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Santiago

Country
Chile
State
Santiago Province
City
Santiago
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport is Santiago's national and international airport. 15 minutes from the centre via the urban motorways (Costanera Norte-Vespucio Norte).

By Train

Trains operated by Chile's national railway, Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado, connect Santiago to Chillan, in the central-southern part of the country.All such trains arrive and depart from the Estacion Central ("Central Station") which can be accessed by bus or subway.

By Bus

Transantiago is the name for the city's public transport system.It works by combining local (feeder) bus lines, main bus lines and the Metro network.It includes an integrated fare system, which allows passengers to make bus-to-bus or bus-to-metro transfers for the price of one ticket, using a contactless smartcard.Fares cannot be paid in cash, and if the card have not enough credit, must be recharged before a trip.

By Taxi

Taxicabs are common in Santiago and are painted black with yellow roofs and have orange license plates.So-called radiotaxis may be called up by telephone and can be any make, model, or color but should always have the orange plates.Colectivos are shared taxicabs that carry passengers along a specific route for a fixed fee.

Key places to visit
La Moneda Palace, Parque Metropolitano, Cerro Santa Lucia, Festival de Jazz de Providencia, Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts


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Places to Visit

La Moneda Palace

Is the seat of the President of the Republic of Chile.It also houses the offices of three cabinet ministers: Interior, General Secretariat of the Presidency and General Secretariat of the Government. It occupies an entire block in downtown Santiago, in the area known as Civic District.In April 2006, Plaza de la Ciudadanía ("Citizenry Square") was opened on its southern facade, replacing a parking lot. The square was continued south of the Alameda avenue as Plaza de La Cultura ("Square of Culture").A plan to connect both squares to create a single pedestrian zone, tunneling the avenue in between, has been scrapped.A traditional guard mounting happens every odd-numbered day, including Sundays, at 10 a.m.

Parque Metropolitano

This vast park is home to Cerro San Cristobal.From the top there is a beautiful view over the city and, on a clear day, the Andes.The summit can be reached by funicular ($900 one way, $1600 return), cable car, or a long hike.In the park there is also a botanical garden, zoo and two swimming pools. Pope John Paul II visited its summit in 1987.

Cerro Santa Lucia

A park with fountains and stairs leading up to a fort and viewpoint the top.The summit has a great view of all but the skyscraper-obscured city center.Charles Darwin visited this peak at one point in his travels; his words are immortalized in a plaque at the summit. Free; registration at entrance required.

Festival de Jazz de Providencia

A very good jazz Festival takes place during summer (typically each February) in Providencia.The Festival de Jazz de Providencia takes place each year in Mapocho's riverside and showcasts the best local bands and some international guests.Tickets are cheap (from about 3 USD in the 2007 edition), so it's a good alternative for summer nights.

Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts

located in Santiago, Chile, is one of the major centers for the arts both in Chile and in the larger region of South America.Established in 1880 (making it the oldest in South America), the organization is managed by the "Artistic Union".The current building, the "Palace of the Fine Arts" (el Palacio de Bellas Artes), dates to 1910 and commemorates the first centennial of the Independence of Chile.It was designed by the French-Chilean architect Emile Jecquier in a full-blown Beaux-arts style and is situated in the Parque Forestal of Santiago.Behind it is located the Museum of Contemporary Art (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo) of the University of Chile, in which is also located the old School of Fine Arts (Escuela de Bellas Artes).

Right Time to Visit

January - February
March - December

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