Photo Gallery Family Hostel offers you a number of interesting short tours around Santiago. Price: US$17.
Barrio Concha y Toro:
Concha y Toro Neighbourhood: A few steps from Metro República (Subway station) in the west part of Santiago downtown, this neighborhood is famous for its late 19th century Parisian little squares, cobbled streets and houses and buildings.
Barrio Lastarria (Lastarria Neighbourhood): A traditional neighbourhood with museums, art galleries, interesting buildings designed by famous architects, ethnic restaurants, cultural activities, cobbled streets, and the best place for
artists in search of pubs where to meet and come up with inspiration.
Pueblito Los Dominicos: Close to the mountains and only a few minutes by underground (Metro) from the city centre, Los Dominicos Village is a crafts market and popular tourist shopping destination in a heritage zone of Santiago. In the near 200 stores, you can find all kinds of traditional goods, including leather work, wood craft, sculptures, paintings, copper cookware, fine jewellery, pets, flowers, medicinal herbs, Chilean plants (as well as some foreign plants such as bonsais), and also some traditional foods such as typical Chilean empanadas and Pastel de Choclo.
Cerro Santa Lucia: Santa Lucía Hill is a small hill in the centre of Santiago. An adjacent metro station is named after it. The hill has an altitude of 629 m and a height of 69 m over the surrounding area. It is an icon of the City of Santiago. The hill comprises a parkadorned with ornate facades, stairways and fountains. At the highest point there is a castle wall and a viewpoint tower popular with tourists visiting the city.
Cerro San Cristobal: Cerro San Cristóbal (San Cristóbal Hill) is a hill in central-northern Santiago. It rises about 300 m above the rest of Santiago; the peak is the second highest point in the city. On its summit there is a sanctuary dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, with a 22 meter statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an amphitheater and chapel. The statue is lit up at night by lights placed on its sides, allowing it to be viewed from all over Santiago both day and night. At the foothills of Cerro San Cristóbal are the Chilean National Zoo, a Japanese-style garden, two municipal pools, Santiago's largest public park.
Museo de Bellas Artes: Next to River Mapocho and the French-style Parque Forestal, The Fine Arts Museum (Museo de Bellas Artes), contains one of the largest collections of Chilean paintings. Behind it is located the Museum of Contemporary Art (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo).
Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral: Located in the city's Plaza de Armas, the construction of the neoclassical cathedral began in 1748 and ended in 1800.It was declared a national monument in1951, and it contains fine furniture and artistic representations of angels and saints.
Palacio La Moneda: La Moneda Palace is the seat of the President of the Republic of Chile. It also houses the offices of three cabinet ministers. Built with limestone, red stones, white stones and precious woods, this pure Italian neoclassical building went through restoration after large portions of the building were destroyed or damaged in the 1973 military coup. At midday you can enjoy the Changing of the Guards. A must see !