Despite its location in South America, Santiago has a distinctly European feel, from its neoclassical architecture to its efficient metro system, Santiago is one of South America’s most sophisticated cities and a must-see if you are visiting Chile, even for a short while.
A great way to get acquainted with Santiago is to take a city tour. Cruising through the city streets, you’ll notice the varied architectural designs—Santiago’s buildings and monuments are a cavalcade of European styles, especially the Parque Forestal, which is based upon Paris’ Champs-Elysees. The tour finishes up at Los Graneros del Alba, a handicraft village located near the famous church of Los Dominicos. Here you can browse handmade sundries and souvenirs as well as sample Chilean cuisine. As the tour is about 3 ½ hours long, the village is a great stop for a late lunch or early dinner. Either way, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the Chilean capitol’s sights.