Things to do in Santiago

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Santiago Tourist Attractions & Activities

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1. Costanera Center

Take a break from Santiago’s historic attractions and urban parks to enjoy some retail therapy at the Costanera Center. This commercial and business center is home to a modern shopping mall with floor upon floor of independent stores and internationally famous brands. The complex also encompasses four skyscrapers occupied by hotels and offices, including the sparkling 984-foot (300-meter) tall Gran Torre Santiago, one of the highest structures in South America.
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Discover hundreds of retail outlets, cafés and restaurants, and see one of South America’s tallest buildings at this modern retail and business center.

2. Museum of Memory and Human Rights

A visit to the Museum of Memory and Human Rights (Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos) provides a glimpse into life during Chile’s dictatorship years. It’s a must for anyone with an interest in recent Chilean history. Find interactive exhibits that retell the events of the 1973 coup d’état and the human rights violations that took place between then and 1990.
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Learn about the crimes against human rights committed during Chile’s dictatorship years and the reign of controversial military leader Augusto Pinochet.

3. Sculpture Park

Relax on grassy lawns amid the peaceful confines of Sculpture Park (Parque de las Esculturas). Stroll past an interesting collection of contemporary sculptures and statues while you enjoy views up the Mapocho River toward the snow-peaked Andes mountain range. Watch live music performances during an annual jazz festival. The park stretches along a section of the Mapocho River in Santiago’s affluent Providencia suburb.
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Admire a collection of sculptures by national and international artists, enjoy views of the Andes or watch live music events in this park in Providencia.

4. Plaza de Armas

Lively and picturesque Plaza de Armas is the historic heart of Santiago. Admire important city landmarks, visit museums and art galleries, shop for handicrafts and watch street performers. Established by Pedro de Valdivia shortly after he founded the city in 1541, this leafy square has been the city’s pulsating epicenter for nearly five centuries.
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This historic central square is home to magnificent works of architecture, museums and a nice blend of city workers, street performers and artisans. 

5. National Museum of Natural History

A visit to the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural (National Museum of Natural History) offers a fascinating insight into the natural and cultural heritage of Chile and South America. From taxidermy displays to ancient fossils and artifacts from pre-Colombian civilizations, the museum showcases the continent’s long and varied history.
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Whale skeletons, fossils and artifacts from ancient civilizations present a glimpse into the diverse cultural history of Chile and South America.

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