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Plaza de Armas Tours

Plaza de Armas
The site on which the city was founded back in 1541, Plaza de Armas is both the heart of Santiago de Chile’s historic district and the epicenter of the modern city. The leafy, palm-fringed plaza is surrounded by grand monuments and architectural landmarks, and it’s abuzz with activity at all hours of the day and night. 

The Basics
Whether you choose to explore the capital on a walking tour, cycle between the sights on a bike tour, or customize your own itinerary on a private tour, a Santiago city tour isn’t complete without a stop at the Plaza de Armas. Santiago tours often combine a half-day tour of the historic center with a cable car ride to the top of San Cristóbal Hill, a tour of the atmospheric Bellavista neighborhood, or wine tasting in the nearby Maipo Valley. If you prefer to explore at your own pace, hop-on hop-off bus tours also connect the Plaza de Armas with other Santiago attractions. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Plaza de Armas is a must for all first-time visitors to Santiago.
  • There are a number of cafés and restaurants around the square, but for budget options, try the surrounding streets.
  • As in all large cities, keep an eye on your belongings—pickpockets are common around the square.
  • The Plaza de Armas hosts various festivals, events, and markets throughout the year, including Santiago’s Independence Day celebrations.
  • Santiago’s main tourist office is located at the north end of the square.

How to Get to There
Most of Santiago’s central attractions and hotels are within walking distance of the Plaza de Armas, and the towering spires of the plaza’s Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago (Catedral Metropolitana de Santiago) are hard to miss. Numerous buses stop on and around the square, while the closest metro station is Plaza de Armas on the L5 green line.

When to Get There
The Plaza de Armas is busy at any time of day or night, and if you’re staying in the city, you’ll likely pass through at several times during your stay. For crowd-free photos of the square’s buildings, an early morning visit is the best chance, while weekend afternoons are the liveliest time, with live musicians and street performers providing entertainment. 

Plaza de Armas Landmarks
The magnificent 18th-century Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago stands proud at the northwestern edge of the square, opposite which is the Central Post Office (Edificio del Correo Central), housed in the stunning former Presidential Palace. Next door is another national monument, the neoclassical Town Hall, while just off the main square, the colonnaded facade of the 20th-century Palace of Justice (Palacio de los Tribunales de Justicia de Santiago) is another photo-worthy sight. 
Address: Plaza de Armas, Santiago Centro, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Admission: Free
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santiago walking tour

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When visiting Santiago de Chile do not miss the opportunity to get to know the city, a walk with a vision as a local is what we offer to show you the tradition and culture of a Santiago with many contrasts in which the tourist will see during a certain time this interesting city, with a professional guide without a doubt that is the best thing that today the city offers to the foreigner from countries far away. so, choosing our country is a great choice since we are sure that you Will enjoy it while the tourist is here Will be one more of the Chileans.
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Private Tour: Santiago City Sightseeing

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Explore Santiago’s most significant sights on a comprehensive private guided tour of the city. Visit legendary landmarks and impressive monuments in stylish transportation with a knowledgeable guide, discovering the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista and the neoclassical splendor of Moneda Palace. Choose between a morning or afternoon tour and continue to explore the sparkling city independently after your tour concludes.
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City Tour of Santiago de Chile

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Get acquainted with the treasured landmarks of the Chilean capital on a 4-hour tour of Santiago by luxury coach. From your guide, you’ll receive an interesting introduction to Santiago as you visit landmarks such as Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, Cerro Santa Lucia and La Moneda palace. Absorb the bohemian charm of Bellavista neighborhood and opt to explore the city’s financial district, nicknamed ‘Sanhattan’, due to its plethora of skyscrapers. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included in this tour.
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Explore Santiago on a private vehicle tour that introduces you to some of the city's main sights. Pass by a variety of landmarks, see colonial architecture, and visit Mercado Central. When booking, you have the option to select a morning or afternoon departure time, plus choose to visit either Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santa Lucia), San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal), or both.
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Be seduced by the bohemian spirit of Santiago on a full-day tour of the Chilean capital including a winery visit. Alongside your guide, you’ll gain fascinating insight into the history of the city as you visit prominent landmarks like Santiago Cathedral, La Moneda Palace and Central Market. Absorb the charm of colorful neighborhood, Bellavista; admire the metropolitan grandeur of the financial district, ‘Sanhattan’, and visit a winery of your choice for a vineyard tour and tasting session. Winery choices include Undurruga, Concha y Toro or Santa Rita.  
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Half Day Santiago City Tour

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Santiago City Tour

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Experience the best of cosmopolitan Santiago. This tour blends the modern with the traditional, taking you to charming buildings in the historic city center and glass skyscrapers in the financial district. You’ll visit landmarks like the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Moneda Palace, the Central Post Office, and the scenic Santa Lucía hill. Learn all about the history and culture of Santiago on this comprehensive city tour.
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Small Group Santiago City Tour

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Santiago Stopover City Tour

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When you’re in between flights at Santiago International Airport (SCL), spend your time discovering the Chilean capital instead of waiting around at the airport. See a fascinating mix of ancient and modern while sightseeing with a knowledgeable personal guide. You’ll view the Plaza de Armas, La Moneda, the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, Cerro San Cristobal and more during 3.5 hours of sightseeing. This private layover tour includes airport pickup and drop-off.
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Our local guide will pick you up at the place you are staying and from there, we will only use public transportation and our own feet, in order to discover and immerge as deeply as possible into the city’s culture. You will learn how the city works and visit historical buildings, museums, hills and markets such as the fruit, vegetable, fish and flower market, among other stunning places that we consider to have transcendental importance in the development of the city. After the tour, our guide will leave you again safely at your place of accommodation.
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Santiago City TourBus Tours

Santiago City Tour

Get to know Santiago in your own way, and with the best attention and service you can visit the most important places of Santiago de Chile in a flexible and unique way ... According to your needs and interests, enjoy the wonderful private tours of Santiago that we have for you.
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Private City Tour Santiago

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Customized tour in Santiago. We will show you Santiago depending on your likes and we will be flexible.
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Private Santiago and Neighborhoods Tour: San Cristobal Hill & Artisan VillageHalf-day Tours

Private Santiago and Neighborhoods Tour: San Cristobal Hill & Artisan Village

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Soak up the massive city of Santiago with this private multi-stop driving tour that includes visits to historical sites and El Pueblito de Los Dominicos Artisan Village. In the city center, see the historic landmarks and then venture into the varied neighborhoods beyond the downtown. Take in panoramic views of the urban and mountain landscape as you travel by cable car up to the top of San Cristobal Hill.
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City Tour Santiago + Funicular

We start at the point where you are (hotel or residence), from where we will depart to the Palacio de la Moneda, where the presidential office is located. At the back of the Palace, you can see the Plaza de la Constitución. Following this, we will walk to the Plaza de Armas. There, you can visit the Cathedral and the famous post office building in Chile. Next, we will go to Santa Lucia Hill, a historical place, which was the place where the Spanish army settled. After that, we will go to San Cristóbal, where you can enjoy a tour, in a connection with nature, in the funicular. Finally, we will go to the Central Market, where you can delight your palate with the flavors of Chilean cuisine. It is noteworthy that the tour may undergo modifications in the order of travel and even places to visit, depending on each tour guide, because Santiago has too many places to discover, are you ready?
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Small-Group Night City Tour: San Cristobal Hill and Dinner Show

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Experience Santiago after dark during this 4-hour small-group excursion combining nighttime sightseeing, dinner, and ‘Cueca’ dance performance. See the illuminated Chilean capital from the top of San Cristobal Hill, explore the city center after dark, and then dig into a tasty meal at a restaurant accompanied by a performance of Chilean-style ‘Cueca.’
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Should I book Plaza de Armas tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Plaza de Armas can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 82 Plaza de Armas tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Plaza de Armas 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Plaza de Armas costs USD 150.00. Guided Plaza de Armas tours start around USD 150.00 per person. See all 82 Plaza de Armas tickets and tours on Viator.
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