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With many convenient American Airlines flights to Santiago, it's easy to visit the capital of Chile and discover its many intriguing facets. Founded in the 16th century, it's a city steeped in history, but it also has a distinctively modern, cosmopolitan flair. From exploring its historical downtown to sampling Chilean wines, there is a multitude of things to do in Santiago that will keep you enthralled.
First on our list of activities in Santiago is exploring downtown by foot. There are several pedestrian malls that make it easy to walk, window shop and discover. Along Paseo Huerfanos you can find Cerro Santa Lucia, a park built atop a rocky hill that affords panoramic views of the city below. Continue north and near the Parque Forestal you'll find the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, or National Museum of Fine Art. It's housed in the Palace of the Fine Arts, which was constructed in 1910 to commemorate the first centennial of Chile's independence. Its permanent collection includes the work of more than 2,000 Chilean artists along with a collection by European and Dutch artists. Just behind it, you'll find the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, or Museum of Contemporary Art, where you can view thousands of modern pieces by a diverse range of artists, both Chilean as well as international.
Don't finish your walking tour without visiting the Iglesia de San Francisco. It's one of our favorite things to do in Santiago. The church is considered the oldest monument in Chile, dating to the Colonial era, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its iconic bell tower has become a symbol of Santiago.
The city is also full of parks, which allow you to relax and enjoy the views and atmosphere. And when it comes to gastronomy, Santiago is hard to beat. Its many restaurants feature everything from empanadas to seafood. But don't leave without trying another must on our list of activities in Santiago: sampling Chilean wines! Some of the country's best vineyards can be found just outside Santiago in the Maipo Valley. The region's cabernet sauvignon is especially exquisite.
For a great overview of the city, try the Private Tour: Santiago City Sightseeing, a private guided tour that lasts about three-and-a-half hours. Afterward, it's easy to see why Santiago has become one of South America's hottest new destinations. Fly to Santiago with American Airlines and discover its allure for yourself.