Plaza de Armas
Free Tour Santiago
A free four-hour walking tour of downtown Santiago: guides work for tips only, so be prepared to offer gratuity. No booking necessary,...
Museo Histórico Nacional
Colonial furniture, weapons, paintings, historical objects and models chart Chile's colonial and republican history at the Museo...
Overlooking the Plaza de Armas is the neoclassical Catedral Metropolitana, built between 1748 and 1800. Bishops celebrating mass on the...
From the chrome counter to the waitstaff of old-timers, this fuente de soda is as vintage as they come. It has been churning out...
Plaza de Armas information
Lonely Planet review
Since the city's founding in 1541, the Plaza de Armas has been its symbolic heart. In colonial times a gallows was the square's grisly centerpiece; today it's a fountain celebrating libertador (liberator) Simón Bolívar, shaded by more than a hundred Chilean palm trees. Parallel pedestrian precincts Paseo Ahumada and Paseo Estado disgorge scores of strolling Santiaguinos onto the square on weekends and sunny weekday afternoons: clowns, helium-balloon sellers and snack stands keep them entertained.