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  • Address: Plaza de Armas, Santiago Centro, Santiago de Chile, Chile
  • Admission: Free

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Plaza de Armas

At the heart of Santiago de Chile's historic district is the city's social hub, the palm-shaded Plaza de Armas. Surrounded by the neoclassical facades of Santiago's most important buildings, including the Metropolitan Cathedral; the Municipalidad, or federal building; and perhaps most striking, the magnificent Correo Central, or old post office. Two pedestrian malls, lined with handicrafts vendors, independent musicians, and plenty of cafes and shops, stretch out from the festive city center. Most of Santiago's museums and important sites are within a few blocks.

Since 1540, the venerable expanse of stone, cement, and sculpture has been a social hub, and it still serves as a gathering place for folks from across the cultural spectrum. Whether you're here to learn some history, feed a few pigeons, or just enjoy a glass of wine, the Plaza de Armas probably offers the finest people-watching in Chile. 

Practical Info

The Plaza de Armas is the historic center of Santiago, and is walking distance to many of the city's most popular destinations, including museums, parks, and many restaurants and hotels. There are pricey parking lots nearby, but the surrounding streets are often so congested that it's usually much more convenient to take the metro. The L5 green line stops right beneath the square, at the Plaza de Armas stop.

While the plaza is a social hub that hums with activity around the clock, the best time to visit is in the late afternoon and on weekends. The whole city seems to turn out to enjoy the sunshine and passing flirtations, as do street performers and musicians, who'll put on all sorts of shows for a few pesos. 

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City Tour and Wine Tour Concha y Toro or Santa Rita, Santiago, null
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City Tour and Wine Tour Concha y Toro or Santa Rita

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

On this tour you will learn how is the daily life of the vibrant capital of Chile, with all the attractions that no one should miss even those most typical ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Santiago Stopover City Tour, Santiago, Day Trips
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Santiago Stopover City Tour

There is so much to discover in Santiago, so take advantage of your time instead of sitting around and waiting! On this sightseeing tour we will take you to ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: Flexible

From USD $112.00
Private Full-Day Tour of Santiago, Santiago, City Tours
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Private Full-Day Tour of Santiago

This private full-day tour of Santiago takes you to explore the capital city's main points of interest, local history, culture, and the wines, led by a private ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $280.00
Santiago Walking Tour: Food Tastings and Markets Including Lunch, Santiago, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Santiago Walking Tour: Food Tastings and Markets Including Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

Watch vendors holler and shoppers bargain in the bustling markets of Mercado Central and La Vega during this 4-hour food-and-market walking tour of Santiago. ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.99
Small-Group Santiago Food and Market Tour Including Mercado Central, Santiago, Food Tours
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Small-Group Santiago Food and Market Tour Including Mercado Central

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 84 Reviews

Experience Santiago's vibrant street food scene, including the popular and well-known Mercado Central (Central Market), on this food-filled walking tour! ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $117.99
Half Day Santiago City Tour, Santiago, Food Tours
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Half Day Santiago City Tour

This half-day tour of Santiago will take you to the most important points of Santiago. Receiving historic information at each point from your local ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
City Tour of Santiago de Chile, Santiago, Day Trips
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City Tour of Santiago de Chile

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Perfect introduction for those who visit Chile for the first time and want to get your bearings and learn from the very best local guides, enjoying the comfort ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Santiago Sightseeing Classic City Tour, Santiago, Half-day Tours
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Santiago Sightseeing Classic City Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 14 Reviews

See the history, culture, sights and sounds of Santiago on this 3-hour tour!

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Santiago Center Cultural Bike Tour, Santiago, Half-day Tours
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Santiago Center Cultural Bike Tour

This tour of Santiago will take you to see the cultural highlights of Santiago Center, like historical monuments, palaces, museums, churches, as well as ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Santiago Walking City Tour Including Beer Tasting, Santiago, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Santiago Walking City Tour Including Beer Tasting

Enjoy a walking tour of Santiago and end it with a draft beer. You will explore every corner of the city and learn about its history and anecdotes that make it ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00

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