Plaza de Armas Tours

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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. 
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Address: Plaza de Armas, Santiago Centro, Santiago de Chile, Chile
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Santiago Walking Tour: Food Tastings and Markets Including Lunch

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.
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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.
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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.
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Small-Group Maipo Vineyards Full-Day Experience with Optional Lunch

Cousiño MaculCreate the ultimate Chilean wine experience thanks to this 8-hour excursion featuring your choice of stops at two or three wineries and a 4-course lunch upgrade option. Choose between visits to Concha y Toro, Santa Rita, Aquitania, and Cousiño Macul Wineries, enjoying tours and tastings at each venue.
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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.
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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.
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Small Group Pre-Post Cruise Viña del Mar Valparaiso and Casablanca Winery tour

Experience Valparaiso area highlights—from the UNESCO-listed city center to surrounding Casablanca Valley wineries—in just a few hours on this Valparaiso or Port San Antonio pre-cruise excursion. Since you won’t have to worry about arranging transportation among destinations, you can relax while you hear informative commentary from your guide about the Valparaiso area’s most popular attractions.
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Small Group Full Day - Viña Del Mar - Valparaiso - Casablanca - Reñaca

With so many worthy day trip destinations outside Santiago, it can be daunting to pick just one. With this full-day tour you don’t have to. Visit two coastal cities, UNESCO-listed Valparaiso and Viña del Mar with plenty of time to for some wine tasting in Casablanca Valley and sea lion spotting along Reñaca Beach.
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Private Tour: Half-Day Santiago Discovery

Gain a sense of all Santiago has to offer on this 5-hour guided tour. Learn about the military coup at la Moneda, see the catch of the day at the central fish market, tour the Fine Arts Museum, and ride a cable car to San Cristobal Hill. Further highlights include the colorful Bellavista neighborhood, colonial buildings in the historic center, and legendary bar La Piojera.
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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.  
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Small Group Tour: Cajon del Maipo, El yeso Dam included Hotsprings plus Picnic

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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.’
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City Tour of Santiago de Chile

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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.
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Small-Group Tour of Portillo Ski Center and Inca Lagoon from Santiago

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Small-Group Tour to Valle Nevado and Farellones from Santiago

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Santiago Like a Local: Private Walking Tour with Coffee, Markets, Street Food and San Cristobal Hill

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Traditional Chilean Show with Dinner and Private Transportation in Santiago

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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.
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Small-Group Tour: Night City Tour with Santa Lucia Hill and Dinner Show

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Small Group Full-Day Tour to Isla Negra, San Alfonso del Mar, and Pomaire

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Santiago Nightlife Tour with Food and Drinks

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