This morning, you cross over the craggy Andes Mountains and land on the outskirts of scintillating Santiago, Chile’s captivating capital and one of the great cities of South America. A driver will be waiting for you at the airport, and will transfer you to your luxurious accommodations in the heart of this incredible city, where the staff is warm and welcoming, and the amenities are truly second to none.
Spend the morning recovering from your overnight flight, then head out to explore the city with an expert guide, hitting all of Santiago’s varied highlights. You’ll be amazed by the ornate façade of the splendid La Moneda Palace, a masterpiece of neoclassical architecture. You’ll be inspired by the newly constructed Plaza de la Ciudadania, the beautiful public square that fronts La Moneda and offers many stirring monuments to the political greats from Chile’s long and illustrious history. Then turn to the Plaza de Armas, the social, cultural and spiritual heart of Santiago, where you’ll encounter some of the finest examples of architecture the city has to offer. Here you’ll find the impressive and inspirational Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago – the seat of the Archbishop of Santiago – the Central Post Office Building that looks like it was lifted from the streets of turn-of-the-century Paris, and the fascinating Palacio de la Real Audiencia de Santiago, which houses the excellent National History Museum of Chile.
Later this afternoon, you’ll make your way to the greener parts of Santiago, offering an amazing look at the diversity of this marvelous metropolis. Enjoy a gentle stroll through the Parque Forestal, noted for its triple line of Oriental plane trees and for the fine museums that can be found here, including two of Chile’s best art museums. Venture into the charming neighborhood of Bellavista, where you’ll find La Chascona, the Santiago house of Chile’s most famous poet, Pablo Neruda, as well as a wide assortment of boutiques, restaurants, and cutting-edge art galleries. A climb up nearby San Cristobal Hill offers a sensational view over the city, and a visit to the village of Los Graneros del Alba is sure to be the perfect end to this stirring tour of Santiago.
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