The historic center of Santiago is a world treasure and urban depository of diverse cultural and historical influences that have shaped the Chilean nation. From pre-hispanic times to the modern era, its buildings, public spaces and monuments disguise a rich tapestry which we will unveil in our Essential Santiago tour.
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La Plaza de Armas, El Barrio Civico, and La Iglesia de San Francisco
Remote Tour Included
As with all our tours, a remote tour is included that can be enjoyed from home
- La Plaza De Armas - As our point of departure, we will explore the long history of Santiago's beating heart and cultural nucleus.
- La Plaza de Armas - Buildings - Discover the functional and stylistic evolution of the main square’s buildings, crucial to the historic development of Chile.
- El Palacio La Alhambra - Eavesdrop on the tumultuous history of this uniquely exotic palace, where art has suffered from the realities of war.
- El Palacio de La Moneda - Explore the history of one of Latin America’s most famous political buildings, one whose past is etched in the memory of the nation.
- El Barrio Cívico - Discover the various elements of Chile’s modern-day political nucleus, their architectural connotations and their overlapping layers of history.
- La Alameda - Take a trip through time down Santiago’s proverbial memory lane, where a 19th boulevard once charmed the nation.
- La Iglesia de San Francisco - Discover the tremendous evolution of Chile’s oldest building, and the colonial treasures that it still houses.
- El Teatro Municipal de Santiago - Explore a cultural jewel of Chile that staged one of the capital’s most traumatic republican disasters.
- El Cerro de Santa Lucia - Delve into the captivating pre-hispanic origins of this sacred hill, histories that have eluded the knowledge of Chileans for centuries