29 Apr 6 Hidden Gems to Discover During a Visit to Santiago
Are you planning a visit to Santiago, Chile? Step off the beaten path filled with hundreds of tourists every day. This city is incredible and has dozens of fascinating secrets for you to discover.
6 Places to Find and Activities to Try During Your Visit to Santiago
1. Visit Museo a Cielo Abierto
Museo a Cielo Abierto will translate to English as something like ‘open sky museum’. This is one of Santiago’s most charming hidden gems that the majority of tourists miss. In essence, it’s an open-air art gallery where you can see the works of contemporary street artists. It’s a great place to visit not only for art lovers but for everyone interested in modern Chilean culture as these murals depict the matters pertinent to the people. The best thing is that the exhibits in this ‘museum’ are actual houses, apartment buildings, etc. In a way, this is not only a gallery but also a method of making the not-very-nice looking neighborhoods into something truly incredible.
2. Go on a free city tour with a local guide
You can learn a lot about Santiago from online guides and Google Maps will help you reach different attractions. However, in order to truly experience the life of the city, you’ll need to see it from a perspective of a local. The easiest way to do this is to enjoy some of the free tours in Santiago. These will take you to all the main attractions, so you don’t miss any of the top spots. However, this experience will also allow you to learn stories and anecdotes that you won’t find in any brochure made for tourists. You will also discover small and special places known only to the locals.
3. Find an abandoned greenhouse in Parque Quinta Normal
Parque Quinta Normal is one of the most popular places to visit in Santiago for both tourists and locals. It’s no wonder because the park is amazing and offers many activities, as well as the Chilean National Museum of Natural History. However, even this ‘hot spot’ has hidden gems. If you wander through it a while you’ll find a place of truly haunting beauty. It’s an abandoned greenhouse that dates back to the early years of the park. Today it’s a ruin, but it looks amazing still.
4. Visit the National Astronomical Observatory of Chile
The majority of tourists come to Santiago to enjoy architecture and visit some famous markets, galleries, and museums. However, few know that the country’s main astronomical observatory is also located nearby. The National Astronomical Observatory of Chile was built in 1852 but it has gone through a variety of changes throughout its history. If you are interested in astronomy, you definitely should look for a way to visit this place.
5. See the architectural wonder that is the Baha’i Temple of South America
Baha’i Temple of South America isn’t an example of the elegant and opulent historic architecture Santiago is famous for. However, this building is a monument to the incredible growth of the Chilean people. The nation embraces innovation and progress, which is proven by the temple winning Innovation in Architecture Award in 2017. This domed building covered with veils is extraordinary in every sense of the word. You definitely cannot afford to miss it during your visit to Santiago if you want to see the modern side of the city.
6. Go on a photo scavenger hunt
If you prefer to explore alone and enjoy photography, the photo hashtag scavenger hunt is a perfect Santiago entertainment for you. This adventure will take you through the streets of Santiago looking for special hashtags to photograph. Be warned that this is a tour without a guide, so you can get lost. Be prepared to use your GPS and map.