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Plaza de Armas, Santiago

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The centerpiece of Santiago, Plaza de Armas continues to represent the pulse of the capital, full of lively locals and historic buildings. Once centered on the gallows, the square now prominently features a statue of Simon Bolivar. Stroll around the plaza to notice important landmarks like the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, the central post office building, and the city government headquarters. Grab a drink at one of many cafes, watch the street life whiz by, or shop for jewelry and souvenirs in the nearby arcade. By using our Santiago trip itinerary planner, you can arrange your visit to Plaza de Armas and other attractions in Santiago.
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Santiago features numerous distinct neighborhoods filled with affordable sleeping options. For easiest access to the city's top museums and eateries, consider the hotels located in the pleasant downtown area, where you can also find many furnished apartments ideal for longer stays. For close proximity to the city's best nightlife options, consider Bellavista or Barrios Lastarria, or head to charming Providencia if you prefer something a bit more sophisticated and less raucous.
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  • Beautiful area of Santiago with some great shopping from local artisans. The architecture of Santiago completely surprised and wowed me!  more »
  • During our visit to Santiago, Chile, my wife and I enjoyed exploring Plaza de Armas. This is a well maintained park with lots of places to sit under the many trees. I was particularly drawn to the thr...  more »
  • I was recently in Santiago for a 2 day stop over on my way to Peru. I was fortunate to have been here on the weekend to be able to take in the festive nature of the Plaza de Armas & CBD are in general...  more »
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  • A very busy square, possibly the busiest square in Santiago. There are strip malls nearby. Many stalls beside the square foot tourist shopping and food. Lot of trees, easy to find a spot to relax under the trees. There is a post office beside the church if you need postcards and stamps!
  • The most beautiful place in all of Santiago. The free walking tours at 10 am and 3 pm are something you shouldn't miss! The guides are energetic, friendly and give out a lot of historical information.
  • Great area. Lots to do. Fish market and live public entertainment.
  • I'm not saying don't go here, but the Plaza de Armas really is just a plaza. I went here on New Year's Day, and it was full of Chile's immigrant working class. I saw the police arrest a woman for selling bottled water, and she resisted and screamed. I'm from San Francisco, and I enjoy seeing beneath the glossy surface of Chile's economic success and the socio-economic reality. We passed through the plaza two days later, and it was full of tourists.
  • Having stayed right on the Plaza in an AirBNB for a week, I can tell you that it is always definitely alive. From early morning, there are people selling goods and food. Buskers entertain large crowds throughout the day or you might prefer to check out the chess players. Children (and adults) swim in the fountain and this zest of life is made spicier with the ongoing rantings of religious folk on loud speakers. At night, the square begins to shift its atmosphere with many homeless sleeping there and city dogs coming home for rest for the night. By 6am, the council has already been through with rubbish collection and cleaners to reset the square for the next day.