Its me Rachael and I am back to discuss some of the great cultural experiences you can have here in Santiago for little or no money! One of the stops of the Tours 4 Tips morning tour is the General Cemetery. This is a really interesting and peaceful spot to visit and it completely FREE. Rather than a typical cemetery, it works more like a park, and is called ‘an outdoor museum’ with people coming to walk or cycle around the huge area (over 100 football fields would fit into it!) There is so much architecture to see and lots of beautiful buildings where some very important figures from Chilean society are buried today.
If you want to learn even more about Chile’s history and culture, Santiago is definitely not short of museums! Keep in mind that all museums are closed on Mondays and FREE on Sundays:
There is a whole host to choose from, most requiring just a small entrance fee and some are free. The Museum of Memory and Human Rights located in Quinta Normal is definitely worth a visit, you get to delve into Chile’s recent history through pictures, videos and memoirs to find out much more about the Chilean people, their past and how Chile has arrived at where it’s at today. I also recently visited Chile’s National History Museum which gives you a great insight into the development of the country, with information on education, the economy, social class, industry and much more from its colonial times to the twentieth century. You can climb to the clock tower, the highest part of the building, and get a nice view of Plaza de Armas and the surrounding area.
The Fine Arts Museum in Bellas Artes is one of Chile’s most important art museums, and the building itself is a work of art! Take a look at some of the other top museums to see in the city Here.
Regarding food, a visit to La Vega Central market in Recoleta is a must do!! Even if you don’t want to buy anything, it’s an experience just to go and walk around, get lost in the maze of fruit and vegetable stands and interact with the local vendors who are always happy to receive tourists! It’s quite easy to make a day out of just visiting this one market! There is much more to it than fruit and vegetables, there are lots of other products. Whatever the grocery store has, La Vega has it at a much more reasonable price. There are also restaurants where you can not only get a taste for the traditional food but get a taste for the hustle and bustle of the market and be immersed in local life.
Another huuuge flea market (Chile’s largest) that’s worth a visit here in Santiago is Bio-Bio Market located near Metro Franklin. Stalls upon stalls of cheap second hand goods, you can find nearly everything there – clothes, antiques, furniture, electronics, toys, books, the list is endless! It’s great because it doesn’t feel touristy at all and you can enjoy just strolling around and getting to know the locals and their way of life. There is food being sold on every corner and the smells are exquisite so be sure to grab a tasty bite to eat in amongst the comings and goings of the market.
There is so much to see and do! What are you waiting for, get on down to Santiago and be immersed in the local life, learn about the culture and history of this beautiful country, and even better, you can do it very cheaply!