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,...
Hop-on, hop-off double-decker bus tours run to 12 stops between the Centro district and Parque Arauco mall. Check the online map for...
Museo Histórico Nacional
Colonial furniture, weapons, paintings, historical objects and models chart Chile's colonial and republican history at the Museo...
Some of the cheapest meals in town come from the string of food stands that line the Portal Fernández Concha, the arcade along the north...
cnr Monjitas & 21 de Mayo · interesting places nearby
Plaza de Armas information
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.