Santiago (San Antonio), Chile

Nestled between rolling hills topped with colorful houses and meandering coastal dunes, the bustling city of San Antonio enjoys its reputation as the gateway to Chile's central valley and the capital of Santiago. With a population of over five million people, Santiago sprawls at the feet of the snow-capped Andes. Inland lies the sun-kissed wine regions of Casablanca and Maipo Maipo Valley, Chile's internationally renowned wine district.

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Points of Interest

  • Maritime Museum
  • Cerros/Funicular
  • La Sebastiana
  • Viña del Mar
  • Fonck Museum
  • Plaza de Armas
  • National History Museum
  • Constitution Square
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  • Maritime Museum

    Located on top of a hill, this neoclassical mansion and former naval academy offers stunning views of the city and ocean. Walk the museum grounds and explore the history of this city's port.

  • Cerros/Funicular

    Valparaiso's hilly topography and steep grades make good use of funiculars or "ascensores" to climb its 45 hills or "cerros," with each ride promising a more glorious view of the ocean.

  • La Sebastiana

    Built by architect Sebastian Collao, who died before the house was finished, it became the residence of the poet, Pablo Neruda a decade later. Today, it is a colorful museum and center for the arts.

  • Viña del Mar

    One of Chile's most popular cities for tourism, Viña has something for everyone. It is home to Chile's oldest casino, world-class restaurants, palm-lined boulevards, parks and miles of beaches.

  • Fonck Museum

    A 500-year-old stone head from Easter Island greets you at the entrance to the museum named for Francisco Fonck, archaeologist and Viña del Mar native, just hinting at the treasures that lay inside.

  • Plaza de Armas

    Santiago's main square was its civic center when first founded by the Spaniards in the 16th century. Today it's a great place to enjoy a walk in the gardens and listen to music in the square.

  • National History Museum

    Located in the building of the former Palacio de la Real Audiencia, this museum has a wide collection of historical objects from colonial until the modern times.

  • Constitution Square

    Located on this plaza is Palacio de la Moneda where General Pinochet sparked his 17-year reign on September 11, 1973. See the changing of the guard take place surrounded by 12 Chilean flags.

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