When the weekend arrives and it’s time to relax, it’s a good idea to get to know the city in which you’re living and studying a little better.
Studying in Chile is a great experience academically and for your future professional life, but it’s also a country that offers visitors a range of exciting activities to enjoy.
Santiago is home to some of the top attractions in Chile, giving you a chance to take a break from your studies and recharge your batteries during some well-deserved time off.
Top places to visit in Santiago while studying in Chile
La Moneda Palace
Seat of the President of the Republic of Chile, La Moneda Palace was inaugurated in 1805. With its impressive European architecture, today it is one of the main attractions for visitors to the Santiago.
Santa Lucía Hill
Santa Lucía Hill is one of the most popular public parks in Santiago, which visitors to the city simply cannot miss. Located in the city center, Santa Lucía Hill was a strategic Spanish military site in 1540. Without a doubt, exploring its history-filled corners is a great way to spend an afternoon.
Barrio Bellavista is another area that is definitely worth a visit. Its vibrant colors and culture are the main attractions of this neighborhood, where you can also visit the house of Chilean Nobel-Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda.
San Cristóbal Hill
You can reach the top of San Cristóbal Hill—the second-highest point in the city at 880 meters above sea level—by funicular railway, cable car or on foot. It is also a great place to exercise or simply enjoy the view.
Plaza de Armas
Santiago’s main square is a great place to learn a little more about Chilean history, as well as visit the museums in the surrounding streets or its popular Metropolitan Cathedral.
The Museum of Memory and Human Rights
While in Santiago, make sure that you visit the Museum of Memory and Human Rights. At this museum, you can find out more about Chilean history, with impressive galleries and information in chronological order.
If you’re looking for a good place to eat, the Central Market is the place that most Chileans recommend to sample local cuisine. In 2012, it was named the fifth-best food market in the world by the National Geographic.
While you’re studying in Chile, make sure that you enjoy all of the attractions that the country has to offer visitors.