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La Moneda
La Moneda is easy to spot – its white, neoclassical walls make up the presidential palace that takes up an entire city block in downtown Santiago. Construction began in 1781 and was completed in 1805, when it was used as a mint, which is what the term moneda translates to in English.

The gigantic Chilean flag that waves in front of La Moneda, from a grassy traffic circle in the middle of the Alameda (Avenida Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins), can be seen from blocks away. There are two nearby plazas that serve as popular meeting and lunchtime spots, each with lawns, fountains and benches.

History buffs will remember that this building was bombed in 1973 as part of the coup d’etat that ended Salvador Allende’s presidency and preceded Augusto Pinochet’s rise to power. There are still, a few areas where the damage has been left for visitors to see. There is also a statue of Salvador Allende at the southeast corner of the Plaza de la Constitución, which is occasionally decorated as part of political demonstrations.

Visitors can visit the exterior of La Moneda at any time. Beneath the building is the Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda, a large space with several art galleries (entry to all is included in one admission ticket), two movie theaters, an independent bookstore, a restaurant  and a high-quality crafts store that sells terra cotta and woven items.

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The closest metro to La Moneda is the La Moneda metro, and the traditional “changing of the guard” ceremony takes place every odd-numbered day of the month at 10 a.m. in Plaza La Constitución. The Bolsa, or stock exchange, is located on the nearby street Nueva York.
Address: Moneda S/N, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm
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Santiago Walking Sights Tour: Food Tastings and Markets

Bring an empty stomach and an open mind for this 4-hour food walking tour and get ready to eat your way around Santiago! Immerse yourself in local life as you browse the Mercado Central and La Vega markets, stroll around the lively Plaza de Armas and ride the cable car to the top of San Cristóbal Hill. Stop to refuel along the way with tastings of local favorites like ‘humitas’ and seafood empanadas, sip a classic pisco sour, then tuck into a scrumptious lunch at a local restaurant in Bellevista.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Santiago Sightseeing Classic City Tour

Learn about the cultural history of Santiago on this 3-hour city sightseeing tour, led by an informative local guide. See the main attractions of the Chilean capital, including the Plaza de Armas, La Moneda and the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, and view the city from above at Cerro San Cristobal. Hear live commentary on board, with round-trip hotel transport provided.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
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Santiago Half-Day City Tour

First time in Santiago? Enjoy a comprehensive introduction to the Chilean capital on this 4-hour sightseeing tour, including hotel pick-up. Admire architectural landmarks like La Moneda Palace and Santiago Cathedral; learn more about Chile’s history as you tour the city’s colonial center and shop for traditional handicrafts and souvenirs. Finally, toast the end of your tour with a typical Pisco Sour cocktail, Chile’s national drink.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: Santiago City Sightseeing

Explore Santiago’s most significant sights on a comprehensive 3.5-hour 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 either a morning or afternoon tour and continue to explore the sparkling city independently after your tour concludes.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Santiago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

See the spectacular sights of Santiago from the unique perspective of an open-top double-decker bus on this hop-on hop-off tour of the Chilean capital. Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of this comprehensive tour and disembark the bus whenever an attraction captures your attention. Listen to informative audio commentary as you approach legendary landmarks like Plaza de Armas, Mercado Central and Bellas Artes and enjoy a regular service from each stop you embark at.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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City Tour and Wine Tour Concha y Toro or Santa Rita

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.  
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Santiago City Half Day Tour

Explore Santiago on a 4-hour 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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Santiago Super Saver: 2-Day City Sightseeing plus Viña del Mar and Valparaiso

Immerse yourself in Chile’s colorful and captivating culture by booking two popular tours together: see some of Santiago’s most spectacular sights during a comprehensive sightseeing tour, then discover two incredible towns situated upon Chile’s curvaceous coastline. Stroll through ambient plazas and marvel at the neoclassical splendor of Santiago’s legendary landmarks on the sightseeing tour, visiting the impressive Governor’s Palace and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Wander the serpentine streets of Valparaiso to discover vibrant murals and architectural eccentricities and stop by the white sand beaches of the gorgeous ‘garden city’ of Vina del Mar. Convenient round-trip hotel transportation is included on this small-group tour.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Half Day Santiago City Tour

Orient yourself around Santiago’s major attractions on a 4-hour guided sightseeing tour of the city in a comfortable minivan. Gain local insight into historical and modern sites alike on a small-group excursion to Santiago's must-see spots.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Santiago Stopover City Tour

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day Small-Group Panoramic Santiago Tour

Step inside the political, cultural, economic heart of Chilean culture thanks to this 4-hour, small-group, Santiago sightseeing excursion. Marvel at the architecture of days gone by at sites like the elegant Club Hípico de Santiago (Equestrian Club), and then check out the city’s trendy side at hip eateries and boutiques of the Bellavista area before finishing at the Central Market, plus much more.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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City Tour of Santiago de Chile

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 Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, 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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Santiago Evening Bike Tour

See the Chilean capital at its most atmospheric on this 3-hour evening bike tour of Santiago. Soak up the city nightlife as you follow your guide through Santiago Centro, Providencia and Vitacura districts, and pedal past illuminated landmarks. After gliding around the lamp-lit Forestal Park and admiring the glittering La Moneda Palace, finish by watching the dramatic light show in Plaza de la Aviación.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Small-Group Night City Tour: San Cristobal Hill and Dinner Show

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.’
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Santiago Center Cultural Bike Tour

Pedal your way around Santiago on this 3-hour small-group bike tour of the historic capital. Follow your guide past city landmarks like La Moneda Palace, the Palace of Justice and Santiago Cathedral; cruise through the lively Plaza de Armas and peek into the famous Central Market. Learn more about Santiago’s fascinating history as you glide down the Bulnes promenade, then escape the busy city streets for a tranquil ride through the Parque Forestal.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Santiago de Chile Half Day City Tour

The Santiago city tour is a half-day excursion where a journey from the west to the east is made, knowing the contrasts of the Capital.Unmissable monuments such as: La Moneda Palace, San Francisco Museum, Plaza de Armas, Santa Lucia Hill, San Cristóbal Hill, Bellavista neighborhood, Sanhattan sector, Costanera Center.2 TRAVELLERS MINIMUM.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Santiago 3-Hour Walking Tour

See historic and modern sides of Santiago on this comprehensive 3-hour walking tour. Visit impressive monuments and colonial buildings like the Plaza de Armas, the Mapuche Monument, Post Office, City Hall, and Cathedral. Learn about Chile’s military coup as you visit La Moneda, the government palace. Further highlights include the commercial city center, the fish market, and the bohemian Bellavista neighborhood.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Night City Tour with San Cristobal Hill And Dinner Show

Experience Santiago after dark during this 4-hour private 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 accompanied by a performance of Chilean-style ‘La Cueca.’
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Santiago Shore Excursion: Post-Cruise City Tour with Hotel or Airport Drop-Off

Finishing your cruise in Valparaiso? There’s no need to end your vacation straight away – instead, book this post-cruise shore excursion to Santiago and spend time sightseeing in the Chilean capital. After a scenic drive to Santiago, enjoy a 3-hour city tour including Moneda Palace, the Museum of National History, Plaza de Armas and the Saint Lucia Hill viewpoint, plus the handicrafts village of Los Graneros del Alba. This private tour includes pick-up from Valparaiso port and drop-off either at Santiago airport or your Santiago hotel.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Santiago Bicycle Tour via Small Group: Parks, Markets and More

Pedal through the neighborhoods of Santiago on this full-day tour. With a provided bike and helmet, pass scenes of typical city life such as outdoor markets, people relaxing in the capital city's parks, and goings-on in the business districts. This group is limited to just seven people, which ensures personalized attention from your guide.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Santiago Super Saver: 2-Day City Sightseeing and Concha y Toro Winery Tour

Enjoy the verdant vineyards of Concha y Toro and explore the stunning sights of Santiago with a super saver full-day sightseeing and winery tour. Admire the neoclassical splendor of Santiago’s astounding architecture and admire the vibrant street art of bohemian Bellavista. Capture spectacular city views from the summit of San Cristobal hill, the venture to the lush greenery of Concha y Toro to pleasure your palate with refined wines. Convenient round-trip hotel transportation is included in the tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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3-Day Private Tour Exploring Chile

Capture the unique culture and natural splendor of Chile on a private 3-day tour of the country’s principal attractions from Santiago. With a guide, embark on a comprehensive tour of Chile’s vibrant capital, Santiago, and La Moneda Palace, The Museum of Fine Arts and Bellavista neighborhood. Absorb the bohemian spirit of colorful coastal city, Valparaiso; explore the beautiful vineyards of the Maipo Valley; and hike in the Embalse El Yeso water reserve. Selected meals, a wine tasting session, entrance fees and round-trip transport from your Santiago hotel is included. Receive undivided attention from your guide on this private tour. 
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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Private Tour: Santiago at Night with Dinner and Show

Enjoy a night out in Santiago on this 4-hour tour with private transportation. With a guide, see city sights such as Plaza de la Constitucion, and then enjoy dinner and a show. As you dine on Chilean cuisine, you'll be entertained by a traditional dance performance. When booking, you have the option to include drop-off at the end of the night or not.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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7-Day Santiago de Chile & Mendoza Classic Tour

Drink wine, climb mountains, and see the sights on this multi-day tour of Santiago and Mendoza. This tour makes it easy for you to visit top attractions around Chile without having to plan a thing by including essential sightseeing in each destination, but also leaves free time for you to explore on your own. All transportation, accommodation, and activities are included as per itinerary, plus breakfast every day.
  • Duration: 7 days
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