Explore Santiago

We are excited to welcome you to Santiago, Chile, for ISEE 2024! Here are a few must-visit sites to check out while you’re in the city…

La Moneda Palace

Built in the late 18th century, La Moneda Palace serves as the seat of the President of Chile. Its neoclassical architecture and historical significance, including being the site of Salvador Allende’s presidency and subsequent coup in 1973, make it a symbol of Chilean democracy and resilience.

Visitors can enjoy guided tours to explore the historic presidential palace, but booking in advance is recommended.

– Admission: Free

– Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

– Official Website: https://www.presidencia.cl

Santa Lucía Hill

Dating back to the 19th century, Santa Lucía Hill is a verdant oasis amidst Santiago’s urban landscape. The charming pathways, ornate fountains, and ancient fortifications of this picturesque hill offer visitors a tranquil retreat and panoramic views of Santiago, blending natural beauty with rich historical heritage.

– Admission: Free

– Opening Hours: Daily, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino (Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art)

Founded in 1981, this museum showcases an extensive collection of pre-Columbian artifacts spanning over 4,500 years of indigenous art and culture from Central and South America. From intricate ceramics to precious metalwork, the museum provides insight into the diverse civilizations that flourished in the Americas prior to European contact.

– Admission: CLP $6,000 (approx. $8 USD)

– Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

– Official Website: https://www.precolombino.cl/

Mercado Central (Central Market)

Established in 1872, Mercado Central is a bustling hub of activity where locals and tourists alike converge to savor Chile’s bounty of fresh seafood. Its vibrant atmosphere, colorful stalls, and authentic eateries offer a sensory feast, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the culinary delights of Chilean cuisine. Experience the vibrant atmosphere of Santiago’s bustling seafood market, where you can sample fresh catches, enjoy local cuisine, and soak in the lively ambiance.

– Admission: Free

– Opening Hours: Daily, 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Cerro San Cristóbal (San Cristóbal Hill)

Discovered by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century, San Cristóbal Hill is a natural landmark towering over Santiago. Its summit, accessible by a scenic ride on the funicular or cable car, offers sweeping vistas of the city skyline and the snow-capped peaks of the Andes Mountains beyond—making it a popular destination for nature lovers and photographers alike.

– Admission: Free (Funicular and cable car rides have separate fees)

– Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 AM to 7:45 PM (funicular and cable car operate until 7:00 PM)


Please note that opening hours and admission fees may be subject to change, so it’s a good idea to double-check closer to your visit date. Enjoy your time exploring Santiago! 


Chile is widely recognized as one of the safest countries in Latin America, with a relatively low crime rate compared to its neighbors. However, like any destination, it’s important to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Please click here for tips on how to remain safe both before and during your visit to Santiago.

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