. Cerro San Cristóbal offers impressive views and is a popular place to walk and exercise. The historic center of Santiago is must-see to enjoy the architecture and learn more about the city’s history. Bicentennial Park, with its small lagoons, is the perfect place for a picnic or simply enjoying the outdoors. The Tourist Districts of Santiago make for a great stroll: Barrio Lastarria, Barrio Yungay, and Barrio Italia are some of the best-known for their art galleries, vintage shops, and bars. Finally, shopping in Santiago is also a good option. The best brands in the world, eye-catching stores, and various prices will make you enjoy the experience of our city.

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2. Get to know the Cajón del Maipo

Cajón del Maipo is a mountain canyon located near Santiago. It offers beautiful mountain landscapes and a wide variety of activities to enjoy in nature. Among them are hiking, ranging from short walks to long excursions, rafting on the Maipo River, horseback riding, zip-lining, and rock climbing, among other natural and adventure sports activities.


3. What to visit in Farellones and in our Cordillera?

With landscapes that surprise national and foreign visitors, the Cordillera and the Farellones sector offer a variety of activities for those looking to escape the city, both in winter and summer. The Cordillera Parks network, with more than 110 kilometers of trails, is perfect for the most active people. The various ski centers that in winter welcome those who want to do winter sports. The area is a paradise for mountain bike lovers, with trails that cross the Cordillera. In addition, Farellones has all kinds of services: cafes, shelters, hotels, and more.


4. Discover Wine Tourism and the Maipo Valley

The Maipo Valley is an agricultural and wine-growing sector near Santiago. It hosts more than 35 wineries open to tourism and offers various activities. Within the vineyards, there are tasting, biking, horseback riding, and local events such as the famous Vendimia Festival. The Maipo Valley stands out for its production of foods such as Paine watermelons or the Pirque farmer’s market. Enjoying nature is also necessary, especially in the Rio Clarillo National Park and the Altos de Cantillana Reserve.


5. Cultural Tourism, Nightlife, and City Activities

Santiago is a culturally rich city that offers various activities for all tastes. You can visit museums or cultural centers, including the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Fashion Museum, the Palacio de la Moneda Cultural Center, or the Museum of Memory, which makes visible the human rights violations committed in Chile during the military dictatorship. The city also has a great offer of shows.


6. Restaurants in Barrio Bellavista

El Barrio Bellavista stands out for its variety of establishments, as well as its craft shops. Known for its lively nightlife, this neighborhood offers several dining options, from traditional Chilean food to international cuisine, with affordable options and high-end restaurants. This neighborhood is an excellent choice for a complete gastronomic experience, with a fun atmosphere at the foot of San Cristobal Hill and the Metropolitan Park.


7. Life in Barrio Italia

Famous for its bohemian atmosphere and wide range of restaurants, bars, and shops, Barrio Italia offers alternatives for all tastes, from vegetarian food to grilled meats and sushi. Small boutique shops and antique stores invite you to stroll along its streets, and many restaurants have open-air terraces. The neighborhood is nestled between the Providencia and Ñuñoa districts. It has access to the Metro network just a few blocks away, making it an ideal destination for tourists visiting Santiago.


8. The bohemian neighborhood Lastarria

This neighborhood is one of the most elegant and historical in our city. It was born alongside the Santa Lucía-Huelén hill, and today it offers various gastronomic and entertainment options. Its architecture showcases the development of Santiago in the early 20th century, and its great cultural heritage makes it a unique place to visit and dine at, with nearby cultural centers and museums.


8. Go all over of Isidora Goyenechea, El Golf, Alonso de Córdova and Borde Río Neighborhoods

You can find sophisticated gastronomic offers within Las Condes and Vitacura, the capital’s eastern districts. There are options for all tastes, including Asian, vegetarian, Italian, and the inevitable Chilean cuisine, shared with iconic places like the Boragó restaurant, one of the 50 best restaurants on the planet.


9. The historic Yungay Neighborhood

Yungay was born in the 19th century as one of the city’s first planned neighborhoods. Today, it stands out for its bohemian atmosphere, its venues where you can dance the cueca and cultivate folklore, and its wide variety of gastronomic options, from iconic restaurants to all types of bars and cafes for all budgets. Highlighted by the British magazine “Time Out” as the ninth most fabulous neighborhood in the world, out of 51, this is home to its most illustrious resident, President Gabriel Boric.


In Santiago, there are various options for accommodations and services. The city boasts more than eight thousand rooms, convention centers for over eight thousand delegates, and more than 33,000 square meters of exhibition and convention spaces. There is a wide range of hotels and hostels with both affordable and luxurious options and multiple services offered within. Additionally, Santiago provides a diverse range of tourist services, such as guided tours, transportation, activities, and entertainment, to complement the experience in the city. Discover more about these services in our tourist search engine.

Do you need experiences that have Accessibility? Get to know the different destinations in the region

1. Parque Metropolitano (ParqueMet), Cerro San Cristóbal

One of Santiago’s main tourist attractions with an impressive panoramic view of the city, accessible by funicular or walking along trails. In 2019, the “Hiking without Limits” project was developed in partnership with La Fundación Eres, Fundación Senderos de Chile, Conaf, and sponsored by Fundación Lepe. This initiative of inclusive routes encourages families of people with disabilities to enjoy the trail, do meditation and breathing exercises, and appreciate the natural environment.


2. Inclusive Rafting on the Maipo River

Natexplora, an adventure tourism company in Cajón del Maipo, offers the “Inclusive Rafting” initiative to people with disabilities, even providing safety talks in sign language.


3. Rio Clarillo National Park

The park features an inclusive hiking route, inviting people with disabilities to enjoy nature and all its benefits. The trail allows wheelchair users to navigate with assistance, with railings on both sides and braille signage. The path enables forest bathing activities that provide mental and physical benefits to people through the Shinrin Yoku technique. Additionally, ramps give access to the river, allowing everyone to enjoy the water.


4. Baha’i Temple of South America

Located in the Andean foothills, in the municipality of Peñalolén, and over a thousand meters above sea level, visitors can enjoy this incredibly designed architectural temple. Baha’i Temples are open buildings for anyone wishing to pray, meditate, or reflect, regardless of religious affiliation, origin, ethnicity, or gender. This translates into efforts to make it accessible to people with disabilities.


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