Santiago has a fairly long history, having first been founded in 1541, by Spaniard Pedro de Valdivia. Since then it has grown, though fires and earthquakes have done away with many of the original historical buildings. If you want to know more about the history of Santiago, much of your investigation will keep you around the comuna (district) of Santiago Centro (downtown), which is where most of it happened. Close-in areas such as Providencia (where Pedro de Valdivia has a street named after him) were rural or suburban as recently as 60 years ago.
Splendid palace just a few steps from downtown...
Calle Concha Y Toro, 2
Concha y Toro is a secret little neighborhood just steps from the Alameda, and one of few cobblestoned areas remaining in Santiago... read more
José Victorino Lastarria 305 y 307
Calle Nueva York
Cerro Santa Lucía is the smaller of the two iconic hills in Santiago... read more
"avda" "vicuna Mackenna", 94
Small, informative museum about the life of Benjamin Vicuña, with early models of the city, and period furniture... read more