Free Walking Tour Santiago Chile

Free Walking Tour Santiago Chile

Santiago in Chile was our first experience of a Free Walking Tour.  Since that first tour, we have been hooked!  If there is a Free Walking Tour in a city, it is usually the first thing we do. We learn so much and we enjoy the snippets of information that the guides share with you. We get a personal viewpoint on the city from a local’s point of view. Who loves locals tips on where to eat and what to do in the city which is off the beaten path?

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Our first walking tour ever was in South America and it was conducted by Johnny, a Scotsman, passionate about Santiago his adopted hometown. It was one of the best things to do in Santiago Chile.

(Editor Updated December 2019)

Map of Santiago Chile

Free Walking Tour Santiago

Map of Santiago City

Where is Santiago Chile

Santiago is the Capital of Chile and lies in a valley in the centre of the country between the Andes Mountain and the coast.

For more information on Santiago Chile prior to your Free Walking Tour 


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Highlights of our Free Walking Tour  Santiago

Free Walking Tour Santiago Chile

Plaza de Armas Santiago Chile

Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas is considered the centre of Santiago and all distances to and from Chile are measured from this plaza.  It is here you will find the sculpture in honour of Chile’s Mapuche People. The Mapuche People are from south-central Chile and are the largest ethnic group in Chile. They make up 9% of Chile’s population.

Free Walking Tour Santiago Chile

Palacio la Moneda

Palacio la Moneda 

Palacio la Moneda is the seat of the President of Chile.  The building began construction in 1784 and was officially opened in 1805.  During the period 1814 – 1929 the building was used for the production of Chile’s coin currency.

You can enjoy the changing of the guard at 10 am on weekdays and 11 am on weekends.  The changing of the guard takes place every 2 days; in odd months on odd days and in even months on even days.

Free Walking Tour Santiago Chile

Chile’s Flag

Chile’s Flag 

Chile’s Flag is located on the grounds of the Palacio and is the size of a football oval.

Free Walking Tour Santiago Chile

Our four-legged guide

Even street dogs enjoy the free walking tour, this friendly dog follows the group to ensure everyone gets to the next location and sometimes takes the lead.  He is rewarded by a drink from one of the local vendors.  He joins in every day.

Free Walking Tour Santiago

Santa Lucia Hill

Santa Lucia Hill

The castle originally was used as a lookout for the planning of the city of Santiago.

Free Walking Tour Santiago Chile

Santiago’s famous wall mural

“Mural – The City of Santiago to Gabriella Mistral”

This is a mural tribute to Santiago’s Nobel Prize winner Gabriella Mistral who took out this literature award in 1945.  It is the work of the painter Fernando Doza.

Note our four-legged friend, waiting patiently for us to take photos before we move to the coffee shop where he can rest in the shade.

Free Walking Tour Santiago

The wonderful Wonderful Cafe

All free walking tours usually have a break halfway through.  We enjoyed our coffee at the “Wonderful Cafe” – well named.  It is located at Jose Victorino Lastarria 90.

Free Walking Tour Santiago Chile

Bellavista neighbourhood

On the way to the Bellavista Neighbourhood, we came across this unique building!  This whole street was dedicated to local 2nd hand booksellers.

Free Walking Tour Santiago Chile

Bellavista Cafes

Across the Mapuche River, you will find the bohemian Bellavista Neighbourhood – full of cafes, restaurants, bars and street theatre. For a list of the top 10 restaurants and bars click here.

Free Walking Tour Santiago

Street theatre

The Santiago Walking Tour Full Itinerary:

Plaza d Armas- Cathedral, Municipalidad, Correos Post Office
Museo de Arte Pre Colombino (Pre-Columbian Art Museum)
Antiguo Congresso – Old Congress Building
Corte Suprema – Supreme Court
Palacio La Moneda – Government House
Bolsa de Comercio – Santiago Stock Exchange
Teatro Municipal – Opera House
Cerro Santa Lucia – Santa Lucia Hill
Barrio Lastarria – Lastarria Neighbourhood
Museo de Bellas Artes – Museum of Fine Arts
Parque Forestal – Forestal Park
Plaza Italia – Italy Square
Barrio Bellavista – Bellavista Neighbourhood
Casa de Pablo Neruda – Neruda Museum
Cerro San Cristobal – San Cristobal Hill

General Information on the Free Walking Tour in Santiago

Website: www.freetoursantiago.cl
Tel 9-2368789
[email protected]
Meeting Point: is in the front of the cathedral of Santiago (metro station Plaza de Armas line 5) they will be wearing a red tour t-shirt.

How much to tip?

As they do not charge for this tour they rely on tips and the amount recommended is between 5000-8000 pesos.

Duration:

4 hours

Other Things To Do in Santiago Chile

We are very happy using Get Your Guide in activities in cities that we visit.  We love their ‘best price guarantee’ which means if we find the same activity by the same local tour operator in the same currency for less they will refund the difference.  Currently, they offer over 35,000 activities in over 7,600 locations.

There is so much to do in Santiago City here are some Santiago Chile tours  for you:

Vina Del Mar and Valparaiso Tour

Concha y Toro Wine Experience

Maipo Canyon Volcano and Hot Spring Tour

Small-Group Street Art Tour

Tour Isla Negra, San Alfonso and Pomaire

Santa Rita Winery Tour

If you enjoyed our Santiago walking tour please check out our other posts on free walking tours:

Free Walking Tour Buenos Aires

Free Walking Tour Porto

Free Walking Tour Cusco

Free Walking Tour Seville

 

Where To Stay in Santiago Chile

Apart from hotels in Santiago have you considered staying in Airbnb properties?  Santiago has a range of properties in each Barrio that suits all budgets.

Plaza El Bosque Nueva Las Condes at Manquehue 656 Las Condes Santiago

Hotel Casa Real – Santa Rita at Camino Padre Hurtado Santiago

One of our favourite neighbourhoods – Hotel Stanford Chile at Coronel 2380 Providencia

Location is all-important when choosing accommodation here is another recommendation in the Providencia area – Solace Santiago at Monsenor Sotero Sanz 115 Providencia

Our favourite budget accommodation in Santiago is Ventana Sur with its own swimming pool in the Providencia area.

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Essential Visitor Information for Santiago Chile

Getting In

Santiago’s airport is 17 km from downtown.

You can pre-book your airport transfer here.

Getting Around

Book your bus tickets around Chile and the rest of South America here.

You can tour Santiago with their Hop On Hop Off Bus.

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